Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What is it we Actually Want from a New Arena?

For decades now, the talk Islander land has been how we need a new arena. The thing is, people never really elaborate as far as to what they want, vs whats needed for a new arena.

People want all these amenities and fancy clubs and stuff like that because they've been spoiled by the other new stadiums going up around the area. Most recently the billion dollar renovation of MSG.

But when it comes down to it, what is actually needed?

-Wider concourses

-New Seats

-Cupholders would be nice

-More bathrooms to get rid of the trailers Wang always talks about during interviews.

Beyond that, what is actually needed?? Sure we want a hell of a lot more then that and we will get it more then likely regardless of where we end up. But what beyond that do we actually NEED?

I think given the luxury amenities of new stadiums/arenas to be put up recently people have been spoiled and in some instances forget about the purpose of coming to games and watching the teams/players live. The purpose isn't to go sit in some club in some big comfy chair having some fancy meal. Its to go and root your ass off for your favorite team!

If you've been to an Islander game over the last few years your familiar with the people in section 329. They are loud as hell chanting and singing game in game out regardless of the weather. (If you haven't, they are the equivalent of the bleacher creachers at Yankee Stadium I guess you could say) They to me, epitomize what I have been describing above and I feel its being lost as a hole amongst fans because of the amenities new arenas/stadiums offer. If we get a new arena, will they come to more games then they would've otherwise? Nope, and do you know why? Because regardless of the arena they love the crest in this case on the front of the jersey.

In my opinion, people should put less focus on amenities and more on being loud as hell and rooting for their favorite team, after all, thats what they are there for!

I know people will disagree with me on many fronts with this, but I thought it would be interesting to look at a new arena from a different angle because seemingly every other angle has been played out already over the last so many years.

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