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A former Tampa Bay sports CEO’s new team will subsidize public transit for fans

Seattle’s NHL franchise expects 25 percent of its fans to use public transportation to games.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke.

SEATTLE — Seattle’s expansion NHL franchise is trying to make it easier for fans to get to its games in the traffic-clogged city.

NHL Seattle announced Tuesday that it will fully subsidize public transit costs for fans with season tickets or single-game tickets.

Additionally, the team is entering into a partnership with the Seattle Center Monorail to upgrade the current system connecting downtown Seattle with the Seattle Center, where the team’s arena is under construction. The team will invest $7 million for upgrades at the downtown station for the monorail system, which was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

“We respect the history of the Monorail and want to remind people of its original intent. I couldn’t be prouder to align with a company that shares our values and ambitions.” said team CEO and President Tod Leiweke, who was the Tampa Bay Lightning’s CEO from 2010-15. “By offering embedded public transit we are making the right decision for our fans and for the city.”

The public transit subsidy makes Seattle the third franchise in the U.S. to offer that benefit to fans, according to the team. Rob Johnson, the team’s vice president for transportation, said the franchise expects 25% of fans to use public transit to attend games in the inaugural 2021-22 season.

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