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11-01-2012, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Stoneman89 View Post
What you're failing to recognize is that everything is relative to it's time. The original six rinks probably didn't need to be upgraded or changed for as long as you say, because things in the world and the game didn't change much for about 50 years. There's been more change in players salaries in the last 5 years, for example, that than there was for about 50 years from 1940-1990. There was never the need for corporate boxes or corporate support like there is today for decades upon decades. Point is, you need to change and improve with the times, or get left behind to die. The old Montreal Forum or MLGs could stay viable for decades during the last century. There is no way they could make it that long now. Maybe Rexall place would have lasted and been viable 60 years if built in the 1930's. Not a chance now. It's the way things are.
With all due respect if we're talking "relative to time" few of those US rinks would ever be built in todays economic downturn. They were built in the middle of an overly optimistic bubble.

"The way things are" is that fewer and fewer people want to be spending high ticket prices to see spoiled brats chase a puck. Ever since the last lockout 10 dollar seats and dirtcheap ticket promotions have been commonplace in US rinks.

No US municipality in their right mind should want to service this kind of debtload financing of private arena's in the midst of towns and cities going bankrupt across the US.

I think a reality check is in order.

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