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02-02-2013, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
Sorry to use your own words against, XX.... But that expression also says a lot in of itself.
It would be like putting a team in Seattle right now with no arena. Not a smart idea. But hey, it was the 90s and the NHL wanted new markets. I just don't buy the argument that AWA was purpose built for basketball to spite hockey, or that Phoenix didn't want hockey. It just never occurred to the city at the time. AWA was built cheaply (140m in dollars today) and specifically for the Suns. Think lots of exposed cement and brick. Within a span of 10 years, the Phoenix area got an NFL, MLB (plus ballpark) and NHL team. Is there really another city that went through such a change? A lot was in flux, and hockey wasn't the focus.

A Los Arcos arena would have been perfect. So missing out on that (along with the housing bubble burst) really screwed the Coyotes.

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