The Official Arena Thread Part 6
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12-07-2012, 12:44 AM
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Well replacement you are 100 percent right.There is no guarantee that the NHL will be around anyway now so why do fans want to waste taxpayer money on this?
Yeah, its a question the arena backing crowd won't even touch. I wonder what that bastion of downtown revitalizing, Nationwide arena, is looking like now for Columbus. Or on a lesser scale MTS Center.
Every city with one major pro team in one arena should be wondering why they bothered.
These sexy new arena's have a VERY limited shelf life these days until they are considered antiquated and then its time once again for a municipality to buck up for a new shiny box. Never ending shellgame.
I would say its about 25yrs to obsolete now. The first 10 years of an arena is novelty time. Even after that limited time period interest and demand for sitting in the new palaces typically goes down.
The NHL, if this season is done, will have missed in the neighbourhood of an average 140 home dates/team counting playoffs and exhibition season in their respective venues. Thats in 18 years, so works out to over 8 prime tenant nights/yr missing over that time. Which given average industry nights/year utilization could easily be in excess of 15% of the total premium nights booked and much more of the total gate.
Banking on NHL nights has been a friggin disaster. Municipalities should start complaining.
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