Seattle mayor Mike McGinn and King County executive Dow Constantine unveiled plans for a $500 million arena south of Safeco Field Thursday, and the idea was met with approval by the Seattle Mariners, according to MLB.com.
The plan would be for the arena to house an NBA and NHL team. The Mariners released a statement Thursday, saying that they "are excited about this afternoon's announcement and the possibility of having NBA and NHL teams coming to the Seattle area. From our perspective, it is all about the fans and the community.
"We aren't familiar with the details, but are ready to participate in the public process to make this a 'win' for the fans and to realize the many potential benefits for the region. It is too early for us to make any further comments." The Sonics left Seattle in 2009 for Oklahoma City, and the city has been void an NBA franchise since.