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Record No: CB 118976    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118976
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 6/8/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125323
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the Seattle Center Department; authorizing the Seattle Center Director to execute a facility use agreement with Force 10 Hoops, LLC, for use and occupancy of KeyArena and adjacent areas at the Seattle Center; making findings of fact about the value provided by professional women's basketball in Seattle; exempting the agreement from the requirements of Chapter 20.47 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and superseding an earlier agreement authorized by Ordinance 122907.
Sponsors: Debora Juarez
Attachments: 1. Att A – Seattle Storm KeyArena Facility Use Agreement, 2. Att B - Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 20.pdf, 3. Affidavit of Publication
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Seattle Storm KeyArena Facility Use Agreement PSCLW5.19.17.pdf, 3. Signed Ordinance 125323
CITY OF SEATTLE
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the Seattle Center Department; authorizing the Seattle Center Director to execute a facility use agreement with Force 10 Hoops, LLC, for use and occupancy of KeyArena and adjacent areas at the Seattle Center; making findings of fact about the value provided by professional women's basketball in Seattle; exempting the agreement from the requirements of Chapter 20.47 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and superseding an earlier agreement authorized by Ordinance 122907.
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WHEREAS, in 1999 the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) selected Seattle as the location for one of four expansion teams to begin play in the 2000 season; and
WHEREAS, KeyArena has been the home court of the WNBA team Seattle Storm ("Storm") since its inaugural season in 2000; and
WHEREAS, the Storm contributes to civic pride and community spirit; and
WHEREAS, in February 2008, Force 10 Hoops, LLC ("F10H"), a locally owned company, purchased the Women's Basketball Club of Seattle (WBCOS) and the Storm from the owners of the Seattle Supersonics; and
WHEREAS, in February 2008, with the Mayor's concurrence, the Seattle City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 31039 requesting that the Seattle Center work collaboratively with the new local owners of the Storm to negotiate a long-term lease that would enable the Storm to remain viable playing at KeyArena, while requiring the Storm to provide certain public benefits to the City, the taxpayers, and the residents of Seattle; and
WHEREAS, in February 2009, as authorized by Ordinance 122907, the Seattle Center Director and WBCOS executed a ten-year agreement for use and occupancy of KeyArena for the playing of Storm home games and the provision of certain public benefits to the City and the public; and
WHEREAS, the City and F10H mutually desire for KeyArena to continue to be the home court of the Storm in the event KeyArena is redevel...

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