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SODO Arena Proposal

The City Council is considering a proposal negotiated by the Mayor, the King County Executive and a private investor named Chris Hansen to construct a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in SODO. The proposal stipulates the City finance the arena by issuing bonds of up to $120 million in addition to bonds issued by the County for up to $80 million.

The City Council's Government Performance and Finance Committee started its review in May and will continue through the summer according to this tentative schedule.

The proposed legislation to be considered by City Council consists of two major components:

  • A memorandum of understanding between the City, County and Mr. Hansen
  • An interlocal agreement between the City and County

Arena legislation review schedule

To share your comments
or questions with Councilmembers, use the contact information listed here.

The documents below include technical changes and minor adjustments developed by the City and County Councils and introduced on October 8 for a final vote on October 15 (with changes tracked from the version passed by the City Council on September 24):


The documents below were approved by the Full Council on September 24 (with changes tracked from the version passed out of committee):


Council Press Conference, 9/11/2012


On Tuesday, September 11, Councilmembers Clark, Burgess and O'Brien announced a negotiated agreement that protects the public's investment in this project and preserves family-wage jobs. The amended legislation was voted out of the Government Performance and Finance Committee on September 13.

Documents considered by the Council and videos of the Council's discussions

September 13, 2012

Council Bill 117480 version 2 passed Committee 7-0 (with one abstention)

July 30, 2012

July 19, 2012

July 18, 2012

July 5, 2012

June 29, 2012

June 20, 2012

June 7, 2012

June 6, 2012

May 31, 2012

Arena legislation review schedule

Thursday, May 31, 9:30 a.m.

Mayor's staff presents proposal overview

Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m.

Mayor's staff presents financial aspects of proposal

Thursday, June 7, 2 p.m.

Mayor's staff presents transportation plan and future of KeyArena, followed by a panel discussion with Port, labor and industry representatives

Wednesday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.

Presentation by Mayoral staff on KeyArena followed by discussion with Chris Hansen

Friday, June 29, 9:30 a.m.

Presentation by Mayoral staff on Initiative 91

Thursday, July 5, 2 p.m.

Committee deliberations

Wednesday, July 18, 9:30 a.m.

Committee deliberations

Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

Public hearing

Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 a.m.

Potential Committee deliberations, pending ongoing negotiations

Thursday, September 13, 2 p.m.

Committee deliberations and possible vote

Monday, September 24, 2 p.m.

Full Council consideration and vote

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