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Hansen Calls Assumption Arena-Goers Will Arrive Early for Games 'Grossly Inaccurate'

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Obviously, the showdown has been brewing for some time now. Critics of hedge-fund manager and predictable dresser Chris Hansen and his proposed Sodo NBA/NHL arena say it would snarl traffic and cause headaches. Hansen, as demonstrated by a recent post on his Sonics Arena website, thinks that's a load of crap.

Yesterday, a day before the scheduled tipoff between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Hansen took to the web, posting an entry titled "The Truth About the Sonics Arena and Traffic."

Hansen begins his post by noting the traffic study he funded came back saying everything in Sodo would be just fine should a new arena get built. Or, rather, that traffic and parking would be "manageable," given the fact that there's "adequate parking in the area as a result of the inventory built to accommodate the larger Mariners and Seahawks/Sounders crowds," and because any overlapping of scheduled events at Safeco, Century Link and the new arena would be "minimal." He also diplomatically points out that the study he funded suggests "Arena patrons would tend to arrive well after Terminal 46 and 30's scheduled 4:30 pm closing time, minimizing the impact on Port and industrial traffic."

From there, things get slightly less diplomatic.

From Hansen's post:

Despite the findings, several constituencies have derided the results as inaccurate, and claimed that as with Mariners games, Arena traffic will begin arriving as early as 3 pm, thus stifling SODO traffic from 3-5 pm while the Port is still open.

While such critics have yet to provide any substantive, independent analysis of their own to support such a point of view, common sense would tell us that people are simply not going to arrive at 3-4 pm for an Arena event that starts after 7 pm. On the contrary, we believe most of our customers are at work until at least 5 pm. But equally important is the fact that the Arena will not even open its doors to the public until 6 pm for weekday NBA and NHL games and most concerts. While some may choose to come to the area early for a drink or a bite to eat, most Arena patrons are in a rush to make tip-off/face-off and arrive just prior to game time -- a fact that is clearly evidenced by a simple glance at the stands of an NBA or NHL game for the first half of the first period. Thus the assumption that all of our patrons and their 6,000 vehicles will descend on the Arena site between 3-5 pm is just grossly inaccurate.

Boom! Take that, arena critics!

Tech savvy as he is, Hansen added some icing to his post in the form of a live SDOT traffic feed of the proposed Sonics Arena site. He suggests we all take a gander at it from 3-5 p.m. on Mariners game days, and from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. when he says most arena patrons will be arriving.

Boom! Take that, arena critics!

A rally featuring Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Slick Watts, Kevin Calabro, Blue Scholars, the Presidents of the United States of America and a perpetually hungover-looking Hansen has been scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. in Occidental Park.

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