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02-04-2013, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
You, my friend, after years of me trying to make this point, get it. I'm sure others know that too, but no one ever talks about that part. They know to blame Bettman, but not for the real reason.

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.
They did want one, Jerry Colangelo asked Bettman if the NHL was interested in expanding to Phoenix at some point in the future in 1992, while he was building America West Arena. Colangelo said if Bettman would have told him that NHL was interested in expanding to Phoenix he would have built the arena to be suitable for both hockey and basketball. Unfortunately Bettman said the NHL wasn't likely to expand to Phoenix at the time so Colangelo built the arena as small as possible to fit a basketball court so that the crowd would sound extremely loud during games, which they often do, in order to provide a more intense atmosphere due to the loud resonation of the arena's acoustics. He built the arena this way, because he was a fan of the atmosphere at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum also known as the "Madhouse on McDowell", which was the Phoenix Suns original home venue.

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