the admiral

NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

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20 hours ago, the admiral said:

Well, that you haven't heard from them probably speaks to the rhetorical bankruptcy of "save the Coyotes to see your team from back home." You're talking about one appearance a year from those teams, two from Chicago every other year, and two or three from Western Canada. Maybe those folks like having those games, but not enough to support the corporate welfare the Coyotes obviously need to survive. I mean, people don't move to Arizona to ambitiously fund the greater good; why would they care about some stupid sports team needing a new place to play?

Great points. By no means did I ever expect the collective fandom of NHL fans (of other teams) living in metro PHX to play a significant factor (monetary or vocal) in keeping the team here and/or a new arena (outside of purchasing tickets)...looking back maybe "support" was too strong of a word. For the most part it is just an interesting and odd dynamic to see/hear opposing fans say the Yotes should leave (and I get it to a degree), but by default you are calling for a team to leave and thus end your ability to see your team once/twice a year and/or NHL hockey.

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The real bummer in all of this is that it does appear to be a very, very nice arena.

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For reference, they're tarping off the four upper level corner sections 205, 211, 220, 226. And for an arena that really has no bad viewing seat, those would be my choice for worst aesthetically. You're right up against a wall (they have these suite "towers" in the four corners). You feel slightly less connected with the rest of the arena. Of course any pro team tarping off seats sounds bad and it'll probably look bad, but idk if this will affect anything really when it comes to the game watching experience there.

 

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I hate hearing seats referred to as "inventory".

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The arena doesn't appear to have retractable seating down in front like most arenas do. That's interesting because most arenas have a floor much wider than 85 feet.

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The lower portions of sections 104 - 108 are retractable to allow for staging...not a whole lot of retractable, but some.

 

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Interesting. That's a lot less retractable seating than I'm used to seeing in the more multi-use arenas. Look at how big the Bradley Center floor is:

 

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