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June 5, 2009

Guess what: the Brooklyn arena, accommodating Ratner's short-term goal, would be too small to fit in hockey

Atlantic Yards Report

We gave Norman Oder short shrift yesterday in our haste to publish links to his posts, which deserve a fuller treatment.

Now that architect Frank Gehry is off the Atlantic Yards project, forget Gehry’s dream to design an arena that could accommodate not just basketball but hockey.

Value engineering, sources tell me, means scrapping Gehry’s design to make the building smaller, without space for professional hockey.

But the failure to leave space, at least, for hockey means one potential source of additional tax revenues--and arena activity--would be precluded. So Ratner's decision might not benefit the city and state in the long-term.


NoLandGrab: The all-out rush to build an arena — any arena, even an off-the-shelf, already-done-in-Indianapolis arena — could seriously affect Ratner's ability to sell luxury suites. Would you rather buy a suite in the basketball-only Conseco Fieldhouse, um, we mean Barclays Center, or in Madison Square Garden, the World's Most Famous Arena™, and get hockey games, too?

Posted by eric at June 5, 2009 9:16 AM