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NHL ticket drive starts soon. It could determine if Seattle gets a team

A group working to bring the NHL to Seattle is preparing to announce it will start taking deposits for season tickets, mynorthwest.com reports. In December, the Seattle City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the group for a $600 million privately financed renovation of KeyArena.
A group working to bring the NHL to Seattle is preparing to announce it will start taking deposits for season tickets, mynorthwest.com reports. In December, the Seattle City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the group for a $600 million privately financed renovation of KeyArena. AP

A group working to bring the NHL to Seattle is preparing to announce it will start taking deposits for season tickets, according to multiple reports.

Citing league sources, mynorthwest.com reports sales are likely to begin March 1.

ESPN also reports the ticket drive “should begin in the next few weeks and will determine whether the league accepts Seattle's bid.” The group hopes to acquire deposits for about 14,000 tickets. The move is typical for potential ownership groups looking to demonstrate a market’s interest in the sport.

Oak View Group, which includes billionaire investment banker David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, submitted its expansion application to the NHL on Tuesday.

While a Seattle team is not assured, it does seem likely. Yahoo! Sports recently called a Seattle NHL team “inevitable” and "all but a done deal."

Deposits will be refunded if the team does not materialize.

The average season ticket price in the NHL this season is $73 per game, according to nhltoseattle.com.

The NHL authorized the ticket drive in December. The last time it approved a ticket drive before a team was approved was in 2015 when a Las Vegas group met its goal of 10,000 season ticket deposits, the Seattle Times reports. Las Vegas was awarded a team in 2016 and the Vegas Golden Nights made their debut this season. The expansion team (37-15-4) currently leads the Pacific Division with the second best record in the NHL.

Oak View Group plans to spend $600 million to renovate KeyArena and have it ready for the 2020-21 season.

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