Longtime Sonics fan and Seattle native Chris Hansen surprised the local sports and civic scene in February with his offer of $290 million in private capital to help fund a $500 million arena in the SoDo district. He sat down for lunch with Sportspress Northwest columnist Art Thiel Thursday for an exclusive, extensive interview.
Part One of the question-and-answer session was published Friday at Sportspress Northwest and can can be found here. In Part Two, Hansen talks about what he's looking for in partners, his "wrestling" with being the lead investor, the "under-appreciated" virtues of the proposed funding, and the arena's size. As has been his custom, he declined to answer specific questions about potential team re-locations, nor identify potential local partners.
Q. Please clear up some public confusion about the potential timing of simultaneous pursuits of re-locations from the NBA and NHL.