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    Default The ACC Not A Feasible Site to Host the All-Star Game?

    Albeit Dallas' new football stadium is a masterpiece when it comes to sports arenas/stadiums, but Toronto could easily host the All-Star game and use the Rogers Centre dome is size was the factor on why we would never be able to host the event. I think if Stern and the NBA are trying to promote the game world wide, then why not take the opportunity to let Toronto host and show the world that we're no different than then metropolis' of Chicago, New York, Boston, etc.

    Someone was asking me Sunday night about the feasibility of an all-star game in Toronto.

    Simple answer?

    No.

    Yes, the cityís great and has lots of hotel space and convention floor space and clubs and restaurants and thereíd be every chance itíd be warmer there than it was in Dallas.

    The issue is the Air Canada Centre.

    Itís a good building, with good seats for fans in a nice downtown location and most things work well in it.

    But itís too small. No back-of-house space.

    Heck, there arenít even enough dressing rooms for the folks who sing and dance, let alone all the stuff they bring with.

    Honestly, the scope of this all-star thing is huge; people, props, stuffed animals, more people and props. The Air Canada Centre, for all its charms, simply doesnít have the facilities to handle everything smoothly.

    Heck, when the Raptors get into the playoffs, they have to feed the media in a hallway Ė single tables stretched out along a wall Ė because the joint canít handle the extra people.

    I canít even guess what itíd be like with an all-star game and, if they apply, I bet the league would have some concerns.

    Sorry.

    Besides, we keep hearing that after Los Angeles next year, the new arena in Orlando might be a host and so, too, might New Orleans be so you could be looking 2014 at the earliest anyway.

    Maybe Maple Leaf Sports applies and gets it for a long-off year and, who knows, maybe they do the Saturday at the ACC and the game at the dome but Iíd be surprised.
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    I was very disappointed when I read that in Dough Smith's article. There HAS to be a way to field an all-star game in Toronto, there just HAS to be. It's too great of a city not to, and would be the ultimate revelation to all the athletes and celebrities who think Toronto is just a frozen post because it's in Canada.

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    Simple solution. Rogers Center. Bite the bullet and get it done for one night only. The first Raptors game I ever saw was played there. Christie hit a game winning three over the lowly Nuggets. It was great.

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    Those who have never organized an event have zero concept on how it might be done.

    The ACC, Rogers Center, Toronto Convention Center, Hotel Convention Center (across the street) provide all the facilities to host the biggest events with the most media anywhere. They are all within easy, safe walking distance, a much better set-up than in Dallas. (Or most NBA cities)

    Unlike the playoffs - which are a game - not day long events over a weekend - it is possible to use multiple facilities to properly organize the event.

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    2012 East vs. West Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON TBD
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    Here's another thought. If New Orleans and Phoenix could handle it then so can the city of Toronto.

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    We don't need some US talking head to say nice things about Toronto on TNT/ABC/ESPN etc. to placate some misplaced inferiority complex people have up here.
    Sheesh... why do people constantly need acceptance/approval from south of the border as some type of Sally Field "You like me, you really like me" moment?!

    Oh BTW it's Centre... (pet peeve)

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    ...A Canadian writer wrote the article.

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    Yeah I know it's from Doug Smith's Blog.
    While I disagree with his assessment, my comments were not referring to whether the ACC could handle it or not... but rather on the comments that we needed to host it to...

    "... would be the ultimate revelation to all the athletes and celebrities who think Toronto is just a frozen post because it's in Canada."

    ...then why not take the opportunity to let Toronto host and show the world that we're no different than then metropolis' of Chicago, New York, Boston, etc.

    I have no problem with the concept of showing off Toronto to the world. But why must everything be about informing or educating the Americans so we're "accepted/recognized".

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    was just talking to a fellow season ticket holder today....apparently the raptors have passed on hosting the all start weekend until the MLSE condos are done. After they are complete, expect a game in toronto

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    Quote photoman wrote: View Post

    Oh BTW it's Centre... (pet peeve)
    I heard it was actually Dome. And you wouldn't believe how you're actually supposed to pronounce "rogers."

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    Quote big red wrote: View Post
    I heard it was actually Dome. And you wouldn't believe how you're actually supposed to pronounce "rogers."
    ???

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    Sarcasm.

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    Just making light of the fact that "Rogers Centre" is such an underwhelming name for such a unique example of civil engineering. SkyDome is what I called it when it opened, and SkyDome is what I will always call it.

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    Capitalism. Making money is more interesting than some sign on a building that is taking up space.
    Last edited by Apollo; Wed Feb 17th, 2010 at 11:43 AM.

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    Quote big red wrote: View Post
    Just making light of the fact that "Rogers Centre" is such an underwhelming name for such a unique example of civil engineering. SkyDome is what I called it when it opened, and SkyDome is what I will always call it.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Capitalism. Making money is more interesting than some sign on a building that is taking up space.
    Couldn't agree more, but just because they put the sign up doesn't mean you have to toe the line. I'll call the Skydome anything pretty much anything Rogers wants me to call it as long as they pay ME enough.

    Instead, I'm locked into a terrible contract with Rogers to pay them. Andy they waste my money on pissing off an entire city by renaming a popular landmark.

    Edit:
    Back on topic: we all know you can hold a basketball game in the Skydome. Many of us have probably been to one or more games there. What I've always heard is a limiting factor is the total convention space downtown. There's only enough of it if you use the Skydome in that capacity...which means you lose it as the venue for the games.
    Last edited by big red; Wed Feb 17th, 2010 at 04:00 PM. Reason: typo.

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    LOL, I think many people share that view. I have a year and a half left on my Bell Mobility contract. They're not bad... From what I hear they're a lot better than Rogers if you're not in the GTA.

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    Have the festivities at the ACC, the game at the Rogers Centre and the celebrity game nowhere cause nobody wants to see that garbage.
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