Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Mick Ronson, Jan 13, 2010.
One of my biggest hopes is that Bzdelik can pull off a Lute Olsen style "Miracle in the Rockies" and build our MBB program to the point where we are able to afford stuff like that.
We really need the lighting upgrades in CEC that were promised... and we desperately need to get the practice facility built. People harp on coaching changes and buyouts, but an investment in facilities (basketball/volleyball practice, CEC upgrades, Dal Ward upgrades, Balch renovation, permanent indoor football practice facility, Folsom upgrades, etc.) will do a hell of a lot more for the success of our programs.
Mike Bohn told us (the combined spirit groups) last year in OKC that major upgrades to Coors (real video board and ribbon board) would be in by the start of the season. He later pushed that back to the start of conference play. I don't know what the deal is now but something isn't going according to plan. My guess is that it's a $ issue. If this isn't happening because they are trying to save money for the practice facility though, I would understand that. Also, from what he told us, he'd like to do what is pictured above. The only question was whether or not the building would be able to handle it from a structural standpoint.
i would prioritize the practice facility first. but, the torches and stuff are only "on" for about 1 minute total per game. i also have a secret theory desire that the lack of a center mount scoreboard makes a new gym more possible. but, like i say in another thread, the CEC is not so bad (except it looks like a bunker from the outside and parking/access to 36 seemed to have been a weird joke the designers played on the rest of us.
the other thing, for anyone who watched OOC games for Missouri (at their new arena) and OU and OSU.....they were half full at best. now conference play starts and attendance gets a boost. but, with games on TV, people don't want to drive an hour either way on a worknight in mid-game weeks when they can sit at home and get a new Domino's.
if i were building a new arena, i'd cap it at about 7,500 and push good sightlines and put my peeps right on the court.
what we've got is a multi-purpose arena built to see arena-rock bands like Boston and Aerosmith from a different era of music fandom and live music consumption. and host basketball games, too.
now, i also think it's weird that CU doesn't host more events at Folsom or the CEC. basically, you have these facilities that eat up campus space that are used maybe 30 days out of the year total.
I emailed Dave Plati about the scoreboards yesterday, and what he wrote back was that the video boards and ribbon boards are the next indoor project that they have planned, and that they should be up within the next two seasons, but this is all contingent on the practice facility being on schedule...
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