Seattle Growth Podcast 2.8: what about a Key Arena remodel?

Three private groups are vying to invest roughly half a billion dollars into a sports and entertainment complex in Seattle that could become home court for the return of NBA basketball. Proposals include the construction of a new arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood and the renovation of Key Arena, the former home of the Seattle SuperSonics in Seattle Center.

Episode 8 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 2, explores the Key Arena renovation option, as a decision from the city approaches.

Brian Surratt, director of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, discusses how the city is approaching a potential Key Arena renovation. Lance Lopes, director of special projects at the Oak View Group, outlines his organization’s intentions to submit a proposal for the old arena’s renovation.

And Debi Frausto, chair of the Key Arena subcommittee of the Seattle Uptown Alliance and a member of the Mayor’s Key Arena advisory panel, discusses the challenges and opportunities that an arena renovation would mean to surrounding neighborhoods.

Brian Surratt

Brian Surratt

Lance Lopes

Lance Lopes

Robert Cardona and Debi Frausto

Robert Cardona and Debi Frausto


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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.