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WHEN IT COMES TO ARENAS, WE LIKE THAT OLD TIME ROCK 'N ROLL

          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).
  
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