City of Seattle approves 10-year lease extension for Storm, Key Arena

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 14: Crystal Langhorne
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 14: Crystal Langhorne /

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a 10-year lease extension between Key Arena and the Seattle Storm. The vote took place Tuesday at City Hall, concluding a series of negotiations that begin over a year ago.

Storm president and general manager Alisha Valavanis said in a press release:

"“We talk at great lengths about the impact and role of the Seattle Storm fans on our franchise success, but in addition to an incredible team, staff and fan base; it takes a robust and reliable partnership with the city you play for and the arena you play in. In our case, those partnerships with KeyArena and the City of Seattle were formed at our franchise inception in 2000 and have been an integral part of our success every day since. Today confirms this yet again and for that we are deeply grateful. We are honored and energized by this incredible support.”"

Key Arena will host the WNBA All-Star game in July, and is now set to host Storm home games through 2028.