This is when Seattleites are going to learn about a new proposed stadium designed to lure an NBA team and/or NHL team back to Seattle.
While we’re not privy to all of the details yet, preliminary reports are that the new stadium will be built in SoDo, not far from Seahawks Stadium, and that taxpayer money will be used to match private contributions.
This being the case, I would like to be one of the first people on record to state my firm opposition to this new planned arena.
Well, first of all, we already have an arena. It’s called Key Arena, and it’s just fine. Hell, it’s better than fine. It’s fantastic.
Madison Square Garden sits in a city of 8 million people, and it holds 19,000 spectators. Key Arena sits in a city if 600,000 people, and it holds 17,000 people.
What does this mean?
It means that we have roughly 12 times more professional basketball seats per capita than does the largest city in the USA.
And we need a new arena?
The other primary reason that I will never, ever, ever support this new arena, is because it will require taxpayer money.
What does this mean?
It means that the people who will spend the largest percentage of their income on the arena, will be the least able to see games in the new arena.
Currently, Washington leads the nation in taxing the poor, where our low-income people pay a 6.7x higher taxation rate than do the wealthiest of our residents.
Thus, when the ultra-wealthy want a new toy, such as a group of ball-bouncing minstrels, to keep them entertained, the money required to make that happen impacts the working class and the poor far more than it affects the elite who will park themselves front-and-center as the working stiff maybe … maybe scores a seat in the nosebleeds.
Well, folks, I say fuck them.
And, if I may be so bold … fuck McGinn for even considering it. Way to be the people’s champion, Mike.
If Key Arena is not good enough for them, and they need a brand-spanking-new arena for their games, then let them pay for it. All of it. And throw in the money for the road improvements too. This is certainly no time for corporate welfare. We’ve already had far too much of that in this country.
We’re not curing cancer, here. We’re not saving lives, and benefit-less, minimum-wage jobs scraping jizz off of luxury box walls 26 times per year isn’t going to keep anyone out of foreclosure.
Fuck them, indeed.
That’s all I have to say about that.