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Record No: CB 119549    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119549
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 7/22/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125868
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the Seattle Center Department; authorizing the Seattle Center Director to execute an amendment to the facility use agreement with Force 10 Hoops, LLC, authorized by Ordinance 125323 for use and occupancy of KeyArena for playing of professional women's basketball games; making findings of fact about the value provided by professional women's basketball in Seattle; amending the relocation payment structure in the agreement; and exempting the amendment from the requirements of Chapter 20.47 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Attachments: 1. Att A – Seattle Storm KeyArena Facility Use Agreement Amendment No.pdf
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation, 3. Central Staff Memo (7/15/19), 4. Summary of Att A, 5. Signed Ordinance 125868, 6. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the Seattle Center Department; authorizing the Seattle Center Director to execute an amendment to the facility use agreement with Force 10 Hoops, LLC, authorized by Ordinance 125323 for use and occupancy of KeyArena for playing of professional women's basketball games; making findings of fact about the value provided by professional women's basketball in Seattle; amending the relocation payment structure in the agreement; and exempting the amendment from the requirements of Chapter 20.47 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, Seattle has been home to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team the Seattle Storm ("Storm") since the Storm's inaugural season in 2000; and
WHEREAS, the Storm has consistently contributed to civic pride and community spirit; and
WHEREAS, the Storm provides a demonstrable expression of Seattle's commitment to both diversity and gender equity; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of the positive community impact of three-time WNBA champions the Storm, in 2018 the Seattle City Council adopted Resolution 31840, which designated a portion of vacated 2nd Avenue North on the Seattle Center campus as "Seattle Storm Way"; and
WHEREAS, in 2008, Force 10 Hoops, LLC ("F10H"), a locally owned company and the first all-female ownership group to win a professional sports title, purchased the Women's Basketball Club of Seattle and the Storm from the owners of the Seattle Supersonics; and
WHEREAS, on July 18, 2017, pursuant to Ordinance 125323, The City of Seattle ("City") and F10H executed a Facility Use Agreement ("Storm Agreement") for F10H's use and occupancy of portions of KeyArena ("Arena") for the presentation and broadcasting of all Storm home basketball games; and
WHEREAS, the Storm Agreement is intended to provide for the continuation of sustainable, local ownership of the Storm and for the maximum use of the Arena both now ...

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