Monday, May 1, 2017

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with arena developers

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with arena developers that responded to the city's Request for Proposals.

The mayor requested proposals and his team is reviewing submissions for recommendation to the city council.

The mayor's part of this activity is covered here. The links to the two main proposals can be found there, as well.

Mayor Murray meets with Seattle Center Arena proposers

SEATTLE (May 1, 2017) – Last week, Mayor Ed Murray met with representatives from Oak View Group and Seattle Partners to review their proposals to redevelop the Seattle Center Arena into a world-class music, entertainment, and sports venue.

"Seattle is in a unique position where multiple developers want to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a world-class arena in our city," said Mayor Murray. "Last week, I had an initial review of the proposals to redevelop the Seattle Center Arena. I am enthusiastic about both proposals. I look forward to digging into the details with my staff, the Arena Community Advisory Panel, and ultimately negotiating the best deal to bring the NBA and the NHL to Seattle."

Bidders also met with the Arena Community Advisory Panel this week to share their proposals and answer questions.

Both proposals are now publicly available at

The City of Seattle invites the public to review the materials and submit comments on the page.

A public open house is scheduled for May 11 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at KEXP. The public will have the opportunity to meet both proposers, ask questions, and review their materials.  For more information:

City staff will bring final recommendations to the Mayor by the end of June. If Mayor Murray chooses to move forward with one of the proposals, the Seattle City Council would then review and decide on a final memorandum of understanding and/or development and lease agreement.