The Seattle Mariners have objected to the possibility of bringing an NHL/NBA arena near their home at Safeco Field, yet it will not deter the plan, according to the Associated Press.
A panel reviewed several hurdles that would have to be cleared in order for the arena to be funded and functional, and the Mariners’ objection was one of many. Still, nothing was pressing enough to halt the plans.
“The panel believes the proposal is favorable, has promise and is generally consistent with the principles set forth by the Mayor and County Executive,” the panel wrote in its final review, according to the AP. “However, there are many important issues to be worked through to ensure these principles are met and to address other issues of importance to the community.”
Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said he and the franchise have no problem with another franchise coming to the Seattle area.
“The surprising part to me is I think people are misconnecting the dots,” Armstrong said, according to the report. “They are saying that we are opposed to an NBA team coming back and that is not the case. The Mariners strongly and enthusiastically support bringing the NBA back to Seattle. I don’t know anything about hockey but it might be fun to have a hockey team here, too. We really don’t see that as competition.”