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  • Anonymous

    Good deal!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What a waste of money. So glad I don’t live in Bangor to pay new and more expensive taxes for this joke on Bangor residents.

    • Anonymous

      Hollywood Casino, Waterfront Concerts, a new UP TO DATE Arena to house potential rock concerts to keep noise complaints down among the dozen or so citizens disturbed by it….I would say you have little reason to complain with all the revenue coming into your city.

      • Don’t bet on Waterfront Concerts just yet staying

    • Anonymous

      Because you don’t live in Bangor, you really don’t need to express an opinion on the arena. Bangor citizens made a choice.

      • Anonymous

         Yeah, it was a landslide vote for the arena. We heard it on the news.

        • Anonymous

          53,000 to 1 – (and we know who that was)

    • Anonymous

      Where did you hear about new taxes for the arena?

  • Anonymous

    This is great news.  Jobs for people and a future for the arena. Love it.

  • Anonymous

    This shows what the private sector, particularly non union, visionary companies like Cianbro, can accomplish when not saddled with government bureaucracy. Now we get the East/West highway under way, Maine can start enjoying economic growth and not be known to “lag behind” the rest of the country.  I cannot comprehend how anyone cannot see the benefit to this project.  Take the successful waterfront concerts and multiply that by a thousand plus….

    • Anonymous

      agree with you on this one.. across town the federal building is being revamped at way more cost and a total waste of tax dollars…not non union or private sector…probably managed by the GSA…

      • Anonymous

         I know! What on earth are they doing in there? Do we really want to know?

    • Anonymous

      “This shows what the private sector, particularly non union, visionary companies like Cianbro, can accomplish when not saddled with government bureaucracy.”

      Cianbro doesn’t need a union because it is owned by the employees.

      But what in the world does the private sector have to do with the arena?

      • Anonymous

        Cianbro and all the subs are “private sector” companies.

    • Guest

       Why didn’t the numerous OSHA violations on the arena site ever make the news????

      • Anonymous

        What violations?

  • Guest

    I don’t understand why they didn’t invite me… As usual I hear about it after the fact… I am going to the city managers office tomorrow and instruct them to tell Cianbro to ready a lift for me to pen my name on that I Beam. I have a hard hat, safty boots vest and saftey glasses..  If I have to I am going all the way to the Mayors Office.
    I hate these private parties. on the taxpayers dollar

    • Anonymous

      Don’t waste your time looking for the mayor’s office in City Hall; it doesn’t exist.

  • Anonymous

    Reporter Eric Russell gets it right that Weston is the City Council chair. Why, then, does Mr. Neff continue to perpetuate the mythical mayoral position in Bangor? The position of mayor has not existed in this city since the early 1930s.

    On an unrelated note, these ceremonies are silly. The only ones who should be signing that beam are those who actually designed and built the structure.

    • Guest

      If you look through the minutes of the past meetings, you will find the council voted him in as Mayor. I love the notion of having Royality sitting in the Chairs position being refered to as Mayor. Mayor Weston is Royality ruling over the Bangor common folk and should be respected. 

    • Anonymous

      So in your opinion, even the Mayor of Bangor shouldn’t sign the beam Ryan?  I mean c’mon, the Mayor of Bangor is a VIP and should be heralding this great accomplishment!    : )

  • Anonymous

    It is much nicer than the old eyesore for sure.

    I guess I am left wondering if it has enough capacity to last the next 40-50 years or so. Seems awfully small.

    • Anonymous

      Bangor’s population growth has remained static for many, many years, as I see it.  Don’t worry, there will be enough seats available all the time, if pricing on events are not higher than what the public can afford in Maine. 

      • Anonymous

        Bangor is a service sector hub. The population is well over 100,000 during the day. Growth is also there in the residential sector, but Bangor’s actual population is greater than the sum. Metro pop is 150,000+. I think what will work for Bangor in the future is a variety of venues. Collins Center, Gracie Theatre, The New Arena (I hope we can finally call it something else- naming rights), Waterfront Concerts, even Penobscot Theatre, Pickering Square, West Market Square. The big picture is that variety and choices for the many types of people is Bangor’s best bet for the future. And of course the (name) arena is a big piece of the puzzle. We have to showcase our city, but the BA is too old to carry on. The new barn will bring us more modern enjoyment. And rumor has it, this roof won’t leak!!!!! Wasn’t it Kenny Rogers that stopped mid performance and told BA to fix this damn roof back in 1982? Someone call Kenny and tell him!!!

    • Anonymous

      I drove by this yesterday and i have some questions too.  The Auditorium was below ground, the bleachers could be moved in or out to accomodate whatever was going on inside and to allow more space.  From the road anyway, it certainly doesnt look like this will be the case with the cement looks of bleachers.  I also am wondering what will happen to the old building?  Will they demolish it or will they continue to waste tax dollars to upkeep it?  I agree after playing High School basketball at John Bapst that this doesnt look close to the size of the Auditorium and most would say the Auditorium actually was too small a venue for many activities…So how is this going to be better.  I am happy the work is being done mostly local and that it is private sector businesses doing it.  I am very curious how this will turn out or if it will just basically be a convention center for Hollywood Casino

      • Anonymous

        The arena will have seating in  a U- shape ( ie. open ended)  This was done because there is no (at this time) permanent tenant such as a hockey or basketball team.  This will allow easier and better access for the various events that are more likely (multi- purpose) in an arena with no major tenant.  It will also allow for more floor seating for concerts etc. 

