Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Seattle can begin National Hockey League expansion process

NHL to accept $650 million Seattle expansion application The arena agreement for Seattle is in place and the NHL said it will accept an expansion application from the city to create a new
Kristopher Love | 08 December, 2017, 05:40

Bettman says he doesn't know where this leaves Quebec City other than to say right now they're only looking at Seattle for possible expansion. The expansion fee will be $650 million.

"It is envisioned that the terms of an expansion agreement, would it go forward, would basically be the same as Las Vegas-except the price", Bettman said at the league's Board of Governors meeting, per Kaplan.

A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

Bettman says Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment, which means an National Hockey League team likely won't be playing in Quebec City's 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future. "We will let them make a case and if they also want to try to do a study for selling season tickets, they can", Bettman said.

The NHL was specific in pointing out that Seattle is likely an expansion team, not a relocation like some had speculated.

KeyArena was home to the NBA's SuperSonics for 33 of the franchise's 41 years in Seattle before Clay Bennett's investment group bought the team from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in 2006 and moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008.

The ticket drive would be to determine how much interest for a pro hockey team there is in Seattle.

The news came one day after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a memorandum to renovate the KeyArena, NBC affiliate K5 News reported.

A Seattle team would be the league's 32nd franchise.