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Gary Bettman announces National Hockey League is open to expansion process in Seattle

08 December 2017

Bettman says he doesn't know where this leaves Quebec City other than to say right now they're only looking at Seattle for possible expansion.

The news also means that the Bonderman group, who were key in helping Seattle get the KeyArena renovation, will now be able to conduct a season ticket sales drive in the same vein as Vegas when it started its bid for a team.

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.

"A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday", the league announced.

Bettman says the expansion fee for Seattle would be $650 million.

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What Bettman is asking of Seattle isn't all that different of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are now in their inaugural season and are in second place in the Pacific Division.

Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring National Hockey League and NBA teams as anchor tenants. League has agreed and will allow a season-ticket drive.

Bettman says expansion application for Seattle is basically the same as #Vegas except for price BUT also may consider option for relocation in 2020-21 if it comes to that instead.

Currently, there are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 15 teams in the West.

"It was a unanimous vote and we think we are going to bring hockey back to Seattle!"

Gary Bettman announces National Hockey League is open to expansion process in Seattle