It seems that while the City of Seattle is zigging, the region’s sports fans are zagging.
This week’s reader poll asked what Seattle should do about an arena to try and bring NBA and NHL teams to the city. This came in the wake of last week’s press conference in which Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the city was backing the Oak View Group’s plan to renovate KeyArena.
However, there’s a competing plan for an arena, Chris Hansen’s designs to build a new arena in the Sodo neighborhood near Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. So there’s multiple irons currently in the arena fire. And of course, there’s the element of the public that believes there’s better things to spend money on than a sports arena.
So, what did responders have to say?
POLL: Which path should Seattle take with an arena to try and bring the NBA/NHL to town? Full context here: https://t.co/KZn1PmQnc5
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) June 12, 2017
That is a big win for the Sodo arena. And at least among responders to this poll, it illustrates a big disconnect between local government and sports fans.
It was also interesting to see the large response. The 732 votes were by far the most I’ve received in a poll since beginning these a couple months ago. Much of that can be attributed to it being retweeted by some pro-NHL/NBA accounts. But it was getting a hot response even before being retweeted. So it seems the regional arena interest is legitimate. I would also point to the extremely low vote total for “forget NBA/NHL” as an indicator, but it would be disingenuous to think Twitter followers of a sports writer would be anti-sports.