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ABL LASERS TO TEST THE WATERS OF A BIG-TIME ARENA
Published September 18, 1997
The ABL Lasers' opening game, and three of their other 21 home games, will be played at San Jose Arena, according to Jody Meacham of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The move "reflects both their new owner's ambitions and the WNBA's success in filling the bottom half of the large NBA arenas." New Lasers Owner Joe Lacob: "It's a big risk. If we don't put a lot of people in (San Jose Arena), they will be comparing us (unfavorably) with the WNBA, which drew a lot of people this summer." The Lasers' primary home court remains the Event Center at San Jose State Univ., where last season they averaged 3,181 per game. Five Lasers games will be included in the ABL's game of the week on Fox Sports Net, and eight will be televised "by a yet-to-be announced local station." All 44 Lasers games will be on the radio, with 12 Sunday games on KLIV and the rest on a station to be announced next week (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/17).