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Once Folsom NE facilities are complete: what will be the priority project?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Jun 7, 2014.

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AD Investment: What should come after Folsom NE?

  1. Folsom general enhancements

    17 vote(s)
    20.5%
  2. Folsom NW-W / Balch

    45 vote(s)
    54.2%
  3. Coors Enhancemnets

    14 vote(s)
    16.9%
  4. South Campus Development

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. New Sport(s)

    4 vote(s)
    4.8%
  6. Ski "Home Resort"

    2 vote(s)
    2.4%
  7. Other

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    There are so many things that we talk about that we'd love to see happen with CU athletics into the future.

    But let's look a year and a half into the future.

    Dal Ward will have been expanded with a new Indoor Practice Facility (doubling as Indoor T&F facility), expanded weight room, meeting rooms, locker room, coaches offices, player and recruit lounges, additional premium seating, enhanced stadium vending in that area, an on-campus team store, a world class athletic training and rehabilitation center, enclosure of the NE corner, additional parking, and probably some other things I've forgotten to mention. Rick George also said something about fixing the sound system in Folsom for this year after the inadequacies he saw during the Spring Game when he was making announcements.

    So what's next?

    Should it be general stadium enhancements to Folsom bathrooms, concessions, vending, corridor televisions, stadium classrooms, chair back seating in some areas, etc?

    Maybe we should jump right into the Folsom NW Facility project phase of the facilities plan that would see a re-purposing and renovation of Balch, expansion and enhancement of West Club & Box seating, enclosure of the NW Corner, remodeled and upgraded press box, etc.?

    Or maybe facilities should next focus on Coors to maximize the revenue and keep momentum going for our basketball programs with installation of chair back seats to all sections and construction of an outer ring that would move bathrooms and additional concessions/vending to the outside of the building and free up room for increased seating capacity and some Club or Loge sections?

    Possibly, we should look at the East Campus expansion, acknowledge that that area of CU will be purely academic and research buildings, and that fields need to all be relocated to the South Campus, with a development of the South Campus as a multi-sport complex that houses Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis (with an indoor complex to avoid the ongoing handcuff of Millennium court rentals), Cross Country and Outdoor T&F?

    Is there potential to do what was done for our Golf programs in recent years with a home course that has training and practice facilities along with CU branding and opportunities for booster events... and find a way to implement the same model for the CU Ski team with a home resort and mountain that can also be used for booster events?

    Maybe it's time to add a new sport, such as Sand Volleyball to better position the WVB program for recruiting and general success in the Pac-12... or Men's Tennis to add back one of our lost sports that carries a lower price tag and helps support more Pac-12 conference participation... or Men's Lacross to get a jump on LAX in the western USA and become a leader in that sport... or maybe something else that would enhance CU's athletic profile and fan/student interest?

    Or is it something else you have your eye on?
     
  2. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    1. Balch and the West Side
    2. CEC seating
    3. Folsom renovation


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  3. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    While I would love to see the press box, Balch, completely renovated next I think CU really needs to spend money on general improvements to the stadium starting with the bathrooms. The bathrooms are simply disgusting on their best day.
     
  4. OUBuff

    OUBuff American Club Member

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    Just to be clear, by coors enhancements you are talking 1 pint versus 12 oz. Right.
     
  5. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    I love Folsom, but it is getting dumpy inside. Needs an overhaul in a bad way
     
  6. rosstr

    rosstr Well-Known Member

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    Don't neglect basketball like football post 1990. Keep supporting your breadwinner program. CEC improvements stat
     
  7. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Football is still the breadwinner for the AD. BBall has received plenty of attention, but doesn't have the financial upside of football. There is lots of low-hanging fruit at Folsom... bleachers, sound system, bathrooms.
     
  8. patebuff

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    New. Speakers.
     
  9. Creebuzz

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    I have no idea what ski home resort is. Therefore, I voted for it.
     
  10. J.R. Ewing

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    Men's Lax & Women's Rowing. Do it.
     
  11. DexBuffsteen

    DexBuffsteen Well-Known Member

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    Don't touch the troughs. Literally and figuratively.
     
  12. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    Basketball. They've actually earned it. More football improvements has to be low on the priority list with $150 million already dedicated there
     
  13. sackman

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    Balch/Carlson. So much potential there. They could tie the rec center into the stadium via a complementary facility in the NW corner to give the stadium a more symmetrical look. I'd like to see a second level added to the West side. Ideally, the capacity of Folsom should top out at somewhere between 65,000 and 70,000, but we need to get to the point where there's demand for additional seats, first.

