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02-02-2013, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
If they wanted one or anticipated one, they would have made the brand new building suitable for it. There are arenas in this country with neither NBA nor NHL who have done that.
Hindsight is 20/20. No one thought around 1990 that the NHL would be expanding to Phoenix of all places. Making a building multi-sport also wasn't the norm. I'm sure you know the story of how the Coyotes almost didn't end up in Phoenix too. So let's cut the crap about AWA not being designed for hockey because it 'wasn't wanted'.

The real question should be: Why did the Suns/Phoenix spend $70 million to renovate AWA (in order to compete with when they could have just made it more hockey friendly with that money? Ellman pitched a few proposals, if I remember right. It wasn't like he was set on leaving. The answer is because Jerry Colangelo had one eye on the exit, selling the Suns to Sarver the year after. The Coyotes basically hemorrhaged cash because they couldn't get a good share of revenues when the Suns controlled the arena.

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