Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle native Chris Hansen today signed an agreement to move forward on building a professional basketball and hockey arena in Sodo, the biggest step toward Hansen’s goal of returning the Sonics to town.
The city and county councils approved the agreement with votes Monday.
“It’s a great day,” said Hansen, signing the documents at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club in South Seattle in front of about 100 people.
With the agreement signed, the window is open for legal challenges, and the local Longshoremen’s Union has said it will sue to block the construction in Sodo out of fear for maritime industry jobs.
Hansen also is now free to begin shopping for a National Basketball Association team.