Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

TACOMA: Dome consultants missed the point

Letter by Mike Combs, Tacoma on Jan. 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm with No Comments »
January 4, 2013 2:21 pm

Regarding the Tacoma Dome study (TNT, 12-21), the consultants missed a critical point.

The question asked by the consultants to Seattle and King County corporate entities was whether they would support a Tacoma professional team, such as the Tacoma Kings. The question should have been would they support the Seattle Supersonics playing in the Tacoma Dome – a totally different question that would of elicited a totally different response.

The concept is not as far-fetched as you may think. During the renovation of the Key Arena in 1994/95, the Sonics played in the Tacoma Dome and ranked 13th in annual attendance. That’s 13th out of a 41-year history in Seattle.

But why would Tacoma want to be the home of a Seattle franchise?

As stated in the article, it would mean $238 million annually for our local businesses compared to $42 million currently generated by Dome events. Plus, Tacoma already has a leg up on the competition in Seattle, which faces growing opposition for an arena project that is far from becoming a reality.

A remodel of our Dome would cost $295 million compared to $500 million for the proposed new arena in Seattle. That’s a $200 million advantage for Tacoma.

We need to be communicating with the expected new owners of the Seattle NBA team and offer a second and, in my opinion, a much less expensive option. Tacoma needs to think big!

There’s a small city in the upper Midwest. It’s Auburn Hills, Mich., population 25,000 and home to the Detroit Pistons.

(Combs is Tacoma’s former facilities director.)

Leave a comment Comments
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0