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KeyArena renovation to cost more than originally expected

The Associated Press
KeyArena renovation to cost more than originally expected

SEATTLE — The renovation of KeyArena to make it ready for a potential NHL franchise will cost $100 million more than previously expected.

Oak View Group announced recently it had selected Skanska and AECOM Hunt to partner together as the general contractor for construction of the $700 million project.

The project was originally expected to cost $600 million, but OVG CEO Tim Leiweke said costs increased for a variety of reasons, including putting in permanent locker rooms for the expected NHL franchise, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and a permanent locker room for a potential future NBA franchise.

Leiweke also said there was an additional 50,000-square-feet added for storage and an additional premium club space added at the top of the building with a view of the Space Needle.

The project remains on track for construction to begin this fall.

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