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12-12-2012, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by TheLegend View Post
I'm not against Edmonton or QC building arenas. But there have been way too many times general themed arguments being used against Glendale end up being somewhat hypocritical.
I haven't seen those arguments, but Glendale is a lot different than Edmonton or Quebec City. Edmonton and Quebec City are both big enough for a modern, large arena to host concerts, circuses, sporting events, etc. Even if it will ultimately cost more money to build than it will ever generate. The arena will keep/attract a team in a sport that is sure to be popular in the area. Cities have even built large, modern arenas even when there wasn't going to be major tenant. Ford Center in Oklahoma City (it did eventually attract the Thunder), BOK Center in Tulsa, Sprint Center in Kansas City, MTS Centre in Winnipeg, New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Pepsi Arena in Albany, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla, etc are all examples of cities that didn't have a large, modern arena nor did they have a major tenant to play at the arena, but they build the arena anyway.

But Phoenix already had a large, modern arena and it really isn't large enough to need a second. So building it to attract concerts and circuses that may have by-passed the city doesn't make a lot of sense. They were already playing at US Airways Arena.

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