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I used to love the Coors Event Center

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by OUBuff, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. OUBuff

    OUBuff American Club Member

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    I remember when they were building the CEC... what a great change from the field house. It has been 20+ years since I have attended a basketball game in Boulder, but from the televised games, it doesn't look like much has changed.

    I attended the Old Dominion women's game on Thursday night. What a nice arena. I know that there have been many improvements in design in 23 years, but I still couldn't help but think if little ole ODU had a place like this, just think what the big time programs have and what CU doesn't. How can CU compete on that front? Hard to beat that background in Boulder though.
    Old Dominion University
    Enrollment: 24,125
    Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
    Arena: Ted Constant Convocation Center, Built: 2002, Seats: 9,520 (but every seat has seatbacks w/ cup holders and don't forget the Luxury Boxes and "Big Blue Club" Room. Honestly, I would have never thought there were less seats here than in Boulder until I looked up the numbers.
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    University of Colorado
    Enrollment: 29,709
    Conference: Big Twelve
    Arena: Coors Events Center, Built: 1979, Seats: 11,064
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  2. DixonU

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    Thanks for the post. Next time I care about ODU, it will be the first time.
     
  3. OUBuff

    OUBuff American Club Member

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    Huh?
     
  4. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    Interesting comparison. From the inside it looks pretty comparable except for the luxury boxes. Just an endless walkway at CEC surrounding the upper seats. I guess there isn't much demand for those here? I know ODU is fairly serious about basketball, especially on the women's side. To dream...
     
  5. OKCBuff

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    I love the design of the buildings on campus, but CEC looks like a bomb shelter or missile silo or something from the outside.
     
  6. DBT

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    I wonder what effect the new practice facility will have on the look. The CEC was built at a wierd time in the history of architecture. It does not fit in with the campus at all. There was a period when that was the philosophy. I'm not even sure when CEC was built. But there are a lot of decision makers in the process of constructing new buildings around "historic" ones. I think CEC might have been a victim of that. Maybe a State Historic Preservation Officer would not allow it to match the historic architecture on campus. That sure seems to have changed lately. The new buildings are really melding into the historic.
     
  7. SkiTownUSA

    SkiTownUSA Administrator Club Member Junta Member

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    Nothing beats the Foam Dome. :lol: The CEC is a little out dated.
     
  8. Mick Ronson

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    kinda. the new addition to the B school is a silly mixture of Georgian architecture with the CU Tuscan style. the domed roof is not consistent with the campus or the "Tuscan Vernacular" that Charles Klauder used for the main campus/Norlin Quad area. the new law school looks doesn't look right, either. it looks like a spiffy enormous motor hotel. the best newish architecture on the campus is the Folsom addition....and maybe we'll see how the new Visual Arts Center turns out.

    as far basketball arena aesthetics, Rupp Arena and Allen FH are hardly the Cathedral at Chartres.
     
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  9. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Cu should model the CEC after the pit... It's already basically the same thing since it was built into the hill. Would be loud as ****.

    http://www.virtualalbuquerque.com/VirtualABQ/ThePit/

    Anyone got a good name idea? "The Buffalo den", The "cave". dunno.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. BeBe

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    I read something just recently that said that, when the CECC was built, it WAS modeled after the Pit. Can't remember where tho, so no link.
     
  11. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    The piit sure looks like the CEC with the awful scaffolding covered up...
     
  12. tante

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    We can call it the tomb since that place is dead for most games.
     
  13. Mick Ronson

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    Pit looks to have about 10 extra rows up to the concourse than the CEC.....and no central scoreboard? it IS however good that the CEC has seating that is rectangular around the floor (like the Pit and the new gym at UVA)....many of the cookie cutter late 70's multi-purpose arenas of the same era are circular around the playing floor and have seats way away from the floor (Llloyd Noble Center, Purdue's Mackey Arena, whatever Illinois' gym is called).
     
  14. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    that's a pretty douchey thing to say. And false if you've been to recent games.
     
  15. Idot Buff

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    My fondest memory of CEC is taking my Econ 101 final in the arena, along with 300 of my closest friends, half of whom were cheating....
     
  16. aik

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    Let's amend it to "dead and emptying out in the second half against every team but Kansas."
     
  17. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    and kansas state ****er. and oklahoma wed.
     
  18. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    hey I have been to more games than I can remember that had around 1k there. Since you don't like the tomb, how about "buy $5 GA tickets for OOC games and sit courtside event center"
     
  19. Darth Snow

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    still douchey
     
  20. MSBuff

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    Actually it is a converted Missile silo. Just wait until they need to put the missile to use. There will be some surprised folks when the missile comes through the floor on its way to the target.:smile2:
     
  21. tante

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    fine how about "other teams fans are louder than our fans event center"
     
  22. sackman

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    The CEC was built in 1979, BTW. I agree that it could definitely use a face-lift.
     
  23. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Damn. With fans like you, I can't imagine why that was the case when you were there.
     
  24. tante

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    what do you mean when I was there, I have been to 90% of home games the last 10 years.
     
  25. BuffAlum2007

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    K-State's Bramlage Coliseum, which opened in 1988, is basically a larger version of the CECC...
     
  26. CarolinaBuff

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    Yea I read that too but damm if I can remember where. I just looked all over the DP and DC but couldn't find it. :huh:

    I think it was a link in another thread on this board.
     
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  27. Junction

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    And the Big XII officials will call a foul on the buffs for getting hit by it on the way out.... :huh:
     
  28. CarolinaBuff

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    Only if they're playing KU.
     
  29. OKCBuff

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    Is CEC being run by this?

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    If so we must remain vigilant! It could go berserk at any time! :wow::smile2:
     
  30. Bisonic

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    One thing they might really consider putting toward the top of the list is getting some LIGHTS around the CEC on game night. It's hard to know when a game is on, for students who might drop in. It's hard for people to SEE as they're walking up to the place, and there's just no excitement. Shine big lights on the place 2 hours before game time - men, women, and volleyball, of course - and make it very visible from 36. Hell, add an always-on billboard for commuters to see who's coming to town. Otherwise the outside is fine with me. (Except that they suck at selling cash tickets, but that's logistics, nothing to do with a facelift.)

    On the inside, the top 2 items on my list would be much better scoreboards and seat-backs. I can't think of anything else it needs badly, other than the practice facilities. Maybe better accommodations for cameras & media?
     

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