SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners' front office came out swinging against the proposed site for a new NBA and NHLarena in SODO Tuesday.
In a letter signed by Mariners Chairman and CEOHoward Lincoln, traffic, scheduling and parking are cited as the major reasons the arena simply does not work without hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements.
We doubt than an arena could succeed financially at this location, given mitigation costs and necessary scheduling limitations. Without highly restrictive scheduling limitations, traffic gridlock would put all of the area's teams at risk, Lincoln writes.
The letter goes on to say that though the Mariners welcome new professional sports teams to Seattle, somewhere other than SODOshould be considered.
Cities and neighborhoods like Bellevue, Renton, Seattle Center, South Lake Union and others should all be given careful consideration as a potential home for the new arena, Lincoln states.
The letter was sent to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Council members, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council members. McGinn's office said they received the letter this afternoon.
San Francisco businessman Chris Hansen has proposed building a new arena near Occidental Avenue South andMassachusetts Street, contingent on both an NBA and NHL team filling it.