The downtown arena issue was just starting to percolate when I left Kingston, so I can’t say I have well-researched or well-thought out opinions on it. Being from Cincinnati, I’m certainly sympathetic to muncipalities being held over a barrel by sports franchises for new facilities. And there’s a fair amount of research out there that says investing public funds in sports facilities is an economic loser. On the other hand, having both played and been a spectator at the Memorial Centre (Ha, just noted that the OHL Arena Guide refers to it being in a “run down section of Kingston.” I lived two blocks from it for five years and, uh, I can’t argue with that.), that’s a building that is old, small, and in not great shape. And as Kingston is the birthplace of hockey (eat my shorts, Montreal and Windsor, NS! 😉 ), it would be a shame to see them lose the Fronts.
The group that opposes the arena has a pretty detailed website, if you’re interested in more info.
Dunno if I still have any of my loyal Kingston readers after the long hiatus from blogging…Kris, you have a take on this?