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  • Originally posted by walrus View Post

    we need a Brendan.
    You may like transfer Fowler then.

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    • Originally posted by walrus View Post

      we need a Brendan.
      I'd prefer another Reg Cardinal, but yeah.

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      • Evidently the waitlist for season tickets is at 700 now. Wow.

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        • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post

          I'd prefer another Reg Cardinal, but yeah.
          Prestin Ryan his last two years...especially his patented hip check by the boards...something you don't see anymore in the game...a lost art...which he did on a regular basis.

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          • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post
            Evidently the waitlist for season tickets is at 700 now. Wow.
            Yet no one wanted an arena with more capacity. I hate it when money is left on the table.

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            • Originally posted by umhockey91 View Post

              Yet no one wanted an arena with more capacity. I hate it when money is left on the table.
              A demand for your ticket is healthy. For years there were empty seats everywhere and no energy.

              If the wait list sustains itself for a couple years, just raise prices.

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              • Originally posted by umhockey91 View Post

                Yet no one wanted an arena with more capacity. I hate it when money is left on the table.
                People don’t want to sacrifice on atmosphere. A larger stereotypical arena isn’t as loud, the volume dissipates the noise making people less inclined to even bother making noise, which compounds things into a run of the mill atmosphere. Having a unique and loud atmosphere is a strength and a recruiting tool. I think keeping it and upgrading the seating and other interiors along with new lockerooms, workout, etc… is the way to go. To be honest, I’d rather see them add another balcony instead of the skyboxes. But big donors might not like that.

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                • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                  People don’t want to sacrifice on atmosphere. A larger stereotypical arena isn’t as loud, the volume dissipates the noise making people less inclined to even bother making noise, which compounds things into a run of the mill atmosphere. Having a unique and loud atmosphere is a strength and a recruiting tool. I think keeping it and upgrading the seating and other interiors along with new lockerooms, workout, etc… is the way to go. To be honest, I’d rather see them add another balcony instead of the skyboxes. But big donors might not like that.
                  This is exactly why the Alfond > the Whitt

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                  • Originally posted by walrus View Post

                    we need a Brendan.
                    Someone as tough as Brendan and as willing to send a message, sure, but not a forearm shiver to the head guy, like Brendan. Bellamy was just as tough, but not dirty and never embarrassed the Maine fans.
                    I had no use for Brendan.

                    and I would love another Prestin! —his 2004 jersey just sold on eBay for $1000…I could not pull the trigger at that price. (Covered in Tony Voce’s spit and blood, I imagine—-I was gonna say Voce’s tears, but Tony gave as good as he got)

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                    • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                      People don’t want to sacrifice on atmosphere. A larger stereotypical arena isn’t as loud, the volume dissipates the noise making people less inclined to even bother making noise, which compounds things into a run of the mill atmosphere. Having a unique and loud atmosphere is a strength and a recruiting tool. I think keeping it and upgrading the seating and other interiors along with new lockerooms, workout, etc… is the way to go. To be honest, I’d rather see them add another balcony instead of the skyboxes. But big donors might not like that.
                      The alfond has its charm like you mention but its a lousy facility. Its such a cobbled up affair. Theres so much wrong that cant be fixed, I wont bother trying to list everything.
                      Its what he have though for the next 25? years just have to embrace it.
                      Building a new properly designed and located rink was the way to go, but not enough funding. Personally from what I saw of that recent rendering they put together for a new rink, glad they didnt go with that.

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                      • To make it more comfortable,as in seating...you need to remove the bench seating and replace with chair backs ...but doing so will reduce capacity ...and by as much as 300 to 400. They will put add on's to the entrance ways and in between here and there...basically band aiding...the only way you see a NEW ARENA(rink)...is some deep pocket or muti-deep pocket donors...and that would be from 60 million to 85 million...my estimate might be far fetched but...but say a 6k hockey rink and everything under the sun won't come cheaply...maybe 75 million would be the ballpark price...so not happening...live with it and enjoy Maine hockey.

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                        • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post

                          The alfond has its charm like you mention but its a lousy facility. Its such a cobbled up affair. Theres so much wrong that cant be fixed, I wont bother trying to list everything.
                          Its what he have though for the next 25? years just have to embrace it.
                          Building a new properly designed and located rink was the way to go, but not enough funding. Personally from what I saw of that recent rendering they put together for a new rink, glad they didnt go with that.
                          Where is a rendering of a new rink? I saw one for new basketball arena but not hockey.

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                          • Originally posted by UnMcGovernable View Post
                            This is exactly why the Alfond > the Whitt
                            The atmosphere in Snively Arena was always superior to that at The Whitt, at least after the new car smell wore off at the new place, and the more vociferous element of the old arena aged out and/or were discouraged from interacting more loudly. Of course, co-opting the pep band to work against the more raucous elements of the crowd didn't help.

                            When your time comes for a new facility in Orono, don't let them rob you of your hockey atmosphere in exchange for comfort, just so Mrs. Dean can bring her nieces/nephews to a game once a year without embarrassing her ...
                            Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                            Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                            • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                              The atmosphere in Snively Arena was always superior to that at The Whitt, at least after the new car smell wore off at the new place, and the more vociferous element of the old arena aged out and/or were discouraged from interacting more loudly. Of course, co-opting the pep band to work against the more raucous elements of the crowd didn't help.

                              When your time comes for a new facility in Orono, don't let them rob you of your hockey atmosphere in exchange for comfort, just so Mrs. Dean can bring her nieces/nephews to a game once a year without embarrassing her ...
                              This is a good example. I wonder if ticket prices increased substantially to price out the little guy in favor of corporate types?

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                              • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                                Where is a rendering of a new rink? I saw one for new basketball arena but not hockey.
                                It was back in that information last year or two ago with the alfond donation. Not sure its still on the umaine web site. I had a link to some of that early info, will see if i can find it.

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