Originally Posted by JHikka
Similar discussion to what is going on in Moncton right now. What's the point of building a 7,500 seat arena when your old one is only 1K smaller when you have the opportunity to build one with 10K? It would be more attractive and smarter in the long run.
I don't think Moncton could regularly sell 10k. I'm not even sure why they are building a new arena. The Coliseum is in a good location with plenty of parking but it is a 40 year old building. I think it's still in good shape but I haven't paid much attention to the story.
The new arena is in a good location downtown but the traffic in the area will be insane.
I haven't been following this, so someone please correct me, but one of the problems with the Coliseum is the sloping roof, which mirrors some of the problems the Saddledome has in attracting major concerts. Also concert promoters and arena builders are telling the city to have around 7500 seats and that it is unlikely they will regularly sell out 9 or 10k.
More seats isn't necessarily better.