Not at all, just speaking my piece as a tax paying citizen. If you and your buddies want to get into your own pockets go at it. To me it's another potential waste of taxpayer dollars. What's wrong with the Aud for events? There's no way Utica can even compete with Turning Stone let alone more preferred destinations around the state.<quoted text>
I think you are posting just to argue with people but I'll elaborate because I don't think you get what I was eluding too with the Bass Pro Shop.
They are a sportsman's shop, the best, sportsman shop and a lot of sportsman travel to the Adirondacks via Utica. If they hadn't before this isn't a "destination" qualifier it is however a draw for people that are looking to do a certain type of activities in the ADK's. I travel to Auburn just to frequent the store there and I would believe that some would detour for the store here.
Folks from NYC may use I-87 but most from the West and South use Rt-12 to go North from Utica.
The train would be specific to people that use the train for tourism. Amtrack usage has never been higher in the history of Amtrack so a certain group of people do use the train. Usually people that are not in a hurry, have the money to pay for the train, and are interested in sightseeing more than rushing to the destination itself.
I do think a convention center would be a good idea for Utica and I think business and public events would be interested in holding events here in Utica.
How many people are thinking fishing & hunting in conjunction with a trade show or convention? It's a limited market.