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02-02-2013, 02:58 PM
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Suburban arenas in general just are not a good long-term proposition. As a region grows they become harder to get to, instead of easier, as traffic increases without the type of new infrastructure investments that downtowns receive as a region grows larger. There is a reason the Devils moved from East Rutherford to Newark, and the Islanders are moving from Uniondale to Brooklyn. A suburban area will always have its one or two highways leading to it from downtown, downtown gets new transportation connections, both road and mass transit, as a city grows. In the hub-and-spoke model that most metropolitan areas follow (South Florida is a notable exception), put regional attractions at the hub, not the spoke.

Besides Nassau Coliseum and BB&T Arena (in the aforementioned unique South Florida), Jobing is the last suburban arena left in the league, and by far the newest built. Downtown arenas provide economic development of surrounding businesses while suburban arenas exist as an island in a sea of parking lots and do little to improve the surrounding area. The Coyotes were doomed from the beginning because the US Airways Center could not support hockey.

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