In two and a half years, Seattle may have an arena that is NBA and NHL ready.
Los Angeles-based Oak View Group will pump $600 million into Key West Arena.
The hope will be to bring concerts, a basketball team and maybe even a hockey team to the Pacific Northwest.
Canadian hockey fans read this headline and some, no doubt, wondered about the situation in Calgary.
Last September, the Flames announced ownership would no longer discuss replacing the aging Saddledome with the City of Calgary. In October, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and incumbent Councillors returned.
As I’ve said before, this situation will mirror what we recently saw in Edmonton. Oilers owner Daryl Katz was seen in Seattle, and now Edmonton plays in the state-of-the-art Rogers Place.
Prepare for reports of Flames brass meeting with Seattle officials, and prepare for a new building in Calgary.
As a good friend of mine said, “We’ve seen this movie.”