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Seattle Mariners statement on Seattle City Council Government Performance and Finance Committee vote on arena proposal

The City Council has done a very thoughtful job of reviewing the proposal for an NBA/NHL arena. We are encouraged by Councilmembers' reassurance that a thorough and impartial environmental impact study, with evaluation of alternate sites, will be conducted before any final decision is made on the location of the arena. This is the level of careful study that we have requested since the beginning of this review.

We share the community's excitement over building an arena and bringing the NBA and NHL to the Seattle area. At the same time, we continue to believe that there are other locations that present far fewer scheduling, traffic and parking complications for the fans who would be attending events at both of our locations. We look forward to participating in the EIS process, sharing our experience, and helping the city and Mr. Hansen reach the best possible decision. This review will only enhance the arena’s chances for success; that is everyone’s goal.

Seattle Mariners