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Babcock In Favor Of A New Downtown Arena

from Louis Aguilar of the Detroit News,

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock expressed frustration Tuesday that the state government is not supporting plans to build a new hockey arena in downtown Detroit and vaguely referred to a development connected to it — a mall.

“A new facility, no question,” Babcock said Tuesday morning on a 97.1 The Ticket, an FM sports radio talk show, when asked if he preferred that the Wings continue to play at Joe Louis Arena or at a new arena.

“If we want the city to come back, we got to revitalize downtown. And a big part of that’s going to be the new arena, and the mall and the stuff going around it,” he said. “And that’s very important. That’s why we need the state to jump onside. The sooner the better, if we’re going to revitalize Michigan. It’s got to start right here in Detroit.”

An Olympia Entertainment spokeswoman did not have an immediate comment.

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Not sure why the State of Michigan needs to help fund the new arena. Illitch has the funds and Wing profitability to build the arena himself. If there needs to be some tax breaks to fund the arena with funds from the activity there, the city should be able to bond for that. See Seattle’s plan to self fund the arena through bonds on income from the building. The state shouldn’t have to support a new building.

Posted by timbits on 02/22/12 at 12:42 AM ET

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