In case you haven’t heard, Seattle is getting a hockey team. The city plans to be ready to unleash their team on the NHL world by 2020, giving them just enough time to build epic new training facilities. We’re not joking, either! The planned facilities project has a price tag of $70 million and will include the building of three full-sized hockey rinks and adjacent office space.
The new team will play in KeyArena, which is currently being renovated for $700 million. Considering how much new stadiums cost, renovating an old one for less (yes, $700 million is less) makes perfect. The whole idea of putting an NHL team in Seattle also makes perfect sense.
The Pacific Northwest has long not been respected by the sports world. Sure there’s baseball and football there, but do you remember when there was also basketball there? Ever since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City, Seattle has been crying out o bring a professional franchise back. The NHL might not be the NBA, but in this case, it might be better.
Excitement locally is already sky high. One website even started a competition to pick the team name. Almost 200,000 votes came in, with the two finalists being the Seattle Totems and the Seattle Sock Eyes. Our vote is for the latter. The addition of Seattle will give the NHL 32 teams, tying it with the NFL for the most of the big four sports.