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02-10-2013, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by BK Triple Threat View Post
LOL....Reno is a joke. Thats never gunna happen.
There was a point in the last 18 months when Reno people found out US Olympic Committee would take 2022 Olympic bids and rumors started flying out there. It seemed like something would happen.

The problem: Reno built a ballpark and got AAA baseball. It's one of those tax increment financing deals where taxes on what they thought would be redeveloped surrounding blocks of land (just on the edge of downtown) were expected to cover the bonds that were sold. That redevelopment hasn't happened, and the agreement then has the city covering the debt and, of course, Reno can't. So the Reno Aces wins the PCL and the AAA championship game and then the owner threatens to leave unless the city covers the debt. The city actually called the bluff (not a lot of empty stadia hanging around), they're working on a new refinancing deal at this point. It's too bad, the ballpark has a certain simplicity with utility and a nice bar area, but owners be scoundrels.

So, Reno building a hockey arena after that? Probably not.

BTW, yes, Reno Events Center looks like it could accomodate hockey, and while basketball is played in the building, it (1) probably doesn't make its own ice, and (2) the concert industry is actually the primary tenant, and they want ALL the Saturdays.

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