And the deal's done and announced, with a 5-4 win after a SO in OT over Buffalo, who had a TON of obnoxious fans down in our arena tonight (douchebags kept jumping up in front of the cameras when they could).
The new arena's gonna go over the to the left (if you're facing downtown) of where the current arena is, and hopefully it'll help revitalize the 5th & Forbes corridor that runs along there too... That area needs some new buildings and things, and there's now to be a ton of development to go with the arena. I cannot wait, and I'm gonna bust ass to get tickets for opening night of the new arena.
I'm happy... I feel like break dancin'.
By the way, I'm seeing some seriously ugly **** around forums... People really being cry babies and stuff. I gotta say I'm disappointed with some of the people up in Canuckle land too (obviously not you guys, but I'm citing some angry people who felt the Pens going ot KC was somehow a good idea, but clearly they had more of a desire to see a team move to THEIR city and Pitt just became their sounding board I guess). I mean, guys in Hamilton Ontario crying they didn't get the Penguins... Are they serious? They have Toronto and Buffalo on either side...
But that said, there was some pretty seriously tasteless behavior from people in KC over the Penguins debate, and their new mantra is that this is all the fault of Bettman, and nothing more... Nothing to do with KC being a horrible city for the NHL (a horrible city in general, I've been there too many times by my count), Pittsburgh being a great NHL city, Lemieux & Co. LIKING Pittsburgh more than KC for their personal lives, or the government officials actually making necessary concessions to keep the team here...
Like I said in this thread, the issue of us getting an arena wasn't in question and people seem to forget that when they cite "but we have the Sprint Center right here for you!" and such. That's great, but Pitt's getting an arena built to an NHL team's specifications, it's just a matter of paying for it... And the Penguins got that hashed out, thank god... But now everyone who wanted to see the team leave Pittsburgh are saying it's all a screwjob and that they were a done deal to go to KC and things.
I personally don't believe that in the slightest.