Get with it, Seattle!
In recent weeks, a money manager from San Francisco with Seattle roots named Christopher Hansen has apparently taken a much more serious look at a privately funded multi-purpose arena for the Seattle sports market.
The main concern is to attract an NBA franchise back to the North West.
Since arenas are such expensive ventures, there would be a need to fill the proposed venue as often as possible.
This would generate sufficient revenue to cover the construction and ongoing overhead of running such a costly building. Such a move would exhaust the interest and pockets of most disinterested taxpayers.
While trade shows, concerts and exhibitions are proven money-spinning rentals, their frequency is very much dependent on the state of the economy, which in the US has sputtered more than the goals off the stick of Chris Higgins in recent weeks.
But the addition of not one, but two regular sports tenants with an NHL franchise would greatly enhance the attraction of constructing a brand new arena.
Of course, the addition of a new NHL location would immediately establish a rivalry for the Vancouver Canucks and would be of great interest for fans in BC.
Thusly, we present five reasons why Seattle should have an NHL team (*Disclaimer insert* – from the perspective of Canucks fans).
1. Quality family time
Setting the new franchise down in
sunny constantly rainy Seattle allows prospective owner Chris Hansen to be closer to his long lost, twice removed Danish cousin Jannik Hansen of the Canucks with whom he can share familial bonding over such Danish culinary treats as pickled herring.
2. Finally worth it
Now that our American neighbours have gradually taken up craft brewing and no longer rely on astoundingly crappy mass-produced beer, a quick run down the I-5 allows Canuck Nation to get in a worthwhile (and relatively cheap) road trip to watch their beloved ‘Nucks.
(It is also much less expensive than mortgaging your first born trying to get tickets to Rogers Arena).
3. An upgrade
A Seattle franchise would be the first true top tier pro hockey team in the Emerald City, providing a nice upgrade from the major junior Seattle Thunderbirds.
This would also rekindle a nice warm perspective for jaded Canucks fans, who express their frustration at times with the current talented edition of the team, but who have forgotten our own upgrade from the equally amateurish Canucks group of the late 80’s and early 90’s.
4. Not so fast!
Though the Seattle Metropolitans did manage to win the Stanley Cup in 1917, the early rivalry bragging rights still go to the Millionaires of Vancouver who did it first in 1915.
Take that you Starbucks guzzling southerners!
5. Two for one
A new Seattle team most likely involves the relocation of a current team, which according to much rumour would point to the Phoenix Coyotes moving north.
That would spare Vancouver more travel, and at the same time prove Gary Bettman to be a sadly mistaken fool.
Two wins for the price of one!