Posted on March 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Thursday, Mar 14 at 1:26 PM
On Thursday Chris Hansen’s group released new interior images of the proposed $490 million Seattle arena featuring a hockey figuration.
“The bottom line is as good as this is for basketball, it is an even better building for hockey,” Hansen said on SonicsArena.com.
The images show seats behind the backboard/goal retract backwards and the first few rows of courtside seating are removable, accommodating for hockey’s larger playing surface and dasher board.
“The net result puts hockey fans even closer to the action, including our pocket suites,” said Hansen. “Given the size of the playing surface and speed of the game, we also think the Sonic Rings will prove to be one of the most unique and valued viewing experiences in the game.”
On Wednesday, Hansen’s investment team also released video featuring several images of the basketball configuration of the arena.
Hansen’s team envisions building “pocket suites” in the lower bowl, just 10 rows from the floor and ice. His architects have also designed a steeper bowl, than other arenas like the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Staples Center in Los Angeles, or the Amway Center in Orlando. The bowl will have what Hansen’s team are calling the “Sonic Rings,” three stacked balconies in the upper deck, which Hansen claims will maximize the intensity of the game experience.
He also claims the icon, or main feature, on the outside is called the “Supersonic Jet Turbine.”
Hansen’s designs are still going through a city review, and the project itself is currently under environmental review.
Hansen’s investment group, which also includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has a signed agreement to buy the NBA team in Sacramento, the Kings. The franchise has already filed for relocation to Seattle and KeyArena. NBA owners are scheduled to vote on the deal next month.
The proposed arena needs environmental approval and the acquisition of a franchise before ground can be broken.
Hansen's team began accepting priority ticket applications Thursday morning. The SonicsArena website had trouble keeping up with the demand, and at this point it's unclear how many people have signed up.