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The Arena Wars by the numbers

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Yesterday, AEG and the Oak View Group presented their ideas for a brand new KeyArena. Those plans will now be put in contention with Chris Hansen’s Sodo arena to determine what course of action will be taken. It would seem that, one way or another, we will emerge from this with an arena. It’s been a long, strange trip to get here but here we are. The city of Seattle determined it wanted to make this a contest. So let’s take a look at the competitors. Just for comparison’s sake, I’ve included KeyArena in its current form.

Seattle arena options

Arena Sq Ft NBA Capacity NHL Capacity Opened Renovated
Arena Sq Ft NBA Capacity NHL Capacity Opened Renovated
KeyArena 368,000 17,072 15,177 1962 1995
OVG KeyArena redux 660,000 18,350 17,100 1962 2020
Seattle Coliseum (AEG) 600,000 18,113 17,120 1962 2020
Seattle Arena (Sodo) 700,000 18,500 17,500 TBD

I know there has been a lot of talk of how these plans would stack up against current arenas in both the NBA and NHL. So I ran those numbers as well.

NBA arenas

Arena City Sq Ft Capacity Opened Renovated
Arena City Sq Ft Capacity Opened Renovated
United Center Chicago, IL 960,000 23,500 1994 2010
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA 892,000 21,600 1994 2006
Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI 650,000 21,000 2017
Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH 750,000 20,562 1994 2005
Verizon Center Washington, DC 1,050,000 20,356 1997 2015
Vivint Smart Home Arena Salt Lake City, UT 743,000 19,911 1991 2017
Madison Square Garden New York, NY 820,000 19,812 1964 2016
Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON 665,000 19,800 1999 2010
American Airlines Arena Miami, FL 782,400 19,600 1998 2009
Moda Center Portland, OR 780,000 19,441 1995 2007
Target Center Minneapolis, MN 831,533 19,356 1990 2016
American Airlines Center Dallas, TX 840,000 19,200 2001
Pepsi Center Denver, CO 675,000 19,155 1999 2013
Spectrum Center Charlotte, NC 780,000 19,077 2005
Staples Center Los Angeles, CA 900,000 19,060 1998 2014
Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, AZ 1,000,000 19,023 1992 2003
Amway Center Orlando, FL 875,000 18,846 2010
AT&T Center San Antonio, TX 750,000 18,797 2002 2014
TD Garden Boston, MA 755,000 18,624 1993 2014
Seattle Arena (Sodo) Seattle, WA 700,000 18,500 TBD
OVG KeyArena redux Seattle, WA 660,000 18,350 1962 2020
FedEx Forum Memphis, TN 805,850 18,119 2004
Seattle Coliseum (AEG) Seattle, WA 600,000 18,113 1962 2020
Toyota Center Houston, TX 750,000 18,055 2003
Philips Arena Atlanta, GA 680,000 18,047 1999 2017
Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK 586,000 18,023 2002 2010
Chase Center San Francisco, CA 695,000 18,000 2019
Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN 750,000 17,923 1997 2015
Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY 675,000 17,732 2012
Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center Milwaukee, WI 714,000 17,500 2018
Golden 1 Center Sacramento, CA 675,000 17,500 2016
KeyArena Seattle, WA 368,000 17,072 1962 1995
Smoothie King Center New Orleans, LA 571,000 16,867 1995 2013

NHL arenas

Arena City Sq Ft Capacity Opened Renovated
Arena City Sq Ft Capacity Opened Renovated
United Center Chicago, IL 960,000 19,717 1994 2010
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA 892,000 19,543 1994 2006
Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI 650,000 20,000 2017
KeyArena Seattle, WA 368,000 15,177 1962 1995
OVG KeyArena redux Seattle, WA 660,000 17,100 1962 2020
Seattle Coliseum (AEG) Seattle, WA 600,000 17,120 1962 2020
Seattle Arena (Sodo) Seattle, WA 700,000 17,500 TBD
Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON 665,000 18,819 1999 2010
Amalie Arena Tampa, FL 600,000 19,092 1996 2012
American Airlines Center Dallas, TX 840,000 19,200 2001
BB&T Center Sunrise, FL 872,000 15,700 1998
Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY 675,000 15,795 2012
Bell Centre Motnreal, Quebec 780,000 21,288 1996 2015
Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN 750,000 17,113 1996 2015
Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Ontario 600,000 19,153 1996 2014
Gila River Arena Glendale, AZ 612,900 17,125 2003
Honda Center Anaehim, CA 650,000 17,174 1993
KeyBank Center Buffalo, NY 872,000 19,070 1996 2016
Madison Square Garden New York, NY 820,000 18,006 1964 2016
MTS Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba 440,000 15,294 2004 2011
Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH 685,000 18,144 2000
Pepsi Center Denver, CO 675,000 18,007 1999 2013
PNC Arena Raleigh, NC 700,000 18,680 1999 2015
PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, PA 720,000 18,387 2010
Prudential Center Newark, NJ 858,000 17,625 2007
Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC 475,000 18,910 1995 2014
Rogers Place Edmonton, Alberta 1,110,900 18,641 2016
Soctiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta 474,000 19,289 1983 1994
SAP Center San Jose, CA 450,000 17,562 1993
Scottrade Center St Louis, MO 664,000 19,150 1994
Staples Center Los Angeles, CA 900,000 18,230 1998 2014
TD Garden Boston, MA 755,000 17,565 1993 2014
Verizon Center Washington, DC 1,050,000 18,506 1997 2015
Xcel Energy Center St Paul, MN 650,000 17,954 2000 2017
T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, NV 650,000 17,368 2016

There you have it. No commentary, no rhetoric, no spin. Just raw numbers.