Commentary: Given Seattle’s sports history, the value of loyalty and humility cannot be overlooked in arena debate
I want to commend a couple local longtime sports writers for their columns on the “celebration” that took place at KeyArena on Wednesday. Art Thiel of SportsPress NW and Larry Stone of the Seattle Times provide a perspective our local leaders should keep in mind. At this point, we know that all the pomp and circumstance – what Mayor Ed Murray and the city made look like a coronation of sorts – was just one step in a very long process. That Oak View’s renovation proposal for KeyArena now needs to be thoroughly negotiated, then vetted by the Seattle City Council before an official vote. It doesn’t include all the studies, from transportation to environmental impact – everything Chris Hansen’s plan in SODO has already completed. Streamlined, fast-tracked or not, we’ve still got a ways to go.