The Seattle City Council voted in favor of extending the lease of the Seattle Storm at Key Arena through the next decade—through 2028.
It was a unanimous vote by the council.
They really are the basketball team in our city.
–Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw on the Storm
One of the key elements of the agreement was that the city agreed to pay Force 10 Hoops, which owns the Storm, $100,000 annually starting next year. Key Arena is expected to undergo renovations soon that will displace the Storm for the next few seasons.
Seattle mayor Ed Murray is in the final months of his term and is not seeking reelection. He is expected to give his recommendation on whether the Oakview Group or AEG/Seattle Partners should have a chance to renovate Key Arena.
The question of the SoDo Arena, proposed by Chris Hansen in hopes of luring the NBA and NHL to Seattle is still up for discussion.
In the event the City decides to pursue the development of a SoDo Arena based on our past experience working with the City of Seattle and Chris Hansen to complete the current MOU, we are confident that all three parties can come together again.
–Storm president Alisha Valavanis in a statement per KING-TV
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