MRandall25 wrote:Putting an extension/another rink by Consol would be even more of a logistical nightmare than the current arena always is during game days.
The rink in Cranberry is the best plan of action; it's a booming area, and the housing plans around that area are the kind of plans NHL'ers want to move their families into. Big houses, safe hoods. Cranberry is ideal in that regards.
I dont disagree but too be fair there are plenty of areas surrounding Pgh where players can live and that are booming, north, south, east and west. Now most will want to live in Cranberry of course, as its a hike from anywhere, but so was Southpointe. Although from my experiences Cranberry is just an explicit nightmare to drive to and through, worst in the city and awful compared to just getting on 79 south to southpointe, but thats for me so I dont venture that way too much.
As one of the biggest critics of Consol and its complete lack of basically anything compared to any other new arena, other than being new and having a crisper scoreboard, I am not sold on their redevelopment plans as this great possibility just yet. Not saying adding the practice rink/training center is the right thing to do or even possible but it would have went a long way into getting me thinking about the area and what may come.
To be fair the Buffalo plan is really cool and it seems they are trying to use the facility a lot more and in a lot more ways than the Penguins which is a huge difference. Although the Penguins are now putting up little ice rinks in every area of the city.
Terry has the cash though. Burkle does but I doubt he is going to invest heavily into development surrounding our city as he has his own billion dollar investments to worry about. Just different types of owners, one not worse than the other, just different.