US Airways executives decided nearly a year ago that if they merged, the Tempe headquarters would move to Fort Worth, Texas, and the airline would be called American.
But they’ve promised to maintain a big presence in metro Phoenix and keep the Sky Harbor International Airport hub. And they’ve hinted at new routes that could include Phoenix-London.
The promises might have been lifted straight from news releases that United and Continental airlines issued in 2010 when they merged and moved Continental’s headquarters from Houston to Chicago. Or from the release that Delta and Northwest issued in 2008 when they announced their merger and their plans to move Northwest’s headquarters from Minneapolis to Atlanta.
The Santa Anna Star Center was built in Rio Rancho to primarily be a venue for the New Mexico Scorpions hockey team. Not only are the New Mexico Scorpions not playing there, the New Mexico Mustangs won’t be playing there either according the the Rio Rancho Observer “Mustangs ‘inactive’ for season“.
The New Mexico Mustangs, who called the Star Center home for the past two seasons of North American Hockey league competition, were officially “granted inactive status” by the NAHL and will not compete in the league in the 2012-13 season.
A ticket to a Mustangs’ game wasn’t exactly the hottest item in town: The team drew an average of 802 fans for each of its 29 home games in 2010-11 and then 721 fans for each of its 30 home games in the just-completed season.
The situation with the Santa Anna Star Center was covered by the New York Times in 2011. The company that convinced the city to build the center, Global Entrainment, went around the country getting a lot of cities to build similar arenas making promises that didn’t come true.