As we have been hearing for a while now, Ray Bartozek is putting an alternative arena plan together in the Tukwila Area. Originally, the Tukwila site was thought to be at the Unified Grocers site just south of Boeing Field along the Light Rail line but based on Craig’s article, the site is off 405 in between the Family Fun Center and Southcenter Mall.
— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) April 27, 2015
This is substantiated news and no longer just rumored. According to Custance, if enough progress is made, we could part of an announcement to formalize the expansion process at the Board of Governors meeting in late June.
As a reminder, the Final Environmental Impact Study on the SoDo site is scheduled to be released May 7th. It has been very quiet on the SoDo ownership group front but details of a potential NHL first option might start to emerge with Victor Coleman expected to be the front man heading up that group. It will certainly be an interesting 60 days with some clarity coming out of the NHL Board of Governors meeting.
I’ve made some changes to the ownership group matrix. I expect this to get cleared up in a couple days and will repost an updated cleaner version.