They've settled on Seattle, but Seattle isn't cooperating at all...as far as we know. I heard Bob McKenzie talking about this the other day, and his sense is also that the league won't do a one-off expansion for just Vegas....there would have to be at least one other city at the same time.
The only city that fits the bill at this point is QC, but that ruins the "alignment", unless they get creative with conferences and divisions and whatnot.
It's like saying a 78 Pacer is a classic car just because you got laid in it. The teams were great, the building sucks.
It wasn't even intended to be a hockey building. Coleman Young threw up a quickie building to try and keep the Pistons from leaving Cobo, but they went to the Silverdome anyway. Then he had to beg the Wings to move there so he wouldn't have this huge new arena sitting empty. It's not a classic building by any stretch of the imagination. Even if they didn't tear it down, it's still would suck.
Look at this from an architectural point of view....
It looks like some nondescript warehouse.
Here's the Olympia having more charm even after being abandoned for several years....
I'm conflicted on this. I'm sure most of you guys that have been there over the years are as well.
On one hand, the place has turned into somewhat of an stinkhole. The Joe is embarrassing compared to many of the nice new arenas built within the last 10-15 years. It has this weird post-apocalyptic vibe to it.
Until you sit down in your seat, anywhere. Then its magic.
This new arena better help me forget the ol' Joe, thats all I have to say!