........ (1) But here's a thought--a major arena of even Fort Worth's planned seating capacity is most likely a "one shot" project. Because of costs, a city simply can't foot the bill to build an arena for rodeos and then another arena for a major sports franchise, at least in the foreseeable future. So, logically (at least my logic), arena planners should have thought about long-range planning in terms of competing for larger venues, sports or otherwise....(2) If only for the sake of an increasing city population and a growing national recognition of Fort Worth as a host for some kind of major sport. To spend a great deal of money on a smaller-scale project just to suit the rodeo crowd is, in my opinion, shortchanging us for future competition.
(1) Even Dallas, during a time of fiscal sanity, understood that it was or did not meet its "high priority" list to build a stadium for the Sultans of Professional Sports (SPS) when there were more pressing needs that had to be met then and in the future. And too, one must concede that there is a mountain of intangibles and factors that make Dallas renowned beside professional sports.
Dallas has not been the host of one of the "super majors" the NFL Cowboys since 1971 when the Cowboys home was the Cotton Bowl (1960-71 @ 11 yrs.); moving to Texas Stadium/Irving (1972-2008 @ 38yrs); and now to AT&T Stadium/Arlington (2009 -present @8-50yrs*). Dallas has never hosted the Rangers, a team that has been in the area for 45yrs and will be there for another 40 yrs*. If you google team information about the two super majors, (Cowboys and Rangers), you will see first and foremost that the teams are listed as Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas franchises. This, plus fiscal reality, is enough rationality to make me, and in the case of the City, think that Fort Worth's leaders feel absolutely no pressure to build anything to accommodate the SPS at the expense of other civic priorities. I agree with the City's stance and their thinking.
(2) The arena will prove to be very productive venue hosting out of town visitors percentage wise then would local sports franchise. Out of town business is a net infusion of money into the local economy; with the arena being the ideal venue at the appropriate sized for the influx of this kind of money.
The actual shortchanging of us for the future came when the City chose to refuse the seed money for a streetcar. Of course that is another discussion that is still needs to be revisited.