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Prospective Seattle NHL owner has an arena Plan B

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A Seattle Storm team flag flutters atop the iconic Space Needle Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in Seattle. Less than three years after becoming an independently owned franchise thanks to four season ticket holders who purchased the team, the Storm are in the Finals. They play the Atlanta Dream in the best-of-five championship series beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Don’t be surprised if we learn of yet another alternative arena site in the Seattle area.

Prospective NHL owner Victor Coleman, who’s been working with investor Chris Hansen to get an arena built in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, says he has a Plan B.

“My priority is to figure out a way to make a deal on the SoDo site,” Coleman told Puget Sound Business Journal. “If for some reason that doesn’t happen, it is not going to detract us from looking at an alternative site that we have looked at and will continue to pursue if the [SoDo] site is not available...”

Coleman declined to say where his alternative site was located.

We learned late last month of a competing plan to build an arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila. That one is headed up by Ray Bartoszek, and it’s clearly put the pressure on Seattle mayor Ed Murray to do whatever needs to be done to move the SoDo project along.

Wherever’s Coleman’s alternative site is located, it doesn’t sound like he’s interested in a suburban one.

“They should look at Glendale and elsewhere,” Coleman told King 5, adding he believes the NHL “100 percent...wants to be in downtown Seattle.”