Microsoft, Nordstrom execs invest in arena proposal

June 26, 2012

By Staff

The investment group for a proposed Seattle arena — a linchpin in the plan to bring professional basketball and hockey franchises to the region — includes top executives at Microsoft and Nordstrom, officials announced June 13.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nordstrom executives Peter and Erik Nordstrom add strength and credibility to the proposal.

“These backers are pillars of our local community whose reputations precede them,” Constantine said in a statement. “The people of King County know that these local leaders are committed to bringing the NBA and NHL to this region.”

In February, investor Christopher Hansen presented to Seattle and King County a proposal to construct an arena to host NBA and NHL teams.

Hansen, Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, announced a proposed agreement last month.

The amount of public support for the arena is capped at $120 million if organizers secure only the basketball franchise. The total could rise to $200 million if a hockey team is added to the equation.

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