Seattle arena investor: Not doing it for the money
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) -- The venture capitalist behind a plan to build a new arena in Seattle to lure the NBA back to town says he's not doing it for the money.
Chris Hansen spoke Wednesday night with a citizen panel charged with scrutinizing the deal.
Hansen is proposing $290 million in private investment toward the construction of a new arena that would cost between $450 and $500 million. Hansen's group would also be responsible for the purchase of an NBA franchise and finding a partner interested in bringing an NHL franchise to Seattle.
At the panel, Hansen said he's not attempting to acquire an NBA team for "financial reasons."
The Seattle native says he's a fan of basketball and is willing to wait, as much as years, to get the deal done.