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Seattle Growth Podcast: Impact of a Sonics Return - Episode 8

A look at potential KeyArena renovation efforts & potential impacts to Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood

Jeff Shulman (Seattle Growth Podcast)
Seattle Growth Podcast

Need to learn more about the various issues surrounding the efforts to build a new arena and return the SuperSonics franchise to Seattle and the NBA? A great new resource has you covered.

Jeff Shulman, associate professor in marketing at UW’s Foster School of Business, hosts a critically-acclaimed podcast exploring and discussing the economic and population growth of the city of Seattle. In its second season, the Seattle Growth Podcast will tackle the impact of a potential return of the Sonics on the city.

Shulman hopes to offer perspective on the team’s and arena’s effects on real estate, traffic, taxes, employment, and the overall community. He’ll be speaking in-depth with residents, business owners, academic experts, city leaders & officials, as well as former Sonics players and owners to help inform the discussion.

We’re happy to present each episode as they become available.

Episode 8: KeyArena Remodel and the Transformation of Seattle Uptown

The eighth episode delves into the city’s efforts to find a solution for KeyArena’s future that might also include a new arena capable of supporting both NBA and NHL franchises. It also explores the potential impacts and concerns to the Uptown neighborhood on Lower Queen Anne.

Featured guests are:

  • Brian Surratt, director of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Seattle
  • Lance Lopes, the point person on the Oak View Group’s efforts to win the bid for KeyArena redevelopment
  • Debi Frausto, chair of the KeyArena Subcommittee of the Seattle Uptown Alliance and a member of the mayor’s KeyArena Renovation RFP Advisory Panel
  • Robert Cardona, Sonics fan, head of Digital Communications for the Seattle Uptown Alliance, and also a member of the Alliance’s KeyArena Subcommittee

Explore more from Episode 8: KeyArena Remodel and the Transformation of Seattle Uptown here.