September 27, 2011

NBA and NHL coming to Tacoma?

Introducing your Tacoma Supersonics!

Just doesn't have the same ring to it as Seattle, but it is a very real possibility.

A recent article shed light on this new idea of revamping the Tacoma Dome and bringing the NBA back to the area, along with perhaps the NHL.

Tacoma’s mayor and City Council say they want to know what it would take to revamp the aging Tacoma Dome to draw a pro basketball or hockey team to town – and they’re willing to pay up to $100,000 to find out.

“The NBA will be back in this market,” Mayor Marilyn Strickland said Tuesday. “When they are, I want Tacoma to be in the mix of that discussion.”

Backed by local business leaders and area politicians, the City Council agreed Tuesday to pay for part of a market feasibility study for attracting a National Basketball Association or National Hockey League team to the Dome.

The study would examine options and costs for upgrading the 29-year-old facility to NBA and NHL standards, and determine whether there’s corporate interest to help support such an endeavor, Strickland said.

Now I'd prefer a team to come back to the Seattle area just for the simple fact that I live closer to that city. But if there was the chance that this area could get not just NBA back, but also bring along the NHL, then I'm all for it.

What do you think? Would you like to see the NBA and NHL in Tacoma over Seattle? Or would you just like these sports in our state?

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