Seattle hockey group to announce season tickets sales

Feb 14, 2018, 5:51 AM | Updated: 11:11 am

KeyArena, NHL...

KeyArena. (File, AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

(File, AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

The prospective ownership group for a Seattle hockey franchise is set to announce season ticket sales, likely on March 1, National Hockey League sources said Tuesday.

Mayor Durkan: OVG Seattle application for NHL expansion team completed

The ownership group, led by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and finance billionaire David Bonderman, is expected to seek deposits for approximately 14,000 tickets. The move, which still does not lock down a new professional hockey franchise, is designed to prove both market capacity and fan interest for a new major league sports franchise.

If the team does not materialize — unlikely but possible, said NHL sources who could not comment for the record — the deposits would be refunded. The upcoming sales push follows Tuesday’s expected announcement that the ownership group filed its formal application with the NHL for an expansion team.

The expansion application with the NHL — which involved a $10 million fee to the league, according to The Seattle Times — is in lock-step with an ongoing, $600 million plan by the Oak View Group to gut and rebuild KeyArena in Seattle Center.

Months ago, NHL officials told Bonderman, Bruckheimer, and OVG that any bid for a new franchise in Seattle would be ignored unless the city reached a deal to build a new arena or radically renovate the existing one that once housed the Seattle SuperSonics.

Enter Oak View Group, led by CEO Tim Leiweke. With his deep contacts in both professional hockey and basketball, the group secured the rights to redesign and rebuild what will be essentially a new arena in the shadow of the Space Needle.

The development group, which also will be an investor in the franchise if it is awarded, currently is in the process to finalize a development plan with the city and determine both environmental and traffic impacts in the center of a city with significant existing traffic woes.

Additionally, the Bonderman and Bruckheimer are rumored to have entered into a tentative deal with a major Seattle investor for an ownership stake. But it remains unclear who that investor is.

Local News

A person browses offerings in the Raven's Nest Treasure shop in Pike Place Market, Dec. 10, 2021, i...

Associated Press

Man who faked Native American heritage to sell his art in Seattle sentenced to probation

A Washington state man who falsely claimed Native American heritage to sell his artwork at downtown Seattle galleries was sentenced Wednesday to federal probation and community service.

2 hours ago

Ferry cancellations ferries next...

L.B. Gilbert

Fares go up for Washington State Ferries for October

Most Washington state ferry fares are going up effective Oct. 1. Walk-on and drive-on fares increase an average of 4.25%.

2 hours ago

manny ellis tacoma police...

L.B. Gilbert

3 Tacoma officers on trial in killing of Manny Ellis, starts Monday

The trial for the three Tacoma Police Department (TPD) Officers charged with the death of 33-year-old Black man, Manuel "Manny" Ellis, in March 2020.

4 hours ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

KIRO 7 News Staff

Continuing power outages cause frustration among Ballard residents

Some Ballard residents are extremely frustrated this Sunday. Their power has been out since almost midnight and they say it’s a repeating problem.

4 hours ago

File - The Southern University Human Jukebox marching band warms up before the 2023 National Battle...

Associated Press

Federal student loan payments are starting again. Here’s what you need to know

Federal student loan borrowers will need to start making payments again this month after a three-year-plus pause due to the pandemic.

5 hours ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Julia Dallas, KIRO 7 News

Enjoy Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue fall colors with these nature walks

Fall has arrived in Western Washington! This weekend is supposed to be in the 70s, making the perfect weather for nature walks.

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Seattle hockey group to announce season tickets sales