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10-01-2012, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Renegader View Post
Gord should be ponying up some money as well for an arena and not rely on the city (taxpayers) to pay for it all.

The big problem in Belleville is the game day experience. As Tonester attested to above, speakers weren't working, the audio person continually leaves mics on and then static crackles over the speakers (ones that are working anyway), the concession stands have broken items. The video board is awful. It's too dim in some areas of the arena and a lot of the videos they play aren't formatted properly for the screen. The whole game day experience is lacking and that's a direct reflection on the owner. If the game day experience was better, I guarantee you more fans would show up. Go to a game in Oshawa or London or Ottawa and you will sense a professional atmosphere while watching the game. This is sorely lacking in Belleville thanks to Mr. Simmonds. He has no vested interest in Belleville, hell I don't even think he was at the home opener. Last year he had the annual awards in Uxbridge. Not Belleville. This year, he had an exhibition game in Uxbridge, not in a surrounding community like Napanee or Wellington. It's a slap in the face to Belleville. Clearly he won't move the team to Uxbridge, but he might look somewhere closer to his home. It's pretty clear he doesn't care about Belleville. His actions show this. We need local owner(s) that have a vested interest in the community. Mr. Simmonds does not.
How far is Markham form Uxbridge? When the new arena is built in Markham they will be looking for a tenant and will have difficulty getting a NHL team as long as the Leafs have a veto. An OHL team is a possibility unless Barrie has territorial rights.

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