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ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY? DEVILS EYE HOBOKEN ON THEIR OWN
Published March 12, 1999
A day after the Nets unveiled their plans to build a sports and entertainment complex in Newark, Devils Owner John McMullen gave NJ Gov. Christie Whitman his proposal for "the same kind" of complex at an historic train terminal in Hoboken, according to Doug Most of the Bergen RECORD. However, the Whitman administration responded by sending letters to both teams "saying their proposals were inadequate and asking for more details to help officials make a decision." McMullen is pushing for a $350M "Hoboken Station" that would be "anchored" by an 18,500-seat arena and "complemented" by retail stores, restaurants and a movie theater. The arena would include 100 luxury boxes, 3,000 club seats, theme restaurants and team shops. The Devils' plan "relies on less public money than the Nets' plan," and both come days before the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority is to release a state-ordered five-month study on the future of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford. But Whitman spokesperson Pete McDonough stressed one sports complex: "I think the state will be expressing to the teams that a dual-sports arena is the only thing that makes sense to us right now. We will need to convince the teams to stick together in one of three locations" (RECORD, 3/12). McMullen will finance $200M of his project, with only $30M coming in public funds (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 3/12).