With all the buzz this week about Chris Hansen's investment group and its attempt to build a new NBA/NHL arena in the heart of SoDo, it's easy to see how people could forget about its predecessor, KeyArena.
In the interview with Dave "Softy" Mahler Wednesday, Bagshaw referred to Hansen's arena proposal as a possible "Trojan horse," making it clear that she thinks an NBA return to the city should focus on using KeyArena.
The result of these words was a frenzied response on Twitter, including "die-hard" fan group @BringBackSonics posting:
Sally Bagshaw called Hansen's deal for a Sodo arena a potential "Trojan Horse". Wants to focus more on Key Arena. And go by her terms.— Seattle SuperSonics (@BringBackSonics) June 13, 2012
Naturally, this led to a predictable reply from Sonics fans:
This stream of action did not lead to a response from @sonicsarena, the official Twitter page for the investment group working to build the SoDo arena. However, as you'll recall, Hansen already addressed the KeyArena issue in a May 15 letter to Mayor Mike McGinn.
As a refresher, in the letter Hansen lays out his views on the future of KeyArena, establishing three different potential scenarios for what might occur after an NBA team spends two years in the Key before the new SoDo complex is completed.
One scenario calls for the arena staying a "small arena" that according to Hansen would host events that could not gain the attendance necessary for the new SoDo venue. Other options brought forth by Hansen include turning the Key into a 6,000-seat theater venue or larger exhibition hall.
While all three options call for upgrades to KeyArena (which Hansen lays out in his letter), the hedge-fund manager also notes that choosing the final two options would not allow KeyArena to host its current major events, Seattle University basketball games and Seattle Storm WNBA games.
Find Hansen's letter from mid-May regarding KeyArena and what might be done with it on the following page ...