The M's Really Don't Want the New Arena in SODO
Surprisingly - one of the leading opponents of the proposed NBA/NHL arena in SODO has been fellow Seattle sports franchise - the Seattle Mariners.
Officially citing traffic and infastructure concerns (and unofficially citing competition for ticket sales) - the M's released a statement in the last 24 hours in response to the Seattle City Council's decision to move forward with the Arena.
Here's the official statement from the M's
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.
It's not tough to understand the M's concern with the possibility of diluting the Seattle sport fan ticket buying market by adding two more professional sports teams to the area. With the current competitive state of the team - they are already in a tough ticket battle with the Seahawks, Sounders and Huskies - a battle that (much like their team) they're losing.