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IN AN ABOUT-FACE, CARTER NOW WISHES TO KEEP REUNION STANDING
Published April 13, 1995
Mavericks Owner Donald Carter has changed his position on tearing down Reunion Arena. Carter, who had said that keeping Reunion "would detract from a new arena" to be built nearby, now says destroying the facility would be "a bad mistake." Carter said he is now open to the idea of letting Reunion remain and moving the planned new arena to a different downtown site. But that would mean abandoning the site just south of Reunion that has been the city's and Carter's top choice for a new arena since November. In an interview Monday, Carter said he and city officials "recognized the unpopularity" of razing Reunion, as the city still owes about $36M on the facility. Speculation exists that city officials, all of whom are up for re-election, would be committing "political suicide" if they agreed to destroy Reunion (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/12).