The custom in Seattle sports for projects taking years, if not decades, to complete, usually is reserved for the building of venues and the pursuit of franchises.
The Kingdome was funded in 1968 and opened in 1976. The Pilots were lost in 1970 and Major League Baseball didn't return until 1977. Efforts to draw the NFL to Seattle began in the 1960s, and didn't pay off until 1976. The NBA was lost in 2008 and still hasn't returned. Top-tier pro hockey ended in 1924 is booked to return in 2021.
Rarely does a long ordeal in sports here include the pursuit of sports justice for a single individual.