Seattle Growth Podcast Extra: music, arena wars and Seattle Center

Though the Seattle City Council will vote in early December on whether to approve redevelopment of Key Arena over a competing bid to build a new sports and entertainment complex in the SoDo neighborhood, the “arena wars” are not over.

Two investor groups—the Oak View Group and the Sonics Arena Investment Group—are vying to shape the future of indoor professional sports in Seattle and reshape Seattle Center and the city’s music scene.

In part one of this special episode of the Seattle Growth Podcast, get an update on the process ahead of the Council vote.

Wally Walker and Pete Nordstrom of the Sonics Arena Investment Group discuss their efforts to bring an NBA franchise to a new SoDo arena and explain how their proposed redevelopment of Key Arena into multiple indoor and outdoor music venues would also be a boon to music lovers.

Also featured: the music of Stag, a five-piece Seattle rock band featuring Ben London (formerly of Alcohol Funnycar) on guitar and Nordstrom (currently of Nordstrom) on bass.

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Wally Walker
Pete Nordstrom

In part two of this special episode, find out why 33 members of Seattle’s music community have cast their support behind one of the two proposals in the arena debate, and what they think it can bring to the local music scene.

Weighing in are Jason Finn, drummer of the Grammy-nominated band the Presidents of the United States of America, and David Meinert, whose Onto Entertainment manages the platinum-selling band The Lumineers.

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Jason Finn
David Meinert

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.