Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM
SEATTLE – In his first public comment since the Kings sale was announced, Chris Hansen says he’s moving forward with ticket plans for the franchise’s relocation.
Late Monday afternoon, KING 5 obtained a statement from Hansen asking for people to sign up for a “Priority Ticket Waitlist” for future Sonics tickets.
Hansen says the waitlist will go live on Thursday, and allow him to “understand and prioritize the demand for tickets.” Hansen says “registering your interest will be a critical step in demonstrating to the NBA and basketball fans around the country the unbelievable passion that exists in the Emerald City to BRING BACK OUR SONICS!”
The Seattle investor says people can sign up at his website, sonicsarena.com
, and 2007-08 Sonics season ticket holders will be provided with “the opportunity to secure their same seat location for the team’s return.”
Hansen also wrote: “It’s also important that we reiterate that no inference should be drawn between our establishment of the Priority Ticket Waitlist and our efforts to close our acquisition of the Sacramento Kings. We are in the midst of working through the approval and relocation process with the NBA, and we would expect a determination to be made at the Board of Governors meeting in mid-April. If our efforts prove successful, we anticipate a Sonics sales team member will contact you in May to discuss available seating options. However, a confirmation of your status on the Priority Ticket Waitlist should in no way be seen as a guarantee of tickets.”
Hansen wants to build a $490 million NBA/NHL sports arena in Seattle, and has a purchase agreement for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. The franchise has already filed to relocate to Seattle, and KeyArena, by the fall.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said Friday that he has asked for Seattle and Sacramento make their cases at a special meeting of the league’s relocation and finances committees in New York on April 3. Former Sonic, now Thunder Owner, Clay Bennett heads the relocation committee. NBA owners are not scheduled to vote on the franchise purchase, and move to Seattle, until later in the month.
A list of names could likely give Hansen ammunition for that meeting.
“From the incredible outpouring of emotion from the 5,000 of you who showed up for our rally, to the relentless outreach to the City and County Councils and the legions sporting the Green and Gold in our city, we would never have reached this point without all of you! With this in mind, I’m reaching out to ask for your help once more. It’s the home stretch people and we really need your support on this to help carry us past the finish line!” Hansen wrote.
A spokesperson for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says there are “no plans right now” for the mayor to be at the April 3 meeting.