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11-13-2012, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by XX View Post
Business, especially at the restaurants, is way down without the Coyotes. That's common knowledge. I don't see anyone at Westgate actively wishing for the Coyotes to leave. They've been awfully supportive, for good reason. Tangier opening up next door helps ease the loss, but all of that retail is better off if there are Coyote fans milling about on gameday. Weekend games tend to turn into an all day thing, where fans hang out, shop and eat at Westgate.

The Coyotes would be a tremendous loss for the area. The area exists, in part, because of the team in the first place. What we're now down to is more or less a philosophical question; should cities be in the sports business? Glendale said yes to that a long time ago, which is why you see two amazing facilities, surrounded by retail, in a glorified suburb. To turn back on that now is childish and shortsighted.
There's no doubt the Coyotes do generate some business for Westgate, on up to 41 days a year, plus playoff (and the occasional pre-season) games. How much is certainly up for debate. And I don't see anyone "turning their back" on Westgate. It's not at all a philosophical question, it's purely financial. It will cost the COG $15 million a year to keep the Coyotes there, and spending that on a subsidy could very well be against state laws. If the COG walks away it's not turning their back, it would be a prudent financial decision.

If the COG really wants to "save" Westgate there are far better ways of doing it than throwing $15 million a year into a financial sinkhole at the adjacent arena, hoping for some spillover traffic. $15 million for roughly 45 Coyotes games a year is insane, and insanely stupid for a government to support.

Why not give $15 million a year directly to Westgage? Why not pass out $20 bills to the first 2,000 cars into the Westgate parking lot each day? Why not offer to buy 8,000 pints of beer each and every day of the year for lucky patrons at Margaritaville and Yardhouse? Either of those options would cost less than $15 million a year, and would attract far more business to Westgate than nearby professional hockey.

What's better for the retail plaza, hoping for 12,000 spillover Coyotes fans 45 nights a year or having $15 million spent wisely to promote / attract business directly to the retail center?

If the city is doing this for Westgate, they're going about it completely the wrong way. And if restuarants and retail places set up business relying completely on the 12,000 or so fans the Coyotes pull in 45 nights a year, then those businesses were doomed to fail, and their closure was only inevitable.

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