The Seattle City Council has reached an agreement with Chris Hansen to build a new basketball arena for $490 million. The 44-year-old hedge funder grew up a Sonics fan his entire life and even organized a rally at Occidental Park with over 6,000 fans in order to get a team back into Seattle.
“We have some really cool ideas about things we can do to show the NBA that Seattle is a city that wants and deserves a team back," Hansen said months ago.
Now that the ball has gotten rolling, Hansen is delivering on those ideas one by one. Step one was to get the City Council on board. Step two will be to get the entire city back on board. After the Super Sonics left Seattle and became the successful Oklahoma City Thunder, it left a bitter taste in the mouths of every Sonic fan. Deep down in the everyone's hearts, they know that Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka should be playing in their city, not OKC. However, as everyone knows, you can’t change the past. What’s done has been done.
The good news is, Hansen is all about the now. And he’s in this for the long haul. The only question that remains now isn’t if Seattle will get a team, but when.