Posted in music | venues on September 27, 2007

Prudential Center

When the new Prudential Center arena opens in downtown Newark next month, the city - which spent $210 million in taxpayer dollars on the project - will not be getting one of the arena's 76 luxury suites.

Some city council members are irate, saying the city deserves one of the boxes that are being sold for $225,000 apiece. Newark could use it to host guests, children or other dignitaries, the council members say. The issue, they say, symbolizes the bum deal the city has cut with the New Jersey Devils over the arena.

Some council members say they'll boycott opening night - Oct. 25 when Bon Jovi performs.

"To me, the height of disrespect is the city of Newark has put into the project $210 million - which is the baseline - and the Devils have not given us a box," Council President Mildred Crump said. "They're dissing us at a level that's disrespectful." [NJ.COM]

Dissing you? nice.
The Prudential Center (nicknamed "The Rock") is an 18,000-seat multi-purpose arena being built in Newark, New Jersey for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.....The arena will open on October 25, 2007 with a series of concerts by New Jersey rock group Bon Jovi, featuring a star-studded lineup of opening acts, including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Daughtry, The All-American Rejects and New Jersey's own My Chemical Romance. The first two concerts will be followed by the first Devils home game on October 27 against the Ottawa Senators, who were the Devils' last opponent at Continental Airlines Arena. [Wikipedia]

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Comments (12)

is this a new bowery presents venue ;)

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2007 1:48 PM

"To me, the height of disrespect is the city of Newark has put into the project $210 million - which is the baseline - and the Devils have not given us a box," Council President Mildred Crump said. "They're dissing us at a level that's disrespectful."

HOW ABOUT YOU STOP WORRYING ABOUT A FUCKING BOX SEAT AND FIX THE CRIME/DRUG PROBLEMS RUNNING RAMPANT IN YOUR CITY. jesus christ.

it's like everyone has just forgotten about the fact that three kids with good futures ahead of them were senselessly murdered in a school yard, no less.

Posted by jason | September 27, 2007 1:55 PM

"They're dissing us at a level that's disrespectful."

What does this sentence mean? Is there some kind of respectful dissing that would have been acceptable? Isn't "dis" short for "disrespect?"

Posted by JD | September 27, 2007 2:38 PM

"Some council members say they'll boycott opening night - Oct. 25 when Bon Jovi performs."

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are words really necessary for that one?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2007 2:43 PM

"I spent $210 million of someone else's money on building this thing and they're not even going to reward me with free seats?"

Ridiculous.

If anyone should be rewarded, how about the Newark residents who are paying their tax dollars to build a private arena for a?

Posted by Perry | September 27, 2007 4:20 PM

Newark: at least there aren't any hipsters here

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2007 6:39 PM

but there are plenty in nearby hoboken.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2007 8:32 PM

i heard the urinal cakes will look like Sharpe James.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2007 2:33 PM

With all those opening acts (each of whom can headline a show herself/themselves, albeit maybe not an arena show), how long is that show going to run?

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2007 6:11 PM

If they don't show up oh well more room for me and my friends Go Devils! Go MCR!

Posted by Lilly | September 30, 2007 2:57 PM

i travel thru newark everyday...i park at the edison lot across from pru. center...I am wondering when the homeless people who hang out in front of penn station every morning and evening are going to disappear. also what form of transport will be able so some folks feet never touch ground frm penn station to the center. how about moving stairs frm track 5 to the door of the center...wouldn't that be wonderful....

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 9:51 AM

Can't wait to see the Spice Girls there !!!! Spice up your life!!!!!!

Posted by Brian H. | October 26, 2007 11:21 PM

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