Since losing the Sonics to Oklahoma City (where they became the Thunder), sports fans in the city of Seattle have been itching to bring a professional sports team back to the northwest to fill the void left by the offseasons for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners. The hopes of potentially luring the NHL to town hit a road block on Monday with the city council voting against vacating Occidental Avenue to make way for a facility that could be used for hosting an NBA and/or NHL franchise.

As reported by Chris Daniels and Travis Pittman for KING, the vote was to decide if arena investor Chris Hansen would be allowed to buy and then vacate a one-block section of Occidental Avenue, which was the last hurdle to clear before being able to draft a permit for a project to be used to entice the NBA or NHL to consider Seattle to bring a franchise to town, either by relocation or expansion. Prior to voting on the proposal, an amendment to restrict the land to be used only for an NBA franchise. That amendment did not pass, thus leaving the door slightly open for the NHL.

So the battle continues to find a way to bring another pro sports team to Seattle, and options are becoming fewer and farther in between making the possibility a realistic goal. Meanwhile, fans upset with the vote’s outcome took to Twitter…

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