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10-22-2003, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by wickedbsfan
The planning (the real money dealing) for the Fleet was in the early nineties when the economy was weak. The building opened in the mid nineties, and was one of the first of the new wave of arenas. It was pretty good at the time, but it was a cookie-cutter copy of places like the Wachovia/First Union in Philly.

Compare that situation to that of the Pepsi Center in Denver. The money deals went down in the mid nineties (with the economy thriving). The ground breaking was in 1997 in a space not handcuffed by the largest public works project in the nation, and helped by the economy going through the roof...and the place opened in 1999. Can there be any surprise that the Pepsi Center is better than the Fleet?

The Fleet was doomed from the start to be bland because of its small footprint. It has zero space around it, and its entrance is an embarrasment. Unfortunately, we should be thankful for what we have. If they built the Fleet in Waltham in 1999, then yes we could have had a building similar to the American Airlines Arena, but that didn't happen.

Five years from now the Staples center will be easily outdone.
Another factor to consider when comparing the Fleece to the Staples Center is how their construction was financed. The Fleet was privately financed, while the Staple Center was financed by a public/private partnership.

This is an interesting table comparing the financing for major pro sports arenas and stadiums in the U.S. and Canada :

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