Star Ledger: Essex exec wants to shut arena in the Meadowlands
The way Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo sees it, the $375 million Prudential Center has proved it can be a success. Since opening in October, the venue has attracted crowds to sporting events and concerts.
But there is one thing standing in the way of the Newark arena achieving its full potential: The Izod Center.
“The Meadowlands should have been closed as soon as this arena opened up,” said DiVincenzo. “Saying two arenas can make it is absolutely not true. Every day the Izod Center stays open, it hurts our arena and hurts what we are trying to do by redeveloping Newark.”
DiVincenzo thinks one of the reasons Gov. Jon Corzine has not closed the Izod Center is pressure from an organized group of Bergen County politicians. Now he’s called together a coalition of Essex County politicians to fight for “The Rock.”