As Hempstead Town Board members prepare to evaluate a plan for a new 13,000-seat arena to replace the antiquated Nassau Coliseum, they should carefully consider the numbers -- not the cost so much as the capacity ["Not yet shovel ready," News, April 30].

While a 13,000-seat arena would certainly provide intimate seating for concerts and minor league sports, such a capacity would be too small to qualify as the home arena for any NBA or NHL team. Why limit the county's options from the start?

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More isn't always better, sometimes it's just more. Not in this case. More seating would enable Nassau County to once again, at some point, become the home of a professional sports franchise.

Keeping all options open is good business. And you can't put a number on that.

Lee Nober, Old Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer teaches sports management at Walt Whitman High School and Farmingdale State College.