Can Seattle become a hockey town? If the highest level of professional hockey calls Seattle home, what would that mean to the Seattle residents who do not care about the sport? Listen to today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast to find out.
Seattle Growth Podcast is an exploration of what the city’s rapid growth and transformation mean to residents, businesses, and city leaders. As a hallmark of that growth, multiple groups are vying to invest roughly half a billion dollars into our community to build a world class sports and entertainment arena. Oak View Group is hoping to renovate Seattle Center’s Key Arena. Chris Hansen and his investment team is hoping to build a private arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. City council will soon be deciding which proposal if any to proceed with.
Much of the attention for this arena has been on bringing back the Supersonics, a professional basketball franchise the city lost in 2008. In fact, Seattle Growth Podcast devoted an entire season to examining what professional basketball would mean to our growing city.
But often overlooked in this discussion is the fact that the National Hockey League (NHL) may grant a franchise to Seattle if a modern arena is developed in the city.
Today’s episode brings you several perspectives on the existing hockey community in Seattle and what hockey could mean to all residents, sports fans and non-sports fans alike.
Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission Ralph Morton describes what Seattle’s economic development means for a possible hockey franchise and what a hockey franchise can mean for Seattle’s further economic development. He is joined in the interview by Kevin Ticen, director of marketing and communications.
John Barr, a hockey enthusiast behind the NHL to Seattle fan movement, shares insight into the existing hockey community clamoring for the NHL.
Vanessa Kirk-Briley, from Ronald McDonald House Charities explains how professional hockey can have a significant impact on Seattle residents in need.