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TACOMA: Here’s an idea for the Dome

Letter by Steven P. LaFayette, Tacoma on Feb. 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm with 13 Comments »
February 17, 2012 4:37 pm

Tacoma is currently looking for a way to increase interest in the Tacoma Dome. With the current excitement about the possibility of the Seattle Sonics return, why not try to get a NBA-D Team here?

If you are not familiar, the NBA-D League is a farm team for the NBA. Many current NBA players once played there, including Jeremy Lin. The Tacoma Rainiers work here for the Mariners, why not a farm team for the Sonics?

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  1. The Tacoma Dome has a seating capacity of about 23,000.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Dome

    The average attendance for 41 games of the 2011 season for the top team (as far as attendance is concerned) The Chicago Bulls was 21,791 according to ESPN.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/attendance/_/year/2011

    FORGET Seattle!

    FORGET NBA-D farm teams!

    Bring the former Sonics, now the Okey Thunder, back to Tacoma to fill-up The Tacoma Dome on game day! Or even get billionaire Paul Allen to bring his Trail Blazers up from Portland to Tacoma. And if neither of those teams will come to Tacoma, then get the NBA to start a new expansion team at The Tacoma Dome.

    The point is, Tacoma can be a full NBA Town. It doesn’t need to settle for a farm team. It already has the venue, just find a team to fill it.

    Tacoma does not have to always stand in the shadow of Seattle you know!

  2. hultmale says:

    They can only fit 17,100 for basketball in the T-dome (http://basketball.ballparks.com/NBA/SeattleSonics/oldindex.htm).

    Of course, they wouldn’t average anywhere near that after the first couple of months.

  3. I didn’t know that!

    However, doing a quick check, I found that KeyArena at Seattle Center (commonly KeyArena) has a seating capacity for basketball games of 17,072

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KeyArena

    So, we’re still okay for the Tacoma Dome.

  4. ItsDarylagain says:

    Only one Problem! Tacoma gave all the parking to the LeMay Slug and to have a grass field! Now our streets get packed with cars and Garbage. Cops don’t write parking tickets so that does not help any!

  5. Washington is not a sports friendly place; planes coffee and software!

  6. (From the movie Kelly’s Heroes)

    Oddball: Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

    Moriarty: Crap!

    Oddball: Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always with the negative waves.

  7. Lol didn’t watch the show….Evergreen state is gorgeous, I’ve been all over the world, no country compares! Now the people…….

  8. aislander says:

    I’ve rather enjoyed the past few years of Seattle basketball–from the standpoint of schadenfreude anyway–but the last couple of posts are forcing me to consider which I like less: NBA basketball or the city of Seattle.

    I went to a Sonics game in the T-Dome a few years back, courtesy of a friend who obviously didn’t know me very well, and wasted two of the most thoroughly unpleasant hours I’ve ever spent, although it felt much longer than that due to the crashing sound effects and the alleged “music.”

    I’d rather have sat through the entire Ring Cycle, and I don’t even like Wagner.

    There is little that is redeeming about Seattle, though, and the Thunder’s current success has been enjoyable–from a safe distance–simply because of all the grinding of teeth to our north.

    HOWEVER…the idea of bringing an NBA franchise to the T-Dome has merit from my point of view, thus the need to weigh Seattle v NBA basketball. In the final analysis, Seattle smugness outweighs the unpleasantness surrounding basketball games since I last went to one over twenty-five years ago, and am confident I can continue to avoid them as long as is necessary; but Seattle and Seattleites are omnipresent.

    So, yeah, let’s make it happen. I can almost hear the tooth veneers powdering now…

  9. (From the movie Kelly’s Heroes)

    Oddball: Crazy… I mean like, so many positive waves… maybe we can’t lose, you’re on!

  10. Actually, The Rainiers are not successful if they were they would not have changed hands twice since the owner of Foster farms sold the team. Every minor league hockey team has failed.. If the Dome believes that bring in a NBA D- league team would be profitable then chance are they have put out feelers…

  11. ItalianSpring says:

    Here’s another. Convert it into jail space for all the sex offenders in Pierce County, along with all the bank robbers, domestic violence lovers, drug dealers, burglars, car prowlers, etc. Ahh. Nevermind. We prefer they be out of jail rather than in I guess.

  12. ltkeffer says:

    Don’t waste the time on getting a team here. the city will bankrupt them with all their fees and rules. No team with any sense will use a facility in Tacoma.

  13. rooster_02 says:

    That’s why Italian spring is still on the streets

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