Posted without comment:“KeyArena struggles to fill vacant Sonics schedule.”
In related news, we might be getting a bowl game back in Seattle! Attracting major events – NCAA basketball tournaments, All-Star games, Super Bowls, political conventions – is a great way to get a huge tourism bang for your buck. They attract lots of people who are not shy about spending money. When Chambers Bay hosts the 2015 U.S. Open, they’re estimating a $100 million economic impact.
Great work by Ralph Morton of the Seattle Sports Commission on this bowl game thing, and we should all be thinking about other large activities to bring here that we can work together as a community on (because it takes public-private partnerships to make this stuff happen). Now we just have to find an awkwardly long named corporate sponsor for our new bowl game – something to rival the PapaJohns.com Bowl or the Meineke Car Care Bowl.