Chris Hansen sure knows how to throw a party.
Just hours after Hansen struck a new, revised deal with a Seattle City Council committee to build a $490 million basketball and hockey arena in the Sodo District -- near both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field -- the billionaire bought a round of beers for roughly 1,500 patrons at F.X. McRory's, a local bar and restaurant.
Hansen also provided a jovial toast to the raucous crowd.
"You guys made this happen, so thank you," Hansen said. "It’s a big milestone today. It’s been a long last three or four months trying to get this thing through … There’s no question that everyone from the NBA, to the politicians to fans around the country are looking at what’s going on here, and it’s a movement."
A full video of Hansen's toast to Seattle supporters, which comes from King5News, can be seen after the jump
For more on the plans regarding Seattle's new sports arena, check out this Story Stream on SB Nation Seattle.