SoDo arena gets a new partner: Russell Wilson
SEATTLE -- The drive to build a new arena for an NBA team in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood just got a popular new partner: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson announced his intention to join the Sonics Arena Group on Twitter.
The group, which includes Chris Hansen, Wally Walker, and Pete and Erik Nordstrom, announced in October that it would build a new arena in SoDo at no cost to the city.
The arena group has retweeted Wilson's announcement.
Hansen issued a statement saying that he is "thrilled that Russell is joining our partnership."
Hansen described Wilson as a "young, smart and passionate entrepreneur."
"We know that his enthusiasm. positivity and 'never give up' attitude will make a huge difference in our effort."
The city is also asking for proposals to redevelop KeyArena, where the Seattle SuperSonics played until the team moved to Oklahoma City.
Wilson has been outspoken for months about wanting an NBA team in Seattle. In May, when the Seattle City Council voted not to vacate part of a street to make way for the arena, Wilson reacted.