A major step in bringing the NBA back to Seattle has been reached when the Seattle City Council has voted in favor of a new deal that would build a much needed arena.
The Associated Press reports that the city council voted 6-2 to approve a plan to build a $490 million arena close to Safeco Field and CenturyLink field south of downtown Seattle.
The deal includes that $200 million of the plan would come from public investment and investor Chris Hansen has guaranteed to cover the city's debt if the finance's for the arena fail to work out. The arena will be built to accommodate a potential NHL team.
"This is about a can-do spirit looking to the future and grabbing an opportunity that has been presented to the city," said Councilmember Tim Burgess.
The city still has a long way to go before bringing the NBA back to the Emerald City. They still need a team to agree to go there and the NBA has no plans to expand, so the next logical solution is to move a team to Seattle. However, would Seattle do what Clay Bennett did to them to another city?
Seattle needs a basketball team, plain and simple. It has a rich basketball tradition and it is a hotbed for young talent. Players like Brandon Roy, Jason Terry, and Jamal Crawford have all come out of the Emerald City and have become pretty good NBA players.
It's a giant leap forward for the city, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high, yet.