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April 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Mariners say no to Sodo basketball and hockey arena

The Seattle Mariners today sent a letter to Seattle and King County officials urging them to spend more time finding a different location for a proposed NBA and NHL arena.

“The proposed Sodo location, in our view, simply does not work,” wrote team Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln. “It would bring scheduling, traffic and parking challenges that would likely require hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate.”

He wrote it “would put all of the area’s teams at risk” and that “cities and neighborhoods like Bellevue, Renton, Seattle Center, South Lake Union and others should all be given careful consideration as a potential home for a new arena.”

Chris Hansen, a San Francisco hedge-fund manager, has proposed making a $290 million private investment in a $490 million new arena in Sodo, as well as purchasing an NBA team and securing an NHL team for the arena.

Lincoln’s letter said the Mariners strongly support the return of the NBA to Seattle, as well as the addition of an NHL team.

A citizen Arena Advisory Panel will hold its fourth and final public meeting evaluating the proposal Wednesday night.

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