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Kstat
12-18-2005, 04:03 PM
What a bunch of greedy jerks. KeyArena is what, 10 years old?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2260336

Walker says franchise might explore options
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- If the city and the Legislature don't respond to requests to upgrade Key Arena by the end of the 2006 legislative session, the Seattle SuperSonics will begin entertaining offers from other cities, team chief executive Wally Walker says.

Walker made the comments Monday, after the Seattle City Council made clear it would not complete its information-gathering process with regard to potential renovation of the arena until February. That leaves the Sonics little time to put together a financing package to present in Olympia; the legislative session begins in January.

If lawmakers don't consider the issue next term, the next chance for resolution would be in 2007, Walker said -- too close to the team's 2010 lease expiration for comfort.

"If the city can't make up its mind whether they want us here past 2010, then we have to look at all our options," Walker told The News Tribune of Tacoma.

Last year, lawmakers rejected a request to finance a $200 million Key Arena expansion.

Other cities interested in landing an NBA franchise include Kansas City, Mo.; Oklahoma City; Anaheim, Calif.; and Las Vegas.

Kstat
12-18-2005, 04:05 PM
Upon checking, it seems KeyArena was built in 1983, but as I recall it was torn down and almost completely rebuilt in the late 90's to house the sonics.

Bball
12-18-2005, 04:52 PM
I hope Seattle or Washington state cares.... cuz I sure don't.

-Bball

Unclebuck
12-18-2005, 04:56 PM
Upon checking, it seems KeyArena was built in 1983, but as I recall it was torn down and almost completely rebuilt in the late 90's to house the sonics.


Yes it was completely torn down and rebuilt on the same exact location. It was in the mid 90's. They played one season elsewhere

Tim
12-18-2005, 06:10 PM
They are going to Vegas

317Kim
12-18-2005, 06:15 PM
GET ON YOU FEET AND WELCOME YOUR ... LAS VEGAS SONICS!!

:laugh:

Naptown Seth
12-18-2005, 06:19 PM
Noone cares about the Sonics.