As expected, Chris Hansen and his ArenaCo partners released a statement regarding the FEIS for their Seattle Arena project. The statement was released via their website, sonicsarena.com, and is as such:
- The EIS studied various scenarios with multiple events at the different stadium venues, up to a maximum attendance of 72,500, such as a typical Seahawks game. With the addition of the Seattle Arena the number of these large event days would increase.
- Traffic impacts and travel time effects from an arena only event would generally be the same or slightly less than a Mariners only event.
- Adding Arena events to days with Mariners and Century Link events (other than Seahawks) will somewhat increase traffic impacts in the area, but not beyond the maximum 72,500 cumulative attendance already seen at Seahawk games.
- The seasonal overlap between NBA/NHL games and baseball and soccer is limited to a relatively small period in the spring and fall. Throughout the winter NBA/NHL season Arena events would not compete against major events in the existing two stadiums. The smaller number of Seahawk games facilitates joint scheduling during the winter.
- Various potential mitigation measures were identified to address the transportation impacts, including local intersection improvements, sidewalk improvements for pedestrian traffic, a new pedestrian bridge across the railroad tracks on Holgate and contributions to other mitigation measures identified by the City.
- The full annual delay costs to Port related traffic from additional Arena traffic is estimated to be $115,584. For non-Port truck trips the estimated delay costs are estimated to be $66,141.
- The construction related economic activity from direct and re-spending is estimated at $533 million.
- Arena construction would support approximately 3,570 jobs and $289 million in wage earnings.
- Gross regional economic activity from Arena operations would generate approximately $313 million in economic activity annually.