NHL in Seattle? It Could work
Okay. I'm going to go over this yet again. Tho I don't know why I bother since no one bothers to listen to me. I've only been singing the same old song about it for the last 15 years or so. And, you know, I only grew up in the area.
In small, simple words. Seattle has no building. Portland has a building. End of story.
The one factoid that the NHL is missing is that distance doesn't matter. Not in that area. I can't tell you how many times I've sat next to people from Alaska or Montana at Seattle Mariners games. The Vancouver Canucks can have their lock on British Columbia - whatever. They can do what they want. However, a team in Seattle would have a fan base that covers Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Here's your comparison, for those of you playing along at home.
Seattle Combined Statistical Area
Distance to drive from downtown Seattle to downtown Vancouver, BC:
140 miles (225 km) or 2.5 hours - plus an international border crossing
Total Population: 3.3 million
Counties: Island, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston
Major cities: Bellevue (King Co.), Bremerton (Kitsap Co.), Everett (Snohomish Co.), Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater (Thurston Co.), Seattle (King Co.), Tacoma (Pierce Co.)
Seattle Population: approx. 600,000
Tacoma Population: approx. 200,000
Bellevue Population: approx. 120,000
Everett Population: approx. 100,000
Companies: Alaska Airlines, Amazon.com, Boeing, Costco, Expedia.com, Microsoft, Nintendo USA, Nordstrom, REI, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Washington Mutual, Weyerhaeuser
Portland (Ore.) Combined Statistical Area
Distance to drive from downtown Portland to downtown Vancouver, BC:
315 miles (500 km) or 5 hours - plus an international border crossing
Total Population: 2.5 million
Counties: Clark (Wash.), Skamania (Wash.), Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill
Major Cities: Portland (Multnomah Co.), Vancouver (Clark Co., Wash.), Beaverton (Washington Co.), Gresham (Multnomah Co.), Hillsboro (Washington Co.)
Portland Population: approx. 550,000
Vancouver (Wash.) Population: approx. 160,000
Beaverton Population: approx. 86,000
Companies: Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Linux/IBM, Nike, Tektronix, Yahoo!, Yakima Products