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Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights potential neighbors to the north in Seattle, Washington submitted their expansion application to the NHL.
For Golden Knights fans they bared witness to the same process back in July of 2015 when Team Owner Bill Foley filed the paperwork for then no name NHL franchise.
Mayor Jenny Durkan took to her official Twitter Account to share the wonderful news with hockey fans in the Emerald City that marked an important step in the formality process to making their dream that much closer.
Excited to share the news that @OvgSeattle completed their application to the @NHL – one step closer to bringing another great sports team to our City and revitalizing @SeattleCenter #NHLtoSeattle pic.twitter.com/MOFVO1229I
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) February 13, 2018
Chris Daniels of King5 News in Seattle broke the story on the Oak View Group official submittal to the league.
— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) February 13, 2018
— The Vegas Roundtable (@VegasKOTR) February 13, 2018
Next steps for NHL on Seattle: Review of application, submission of additional information, league due diligence, review with the Executive Committee, recommendation to the Board
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 14, 2018
Back on December 7 of 2017 the city of Seattle received the go ahead that the league will approve the Oak View Group permission to start a ticket drive. The NHL Board Of Governors that same day also gave them the okay to grant the OVG with expansion application consideration.
The asking price for the expansion fee to be paid out by the Oak View Group is $650 million USD which is $150 mil more then what Foley paid for with the Golden Knights.
In the opening week of December, city council members voted 7-1 in favor to a $660 million renovation project to KeyArena that would make the building ready for action for a potential NHL franchise by October 2020.
In recent weeks the OVG filed for 13 registered web domains for potential teams for the the Seattle NHL franchise. The Metropolitans was a name that was not included in the list of names for the team.
This is exciting times for hockey fans in the Northwest and all around the NHL.
Also to get fans fired up in the Seattle market, the OVG has a website ready to launch according to resident NHL Insider Chris Johnston.
It’s only a matter of time until Seattle is given the go-ahead to start collecting NHL season-ticket deposits.
The @oakviewgroup has a campaign, website and process for deposits ready to launch.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 14, 2018