Friday, January 16, 2009

Reply from the Parks Chair

Tom Rasmussen, the Chair of the Parks and Seattle Center Committee, also offered a positive response:


Thank you for writing to me regarding the proposed contract between the Seattle Storm and the City of Seattle. In February 2008, the Council adopted a resolution requesting Seattle Center staff to work collaboratively with the new local owners of the Storm to negotiate a long-term lease to enable the Storm to continue playing at KeyArena.

A contract has now been developed and has been presented to the City Council for approval. The proposed contract would authorize the execution of a ten year agreement with the Women’s Basketball Club of Seattle, LLC, for use and occupancy of KeyArena and adjacent areas at the Seattle Center.

Seattle Center staff and a Seattle Storm representative reviewed the proposed contract with the Parks and Seattle Center Committee on January 13th. I anticipate we will discuss and possibly vote on the proposed contract on January 27th.

The Storm’s presence at KeyArena provides number of a public benefits and creates vitality for Seattle Center. The women of the Seattle Storm are role models for girls in our community and I hope to be able to approve the contract soon.

Thanks again for writing.


Tom Rasmussen
Chair, Parks and Seattle Center Committee

As someone pointed out on, the interesting tidbit all the response have ignored is that the Storm are likely the main signature tenant in the facility. If they don't negotiate a deal, who WILL use Key Arena?

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