WSB listeners weigh in on a Hawks move

As Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Hawks new owner Tony Ressler kick around the idea of a new arena for the team, WSB listeners have some strong opinions.

The comments from the Open Mic feature on the WSB Radio App all had a similar tone.

"Renovating Philips Arena is a big waste of money for the city," said one user.

"My message to greedy Kasim Reed is, 'No Way,'" said another.

One person had an interesting idea, with the Braves planning to move to Cobb County after the 2016 season:

"Kasim Reed, you can have Turner Field, turn it into a basketball arena if you want to."

Among the dozens of comments on the WSB Radio Facebook page, most struck a similar tone, with several calling renovating or replacing Philips Arena a waste of taxpayer money.

While some comments say giving the Hawks a new home is rewarding mediocrity, others said the team deserves an upgrade after an impressive 2014-2015 season.

A few comments suggested the Hawks move to Cobb County, like the Braves, to boost attendance, while another sarcastically suggested moving the team to Arkansas.

Reed said he would be open to moving the Hawks somewhere within the city limits, mentioning the current site of the Atlanta Civic Center, or a possible second unnamed location.

His comments come after Ressler said he would like to see the 16-year-old Philips Arena either renovated or replaced.

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