    I would prefer to concentrate on Folsom, and really get that up to speed before any new major renovations at CEC are undertaken.
     
  14. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Except that football produces a whole helluva lot more revenue (potentially) than basketball


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  15. BuffSurveyor

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    Folsom NW-W has to be the next move. Folsom on the whole is substandard and really needs an update, but the NW-W area should be next.
     
  16. SBG

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    Bathrooms.

    Then the south system.

    Then chair backs.
     
  17. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    No way? I imagine the AD wants to pay off some of that $100 million debt before investing in football again. I think we're at least a decade away there... and CU can't afford to ignore basketball/Tad for that long. Therefore basketball/CEC improvements will come first, imo
     
  18. TimmyDUBs

    TimmyDUBs Dirty haole Club Member

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    I hope we bank or spend 5-10 million each year with updates and improvements
     
  19. Hugegroove

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    Flatscreen TV's, Bathrooms, painting, sound system & better food concessions.
     
  20. Goose

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    A gigantic statue of Tad.
     
  21. MiamiBuffs

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    To build a giant retractable dome over the entire campus. Oh, and the berlin wall to keep the students and boulderites away from each other. After that we will offer a clown degree.
     
  22. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    You're not wrong in saying that basketball can't be neglected, but RG needs to maximize the revenue generated by football and doing the W side will help a lot in that.


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  23. Shldr2Shldr

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    With a relatively cheap update to folsom I think you could satisfy alot of people and bring the stadium back up to standard. To take it next level, you are going to need to do the whole west side.

    I see them doing a cosmetic update of Folsom soon after the new facility is finished. New Paint, new exposed metal (railings, signs, etc), new sound system, hopefully a full stadium bathroom update. Maybe they start the process of adding some chair backs by starting with premium seats between the 40's or 35's on both sides.

    Then they will move to CEC. I think we see an increase in ticket prices for basketball in the near future to bring it up to par with what the product deserves. Then I think they add the outer ring to increase the concourse footprint, they will continue to improve seating, and during the construction of the new footprint, they will find a way to build boxes in the arena. I hope we get an upgrade to the lighting system, and they put in a black ceiling to really trap in the noise and increase the fear factor of Coors.

    As much as I want South Campus to happen and become a sports hub, CU has to first find a way to secure water rights from the city. Boulder seems pretty adamant about protecting that open land, regardless of the impact that weekly, if not daily spectator sports would have on local businesses near table mesa.
     
  24. sackman

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    The cost of my tickets has doubled in three years.
     
  25. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Bathrooms and sounds in both Coors and Folsom at the same time.
     
  26. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    this is already on the way
     
  27. sackman

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    Upgrades to the restrooms at the CEC should be pretty easy to pull off, I would think. Eventually, I expect they'd like to expand the concourse level out another 20-30 feet, and put the restrooms on the outside, as opposed to the inside, of the concourse.
     
  28. Shldr2Shldr

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    I would expect them to keep increasing. As long as the demand to see the product continues to increase then so will the prices. At prices per game of still under $40 for premium court side seating (based on 18 game home schedule), basketball at CU is still a hell of a deal.

    For example similar seats at our conference foes:

    UofA: $125/game
    UCLA: $199/game (too high, explains why it is almost always empty)
    UW: Have not released ticket prices yet, but the donation at those seats is $1200 alone which is $67/game
    Oregon: $39/game
    Cal: $39/game
    Utah: $100/game

    I would expect a restructure of the seating tiers and that the lower half of the bowl on the sidelines will jump up to roughly $100/game much sooner than later.
     
  29. Buffskier

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    Freshman year - completely hammered - had a hall-mate on the opposite side of a trough. I put my hands up "no hands!!!" No clue if I was actually hitting the trough or not.

    Those things are gross. However... Balch needs to be first. That is such a wasted space at the moment and it could be so gorgeous inside and out. Would be nice to get both of our additions and renovations done prior to CSU even breaking ground on their new "stadium".
     
  30. sackman

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    Any renovations to Balch need to include renovations to Carlson, IMO. Don't leave Carlson out of the equation. That's valuable space.

    Imagine this as the western entrance to the stadium complex:


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