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12-29-2012, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by XX View Post
Scottsdale was offered the chance to have the arena first. Los Arcos mall was defunct and scheduled for demolition, so it was an ideal plot of land. The site is about as central as you get in Phoenix (downtown is NOT central). Also of note is that it would be within driving distance for players and close to the IceDen where they practice now. Ellman couldn't get the deal he wanted so he went to Glendale, who let him have his crown jewel; Westgate. It was going to be amazing, but the housing market and economy had other ideas.
I have to disagree about Scottsdale being "central" location.

The only central about it is that most of the people with money live out in the East Valley, and that's a fair argument as far as "central" goes.

But I live out in Buckeye, and I have extra money to spend, but a Scottsdale trip would take me more than an hour.

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