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Old 03-14-2007, 09:39 AM   #11
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The new arena is going to give the city the ability to host several high profile events.

Women's college basketball Final Four

Men's college basketball regional final.

NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA hockey invitationals.

PIAA boys and girls basketball finals.

PIAA wrestling championships.

Plus we just became a prime candidate for a new arena league team and a possible NBA D-League team.

This is going to a huge windfall for the city.

Yes, and don't forget all the concerts and non-sporting events that have avoided the "falling apart" Mellon Arena for years. This is what so many of us were trying to say all along. It wasn't JUST about the Pens---it was about the progress and development of this city and region. Thank god the politicians finally had a little foresight---if only a very little.
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This is what so many of us were trying to say all along.
Very true. But it was also a point that was not pushed home nearly enough during these negotiations. All these fan/arena groups pushed the Penguin issue to no end, but very rarely hit on the other events in which this arena will bring to this city.

It wasn't just the fan/arena groups either, it was also the media. It was always "a new home for the Penguins" when this issue was reported on the news. Very, very rarely were the concerts, other sporting events, etc. etc. pushed home. Thankfully all ended well.
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But it was also a point that was not pushed home nearly enough during these negotiations. All these fan/arena groups pushed the Penguin issue to no end, but very rarely hit on the other events in which this arena will bring to this city.

It wasn't just the fan/arena groups either, it was also the media. It was always "a new home for the Penguins" when this issue was reported on the news. Very, very rarely were the concerts, other sporting events, etc. etc. pushed home. Thankfully all ended well.
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