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03-18-2013, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by RedWinger10 View Post
I imagine the plan is to blow away everybody when it comes to just how nice it will be. Just look at the numbers.

Nationwide arena cost: $175 Million
Budget for new Red Wings arena: $650 Million

Thats not even on the same PLANET in terms of cost. When Illitch was talking about a new arena a year or two ago (when they decided not to renew their lease of the Joe) he said he would want it to be state if the art and the gem of the hockey world. And I think that's EXACTLY what he is going for. Certainly for that kind of money it should be nothing short of his expectations.
Ilitch is gunning for an entire entertainment complex, not just an arena.

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