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11-16-2012, 01:21 PM
Bert Marshall days
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Originally Posted by periferal View Post
I'll just never understand why Ratner & Co didn't design the arena to be even a bit more NHL friendly. If you're going to spend literally a BILLION dollars on an arena in this day and age it should be able to host any type of event comfortably, and I think we're going to be anywhere from mildly to very disappointed in the hockey setup.
3 reasons

1- Financial restrictions caused Ratner to scale back from the original design. He barely beat the economic disaster and almost couldn't build anything.

2- The neighborhood didn't want the building extending much further than it is and fought it.

3- Ratner and others never thought LI would be so incompetent to not get a new arena built and thought the Lighthouse project would be built. Who turns $3 billion private funding down? That would look pretty good now in the aftermath of the recession and the storm damage. He never knew K Murray and her puppet masters were as clueless as they are.

The hockey setup will be fine. An accidental gem. Have you been to Barclay's yet?

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