Inflation By: Mr. Wilson on September 22, 2006 Be the first to comment! Critics have suspected it from the start: expected costs for the proposed arena are exploding. What once was estimated in the $85 - $100 million range is now estimated at $160 million. A word to the wise: don't expect the costs to stop there. Comments See what your friends and neighbors have to say about this. No comments yet! Be the first. Share your thoughts with the community. Commenting is no longer permitted on this post.