Seattle Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln has sent a letter to the city of Seattle and King County officials opposing the new downtown stadium set to hold yet to be found NBA and NHL teams. The letter states that the Mariners support the idea of an NBA team returning to Seattle but they do not support the SODO location. Citing traffic mitigation costs, the Mariners support looking elsewhere for a stadium.
“The proposed SODO location, in our view, simply does not work,” Lincoln wrote. “It would bring scheduling, traffic and parking challenges that would likely require hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate. We doubt that 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.”
“This is a Seattle-specific proposal to locate an arena in Seattle’s stadium district, which was created for stadiums after an extensive process of review,” McGinn said. “As mayor, I will work to address the Mariner’s concerns, as I continue working with King County and Chris Hansen to bring an NBA and NHL team to Seattle.”
The question this editor has is whether the Mariners are indeed looking out for the fans of Seattle sports by watching for potential traffic problems or if the Mariners have an alternative agenda. With attendance falling at Mariners’ games and now creative ticket pricing, are the Mariners afraid that more professional sports teams in town will mean less fan support for the ever bottom dwelling MLB team? A sports fan has limited dollars and where they spend them affects the team’s bottom line.
What is the team’s agenda here? Stay tuned to find out. Let us know what you think below.