To Whom It May Concern:
I write to you today in full support of the proposal you have in front of you (or will soon) from Chris Hansen and the group that would like to build a new arena in the SODO district of Seattle. The kind of investment that Mr. Hansen would like to make in Seattle is something that should not be turned away. As a sports fan and lifelong Seattle-area resident, it was very painful for me when the Sonics left in 2008. The time I spent going to Sonics games with my 2 grandfathers were some of my best memories as a teenager. The way a city rallies around its teams when they are in the hunt for a championship (like the Sonics in 1996) is impossible to duplicate. I ask that you please take advantage of the investment that Mr. Hansen and his group would like to make by allowing bonds to be issued to facilitate the construction of the arena. I have no doubt that the fans of both sports and other entertainment will fill that arena and pay back those bonds with interest, putting the taxpayers at zero risk.
Thank you for your time. I do hope you will support this plan that will not only help bring back a professional basketball team, but create countless memories and civic pride for generations to come.
Mark C. Demaray