Second (third?) the comments from "crisfs" and "aaliebert". I'm an East Coaster who, for the past three years, has attended the Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace, and have no issues whatsoever with the venue; it doesn't detract from the Fair, and in fact Dickens gives the Palace a nice, cozy feel it would otherwise lack in the cold light of day. It sounds like Curcio tried (and failed) to make the venue work for hockey, despite warnings to the contrary. This isn't the venue's fault.