I don’t remember exactly when I last suggested that the San Jose Sharks might soon circle back around and ask for another new arena, prompting complaints from Sharks fans that their current 22-year-old home is just fine, but apparently those talks have already begun:
“We have been talking to the Sharks about how we make arrangements for the construction of another facility here in San Jose,” [San Jose Mayor Sam] Liccardo said. “At some point we know, within our lifetimes, this arena will outlive its useful life. We know we have one of the oldest arenas already in the NHL. Hard to believe that’s true, but it is. So whether it’s a significant upgrade to this arena–it’s got to be more than a facelift, obviously–or the construction of a new one, we need to start having conversations about those sites.”
Liccardo is currently working on a lease extension with the Sharks owners on their existing arena, so anything new isn’t likely to get built for another few years, at least. Still, it’s amazing how quickly everyone has come to accept that a 22-year-old building must be nearing the end of its “useful life.” We may not have quite reached Rod Fort’s singularity where team owners can demand a new building every year, but we’re sure headed in that direction.