It just makes no sense. Either build something worth building or don’t build anything at all.See topics discussed above - Mike Anthony does a nice job w/ his part (w/ the insight of someone who covered the team extensively in past).
It probably isn't going to completely change the opinions/cynicism of those who are dead set against it for whatever the variety of personal reasons/emotions are but would be helpful for someone who only gets their "news" from Twitter/Blogs..
I guess the XL Center "unknown future" discussion could have been expanded but it would have been beating the proverbial dead horse and some of the "facts"/opinions presented can be debated but's worth the 37 minute listen...
(It even has a @Storrs South mention)
Unfortunately, BC is using that ACC money to catch-up. No more inflatable dome over Alumni Stadium. They now have a full-size, indoor practice facility (to be followed by a new baseball and softball field) across Comm Ave in the land they bought from the Catholic Church a few years back.If BC can recruit in football, so can we. One day.
Baseball and softball fields were completed and utilized this past spring. Harrington Athletics Village - Facilities - Boston CollegeUnfortunately, BC is using that ACC money to catch-up. No more inflatable dome over Alumni Stadium. They now have a full-size, indoor practice facility (to be followed by a new baseball and softball field) across Comm Ave in the land they bought from the Catholic Church a few years back.
BC's New Indoor Practice Facility to be Named Fish Field House
It's not UConn's job to subsidize the XL Center.I'm not gonna start another thread on the topic but here is an Editorial by the Hartford Business Journal w/ why they think this is misguided: UConn hockey rink investment wrong-minded
>>At a time when Hartford officials and boosters are angling for as much as $250 million from the state for an XL Center renovation, the pending school/donor-funded investment by Connecticut's flagship university, which has been complaining about state funding cuts, is misguided.
UConn men's hockey already plays the majority of its games in Hartford and would likely continue to do so even after the new Storrs arena is built. Therefore, it would be wiser for UConn to co-invest in a renovated XL Center arena.
State lawmakers, which have so far rebuffed the XL Center renovation investment given Connecticut's fiscal crisis, will likely be even less inclined to foot that bill — particularly if Republicans take control of the House, Senate or governor's mansion — if UConn is building its own new, expensive hockey arena. <<
>>However, UConn and the state should have pushed harder to scrap the on-campus arena requirement altogether, and instead committed to renovating the XL Center into a top college hockey venue. UConn's co-investment in the XL Center could make it more palatable for lawmakers to finance a large-scale renovation. <<
>>I'm not saying UConn hockey or the Storrs arena are headed toward a similar fate (UConn says multiple other revenue-generating uses are planned for the facility). But Connecticut and its top state university should not invest in two separate facilities for the partial benefit of a college hockey team, even if being in the Hockey East conference means the school can attract more donor funds.
How about convincing those donors to help rebuild XL Center instead?<<
More in article...
Right, all the more reason to forget the XL Center for the hockey program completely and build a facility on campus that's used for all home games and all practices and is large enough to house the number of fans who'll want to come and the students on campus who'll join the fun...like nearly every hockey program in the country already does.It's not UConn job to subsidize the XL Center.
His main concern was not about a 5K seat arena, it was about the amenities like clubhouse, coaches offices, training rooms, etc to meet what other HE schools are doing that he is recruiting against. At the very least it sounds like we are finally going to get that for him.I wonder what Cavs really thinks abt this new "arena". With York seemingly at the end of his career at BC, Cavs would be a natural candidate. This does not help his retention but realistically who would pass up BC Hockey job. UCONN had a chance to be a top tier team in HEA; this doesn't help IMO
Even setting aside possible considerations at the bottom of this message, you pose a very fair and reasonable question. Along 128 in a relatively dumpy Boston 'burb, how the heck does Bentley's $45 million go so much further for a 2,000 seat arena than a projected $45 million, initial 2,500 seat arena expandable to 4,000 near downtown Storrs?Honestly, my issue is more "how can $45 million get less than Bentley got for that amount in Boston" than anything else.