These are 2011 numbers ( For what it's worth, BRAC brought 10s of thousands of high-paying (MANY 6-figure) new jobs to the area, most of which SINCE 2011, in both the B-W corridor and Balt/Harford/Cecil counties, so I'm skeptical that many of these counties dropped significantly.
5 Howard County Maryland $98,953
10 Montgomery County Maryland $92,909
11 Charles County Maryland $91,733
16 Calvert County Maryland $89,393
21 Anne Arundel Maryland $84,138
22 Carroll County Maryland $84,117
33 St. Mary's County Maryland $81,657
42 Harford County Maryland $78,123
43 Frederick County Maryland $77,791
69 Prince George's County Maryland $70,715
Personally, I think an arena south of the tunnels, near the I-95 / I-695 / I-97 "junction" area... would be ideal for ease of access to weeknight events. Some ballpark drive times to the Landsdowne area... Grasonville (across the Bay Bridge) 45 mins... Upper Marlboro 35 mins... National Harbor 60 mins in / 45 back at night... Frederick 45 mins... Cecil County 45 mins... Harford County 30 mins... Gaithersburg 60 mins in / 40-45 back at night...
I know a lot of people "take the metro" to Chinatown in DC for games... but when you're done getting to the station, traveling on the metro with all the stops, etc., you're pretty much locked in to an hour of travel each way. Unless you're already in close. But the metro is used a lot because the alternative is almost unthinkable for a lot of folks. Personally I always drive in to DC, I hate public transportation. But if everybody did the same, we'd never get to the event on time. Baltimore-South traffic can be a pain, but it's nothing like downtown DC at rush times.
All that said, I doubt THE NBA would EVER let it happen (WAS and PHI would fight it)... so all this theory is really pointless ... but I do think that a well-run, well-marketed franchise in a good building in the right location could do just fine here.
Edited by Ravens2006, 09 May 2014 - 08:44 PM.
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