Seattle’s new NHL ice hockey franchise has launched an interactive ‘fan portal’ to engage fans on issues such as ticket pricing, seating and the upcoming team name.

The 33,000 people that made season-ticket deposits and others with their names on an extended waiting list have been sent a link to the portal.

An FAQ section within the platform lists “fall 2019” as the date when ticket prices will be released, seating charts will be available and the team name will be announced.

The poll within the portal asks fans the type of team name they prefer between mythical creatures, sea animals, historical references and “anything that eats Canucks”, with Totems, Sockeyes, Steelheads, and Kraken as current front-runners.

NHL Seattle’s proposed new multi-purpose arena is scheduled to open in mid-2021, with the cost of the project rising to $900m (£692m/€800m) having originally been scheduled to cost under $600m.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the arena on December 5, with the former KeyArena set to be transformed into the state-of-the-art Seattle Center Arena. It had originally been hoped that the arena would open earlier in 2021.

The project’s costs rose to $800m when Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion franchise in December last year.

The portal has also asked fans about preferred arena music, uniform colours, travel to and from KeyArena, preferred arena food, what fans will wear to games and what the goal celebration sound inside the arena should be.

NHL Seattle president and chief Tod Leiweke announced on the portal plans to do a live “Ask Me Anything” with fans on Facebook on May 31 at 11:30 a.m.

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