Great things happen in Seattle.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has vowed to hold major events in the city once KeyArena's $ 850-million renovation is completed on Wednesday.
"We have promised a Seattle all-star game in the next seven years," said Bettman via the Seattle Times. "That does not mean we're going to wait seven years, we have to look at the planning – both ours and in terms of the availability of the city to accommodate all our guests in our hotels and everything, but we will bring great events here. That's where we want to be. "
Bettman added, "We're looking at the timing of the project here, obviously we need an expansion project, so we're looking at the possibility."
The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the expansion to Seattle last month, with the 32nd league team ready to play for the 2021-22 season.
Bettman met with members of the future team's ownership group, other potential investors and Mayor Jenny Durkan during her visit before holding her afternoon press conference at the Space Needle, where he also proposed the possibility of an outdoor match if the sluggish Seattle weather cooperated.