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November 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

First conceptual designs for Seattle arena released

A conceptual design of the Sodo arena set up for basketball. (Credit: 360 Architecture via KING 5)

A conceptual design of the Sodo arena set up for hockey. (Credit: 360 Architecture via KING 5)

Architects for arena investor Chris Hansen today submitted conceptual designs for the proposed Seattle sports arena in the Sodo neighborhood.

These aren’t the architectural drawings that will show what the arena will actually look like. Those are likely to be released by the end of the month. But they do show the general plans for a 725,000-square-foot arena with seating capacity for between 18,000 and 20,000.

The illustrations show the arena being used for basketball, hockey and concerts. A practice facility is also included at the northeast end of the site.

The arena would be built between South Massachusetts Street and South Holgate Streets. Hansen is requesting that Occidental Avenue South on those blocks be vacated. He’s also proposing a pedestrian mall between South Massachusetts and Edgar Martinez Drive South.

The drawings show a recessed entry set back from both South Massachusetts and First Avenue South.

Hansen, the city and King County reached an agreement earlier this month to go forward with planning for the arena. The city is conducting an environmental review of the site that also will consider a Seattle Center location.

Longshore workers have filed a suit against the city and county for not completing the environmental review before they entered into the agreement with Hansen.

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