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Crews continue to dig underneath the roof of KeyArena during the day while trucking out the dirt at night.
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Progress continues on the redevelopment of Seattle's KeyArena. Officials say they're on track to finish the project by summer 2021. 

Oak View Group, the developer in charge of the KeyArena transformation, hosted a media hard-hat tour of the project site Thursday.
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Officials behind the transformation of KeyArena remain optimistic about the project, despite newly reported cost increases and a longer timeline.

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This week’s resignation of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has a lot of people wondering about the fate of the proposed remodel of KeyArena.

The news of the latest allegations of sexual abuse against Murray, which he denies, came just as he was to celebrate the signing of a draft Memorandum of Understanding with the Oak View Group, on its planned redevelopment of The Key.

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SEATTLE (AP) — The arena saga in Seattle is taking take a significant step forward, but it's just the start of a long process before a shovel ever goes in the ground.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday the city will enter into negotiations with the Oak View Group on a proposal for a privately financed renovation of the city-owned KeyArena. Plans for the remodel would bring the building up to standards that could attract an NHL or NBA franchise once completed.

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The city of Seattle is now examining two proposals submitted this week to renovate KeyArena for the NBA or NHL. There should be a decision by the end of June whether the city will go with one of these two plans or move forward with an arena proposal in the SoDo area.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the plans.

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The Seattle City Council is starting to ask questions about a potential new arena.

There are two possibilities at play. The first option is a privately-financed stadium in the SoDo neighborhood. The second is the redevelopment of KeyArena.

Both options will require council action in the coming months, leading to the creation of the Select Committee on Civic Arenas. The committee met for the first time Monday.

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A group of historic preservation advocates in Seattle are giving valentines to KeyArena as the city considers whether to build a new arena. 

The city is seeking proposals to redevelop the site as a new arena with the potential to host NBA and NHL events. Those proposals could include demolition.

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With word this week that Seattle’s KeyArena will host next year’s WNBA All-Star Game for the first time, there are new developments in the effort to make that venue suitable for the NBA and NHL. Meanwhile, plans to build a proposed sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo District continue.

The latest from knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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This weekend some of the world’s best skateboarders are competing at Key Arena for nearly half a million dollars in the Street League Skateboarding Pro Tour. 

Competitors at the event will be judged on the style, difficulty and originality of their tricks and stunts.  The organizer is Rob Dyrdek, a former pro-skateboarder, who says he’ll also be giving $75,000 and materials from this weekend’s competition to Roxhill Park in West Seattle.