NBA arena proposed for Seattle

The Metropolitan King County Council took its first step on July 30 toward bringing the National Basketball Association back to Seattle. Sports fans looking for real estate in Seattle can be optimistic, because according to The Associated Press, the council got enough votes to move forward with plans. However, this addition would come with a price tag of $300 million in private funds and $200 in public contributions.

Among one of the top concerns with the plan is traffic and transportation. In the SoDo neighborhood, Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field and the Port of Seattle are all located within minutes of one another, making traffic a concern at times. However, sources report that a portion of the tax revenue from the arena would fund major transportation investments.

''This is the first step before we really get into the nitty gritty,'' Julia Patterson, King County councilmember, said. ''We're not taking a vote today to build a basketball arena, we're taking a vote today on a plan for moving forward on a basketball arena.''

For local residents, an amendment was agreed upon that would make going to a game much easier for everyone. At least 500 tickets would have to be sold for $10 or less and an additional 1,000 would have to be sold at $20 or less to make a game affordable.