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WHEN IT COMES TO ARENAS, WE LIKE THAT OLD TIME ROCK 'N ROLL
Published October 10, 1997
In today's WALL STREET JOURNAL, John Helyar writes on the "new wave of arenas ... aiming to restore a sense of intimacy and to get rank-and-file fans back in the game by giving them a better view." Helyar: "The Pacers may be the boldest players in this movement, having broken ground on a throwback arena designed to look like a high-school field house." Yesterday in Atlanta, TBS announced plans for a new arena "that will confine all suites to one side of the bowl and thereby offer much better seats to the suiteless on the other." In Toronto, the Maple Leafs "have ordered their architect to create 'the Camden Yards of hockey.'" Janet Marie Smith, the design chief behind Camden Yards, "has now turned her attention to arenas, heading up the planning for Atlanta's and consulting on Indiana's." Helyar writes that the Indiana Fieldhouse "will ooze nostalgia" from the '20s, with "metal seat-section signs printed with an old-style font; vintage-looking advertising signs; a scoreboard with an old-fashioned nondigital clock; even a section with pullout bleachers" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/10).