Utica's Arena is also much older than ours and went through a beautiful renovation. Not the half assed one like here that basically swapped out seats. The Comets are killing it up there too.
I will say this, the Devils have been a trash affiliate no matter where they go so I can't fully lie the blame on Binghamton this time...from their first go around in Utica to Lowell to Albany and now Binghamton.
If it were not for John Hughes (and yes some taxpayer $$) and new Mets owner Steve Cohen, it's very likely we would not have the AA Mets affiliate here too. A radical change in the minor leagues eliminated several teams but the 25 plus year relationship here, proximity to Citi Field and AAA Syracuse made it a no brainer to keep Binghamton as the AA affiliate.