Court: Seattle arena plans do not violate environmental law
As the city of Seattle works to try and lure an NBA or NHL team to the area, roadblocks keep popping up. One such roadblock was eliminated on Monday, as a Washington appeals court ruled that a new arena plan does not violate state environmental law.
The $490 million arena proposal led by Chris Hansen had come under criticism for the traffic congestion it would cause, thus interfering with nearby jobs. A three-judge panel disagreed, however, upholding a February ruling.
Seattle lost its NBA team after the 2007-08 season, as new owner Clay Bennett relocated the franchise to Oklahoma City. Both NBA commissioner David Stern and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman have expressed strong interest in bringing a team (back) to Seattle, and a new arena could be a major motivating factor for either, or both, leagues.