The reason that I mentioned this fact is that it was probably the first time that people actively started to question the conventional wisdom that a sports stadium is a licence for a municipality to print money. While it's pretty much received wisdom that team owners make out like bandits while the community blessed by their presence ends up getting stuck with all the costs and none of the spin-off, back when Lynn was ranting about the jocks and the smocks, everyone believed that Elly was standing in the way of printing money.
What this tells us is that if she'd wanted to modernize the arc, she would have had one of two options. The first would be to have Elly up in arms because they were replacing the old town hall with a new building that would still have room for the arts but be a shining example of the municipal parking garage school of design. The second option would be to have her do battle with a historical preservation society that's sick and tired of cleaning up after theatre majors and wants them gone before they wreck the place.