        The convention center part of the plan will handle a variety of events that the current BA now does.  The new arena will have much more floor space than the current BA even with the bleachers pushed in.  The new arena will be modern, comfortable and much better suited for the variety of events that Bangor can draw.  The size, which was debated ad nauseum, seems a little too small to some, just right for others.  Time will tell, but at 5800 fixed seats and a max capacity of 8ooo is what it’ll be regardless.  Thank goodness there will be no bleachers in sight.  The best seats in the house should never be made of wood.

        The old BA will be demolished once the new arena is ready.  Many people had a lot great times at the old BA but the new arena will be a giant leap forward for the future of Bangor. 

        • Anonymous

          Well said Steve63_10

      • Anonymous

        The new arena will not have bleachers. Telescoping seating will be installed at the end of the concrete seating bowl. The telescoping seats will be moved in or out depending on the event. For example, for a basketball game, the seats would be extended all the way. For the garden show or other similar event, the telescoping seats would be tucked in, allowing for more floor space. With the telescoping seats extended, the floor will be large enough for a regulation hockey rink — 200 feet long and 85 feet wide. That’s quite a bit larger in area than the Bangor Auditorium’s floor.

        The Auditorium will be demolished, with the space turned into parking (probably for the luxury suites).

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for clearing that one up Ryan…

  • #winning

  • Guest

    “New Bangor arena celebrates construction milestone with ‘topping-off’ ceremony.”

    I’ve never seen a building celebrate something before, only people. The Bangor Daily News must further investigate this strange phenomenon of inanimate structures celebrating events. What else excites buildings, pray tell?

    • Try as they might to personify the new arena, it may never develop an identity like the Phantom of the old Bangor Auditorium.  Here’s a photo/video of the Phantom. He usually appears around sundown from the I-395 bridge. http://www.bangorbytes.com/2011/08/phantom-of-bangor-auditorium-whats-he_3209.html

      • Anonymous

        That’s Large Larry. Way back in the history books, Paul Bunyan made a bet that he could out-duel Large Larry in a log roll. Well, the contest drew thousands, and Paul really had Large Larry on the brink of failure. Paul chopped and rolled 4,300 logs in one day and Large Larry barely produced 26. Large Larry died on his 27th log, and Paul was named the champion. But this is what the image is about: Large Larry was buried in the ground, later the site of the Auditorium being built. As soon as the city erected the statue of thier legendary logging champion, the curse began. No one saw the legendary stare down until many decades later, when the I-395 bridge was built. Then from a certain angle when crossing the bridge, one can see the stare down. Many think this is Large Larry’s last feat against the almighty Paul Bunyan, but experts have proven through intense studies that Large Larry just likes to stare at Paul’s (censored).

  • Anonymous

    “Cianbro Corp. Chairman Peter Vigue told the 150 attendees at Wednesday morning’s ‘topping-off’ ceremony — during which a 2,000-pound steel I-beam was raised to the highest point of the new auditorium’s superstructure…”

    Um, “highest point”? It’s several feet below the roof, as anyone can see. And the roof is about 10 feet lower than the clock tower. How does that equal “highest point”?

    • Anonymous

       Shush Ryan, you’re not to notice that the words don’t match the pictures.

    • Anonymous

      It was the highest point in the structure. That doesn’t include the clock tower or the roof. That beam would not fit on the clock tower.

      • Anonymous

        If you go to the Cianbro site (http://cianbro.com/ProjectsMarkets/CommercialInstitutional/BangorEventCenter.aspx), you will see that the beam is well below the roof.

        And yes, the clock tower, which is part of the arena, is the highest point, by about 10 feet. It’s irrelevant that the beam wouldn’t fit there. The story is incorrect.

        Journalism is about the truth. It’s bad when anyone can see that the beam is not the highest point.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I’m gonna miss that ol’ barn. So rich in history and memories…

    :(

    • Anonymous

      Trust me, we all will. When it comes down, that is when it will hit us. The times are changing. I remember as a little kid thinking that the building could take off and fly around bangor. It was a giant amusement machine. Those wings have been a staple in this city my whole life. It will be a sad day. But those will be followed by acceptance at this great change in the landscape. We can’t look back. It will slow us down. :)

  • Anonymous

    It was UNION IRON WORKERS that built this building. They used a non union operator to set the iron. Shame, hopefully someday you will get yours!

    • Guest

      I aggree with you, why couldn’t they find non union Iron workers. Shame on them.

      • Anonymous

        They could not find non union iron workers because they lack the skill and the bodies.

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