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Arena Proposal

April 16, 2013

City of Seattle and ArenaCo reach agreement governing investments to KeyArena in preparation for NBA basketball and facility operations

  • ArenaCo pays use fees of $2 million annually to the city, over three times the net revenue realized in 2012 at KeyArena
  • Maintains all city employee jobs at KeyArena
  • ArenaCo commits to a minimum of $3 million in permanent capital improvements
  • Read the press release


A private investor has proposed to the City and County the construction of a new self-financing arena in Seattle's Stadium District with the ability to host an NBA and NHL team. The City and County have agreed to evaluate this proposal, which takes a new approach to arena financing.

  1. No new taxes will be required. The arena will be self-financed.

  2. Only taxes generated from construction and operation will be used for the project. In other words, it is funded by revenue that only exists because of the arena.

  3. The public will be protected by a contractual guarantee from the investment group, backed up by securities in a lockbox.

  4. The teams will enter into a binding non-relocation agreement until the arena financing is fully repaid.


Arena Proposal
Mayor McGinn and County Executive Constantine announce a new, self-funded arena proposal

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