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MCI CENTER EARNING RAVE REVIEWS BEFORE OPENING NEXT WEEK
Published November 24, 1997
The MCI Center, which opens next Tuesday, was reviewed by architectural writer Benjamin Forgey of the WASHINGTON POST, who called it "an unusually attractive, welcoming sports arena. ... This is one of the most inviting athletic buildings anywhere because it is not just an arena. Impressive stores, restaurants and even a sports museum -- all saturated with video images and interactive displays -- surround" its entrance. Forgey added that the "seating bowl is a handsome, commodious affair. Arranged in three tiers, it provides excellent sight lines to the playing floor even from the highest seat in the third tier." More Forgey: "[T]here are negatives. Foremost, to my mind, is the rigid stratification of the seating arrangements." Also, parking "is certain to be a temporary problem. ... And it could become a long-term headache." Forgey's conclusion: "All parties involved ... deserve sizable credit for the jobs they did on the MCI Center. The efforts to make it a welcoming urban neighbor are significant and largely successful" (Benjamin Forgey, WASHINGTON POST, 11/22).