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February 2, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Storm’s KeyArena lease finalized

KeyArena.jpgWell, the Storm will officially play at KeyArena for the next 10 years. In a 7-0 vote, the Seattle City Council approved the proposed lease today. Now the team will move on to rolling out its special packaged season-ticket deals and other announcements.
None of those will be that Seattle is hosting the 2009 All-Star game. For one thing, in the lease, the city has to be notified a year in advance.
“We’ve been a little busy,” said a breathless Anne Levinson, chairwoman of the team’s ownership group, Force 10 Hoops. She spent about a year negotiating with the city. Add the year she spent wrangling the Storm from former Sonics owner Clay Bennett’s grip and Levinson has earned her weight of the four businesswomen that comprise Force 10.
Next up to bat will probably be Lisa Brummel and Dawn Trudeau of Microsoft fame. In the lease, the Storm is allowed to contract-out its own food suppliers to setup venues outside on the KeyArena Plaza. Can you imagine a little Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream or Jones Barbeque before heading into the game where you can fill-up on beer and popcorn? Sounds brilliant.
It’s the Storm’s historic 10th season (actually every season was historic after two) and it’ll be interesting to see the personal touches independent owners put on the franchise. Particularly since there is a set, intrigued audience.
About 400 fans, according to Levinson, gathered at a season-ticket holder party at the Washington loss to Arizona State on Saturday at Hec Ed. Though tons of questions remained about whether Lauren Jackson is returning (no word), it didn’t deter anyone from renewing their tickets. In fact, CEO Karen Bryant said about 89 percent had renewed their packages (about 3,000).
So, folks are sold on the game. Now, it’s about completing the frame around the picture. The lease appears to be a good foundation to start.

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