Seattle receives permission to apply for National Hockey League team


Bettman says Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment.

After the news that the Seattle City Council had approved the renovation plan to KeyArena, Seattle immediately became the hottest free agent of all the cities on the market.

The City of Seattle, which earlier this week agreed to let the Tim Leiweke-led Oak View Group inject $660 million into renovations at KeyArena to bring up to National Hockey League and NBA standards, must wait until 2020 for the conclusion of construction.

The NHL has officially allowed the city of Seattle to submit an application for an NHL expansion team, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman.

The commissioner also noted that Seattle would be on the hook for a $650 million expansion fee should it be accepted as the 32nd team.

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It's true that not only did Seattle once have a hockey team, but some credit that team for changing hockey forever.

Seattle plans to have renovated KeyArena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring an National Hockey League and an NBA team as anchor tenants. "We have agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application and to let them run in the next few months a season-ticket drive".

Bettman said the group is only looking at Seattle for expansion, leaving Quebec City and Houston alone.

The NHL is focused on evening out the conferences to 16 teams each before expanding more teams in the East.