Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement after City Council’s vote to deny a street vacation for a portion of Occidental Avenue South:
“I firmly believe that a new arena will be built that brings the NBA and NHL to our region.
“The City’s past actions contributed to the Sonics leaving Seattle. Today’s Council vote makes it less likely that the NBA will return to the City of Seattle.
“Despite today’s vote, I remain committed to exploring all options to bring the NBA and NHL, not just to our region, but to a new arena in the City of Seattle.”