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06-02-2013, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by MNNumbers View Post
And, the irony. JimA. Your question is "Why would Atlanta need a 2nd large arena?" We can also ask "Why did the Phoenix area need a 2nd large arena?" Answer: they didn't. Your question exactly shows the error in judgment of Glendale in building the job.

Understand the point MNN. But they had to build the 2nd arena because the one downtown was never going to be renovated to make it feasible for a hockey team to remain a tenant there.

This could go off onto a whole discussion of its own... but I stated a long time ago that the Coyotes got dumped onto Phoenix before it was ready to take on an NHL franchise. IIRC.... Jerry Colangelo took the original Jets franchise in as a favor to Gary Bettman whom he knew from Gary's days in the NBA. But Colangelo had just had the AWA remodeled (at Phoenix's expense) to create an intimate environment for his NBA franchise. He wasn't about to tear all that up for another tenant.

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