- Feb 4, 2012
I think it's time for UConn to stop subsidizing the XL Center and have all basketball games on campus.
A. If they start winning big again it won’t matter if they play in Nutly N J. People will get there
UConn subsidizing CDRA for a $1/4M, but only if all other events make money is a ridiculous provision. Either increase the rent, or operate as if that provision doesn't exist. As is, CDRA is perpetuating a Welfare stereotype.This is a ridiculous angle. UConn is a customer of Rentschler Field. UConn is not in control of Rentschler Field's finances.
Because of that, this is not a UConn football problem. UConn gets enough flack for their athletic department performance, they shouldn't get flack for an area they don't control, nor are they responsible for. They are merely a tenant and have no control or financial stake in any other events house at Rentschler Field. The state built the field, it is the state that runs it independent of UConn.
It is a huge problem and one really that the basketball groupies both inside and outside the Athletic Department have a hand in. When the football upgrade was first being considered there were folks within the AD actively lobbying against it. Still are. It is unreal. Geno actually cultivated his own fan base largely because some tried to undermine his program too. Until he won title after title. I’ve heard there is some of the same nonsense going on around the hockey program now too and went into the decision to build a small on campus arena. We wouldn’t want those pesky hockey fans showing up and taking parking from basketball fans on a Saturday after all.
It is something I've never seen or heard of at any other major university. Does anyone know of a school where fans refer to themselves as basketball or football fans and not (Insert School name) fans? I fight this all the time with my friends who grew up here and are die hard bball fans. They support the football program but hated it from the second it left us in the AAC and was over the moon when it may have gone away or did whatever to get the bball team back to the Big East. Unreal.