- Sep 17, 2011
Looking at URI's arena right now on CBSS. I have never been on board with diverting AD funds to the men's hockey program. They have chairbacks throughout the arena it looks like on the TV feed. Even if we renovate Gampel the bleachers risers behind the team benches do not have the dimensions to put in chairbacks. Add in the roof we just renovated and will need the same thing in the future, the whole building needs to be replaced to maximize the return to the Big East. Especially in light of an uncertain XL future. Our State is going to be money challenged for the foreseeable future. The money being thrown at a men's hockey arena could be better put to use for a future new basketball arena that seats 12,000 and has a much better layout, concessions, bathrooms, lighting and a better roof.