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Old 03-07-2013, 10:42 AM   #16 (permalink)
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If they play basketball at Tsongas, they immediately have one of the best facilities in AE. That's the limit of my knowledge of their facilities, though, so I'd wonder if anyone knows where they plan to play?
Their attendance is only a little under 200 people a game, so I assume they play at a different gym (?)

Tsongas probably might not get into the rotation for a little bit, I'd imagine.

Great potential facility for AE Tourney though.
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I gotta think they'll take what can best be described as a "BU approach" to basketball facilities. At least for starters, the bulk of home games will be at Costello, while a handful of "big" games, or AE TV games will be played at Tsongas.
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Actually Binghamton's initial Division I recruiting class was OUTSTANDING - but it wasn't Walker, it was Randy Dunton (Walker's assistant) who was a fantastic recruiter who landed them: Nick Billings obviously (super athletic 7 footer who at one point was viewed as a legit NBA prospect), Andy Hannan was a 6'6" highly skilled wing who made a big impact as a freshman before transferring to UNLV where he played on scholarship for the rest of his career, Sebastian Hermenier (a 6'6" Brenton/Voelkel/Rowley type), JuCo transfer Anthony Green (A terrific, All-Conference point guard), JuCo Billy Williams (a 6'4" athletic man without a position and dirty work player), JuCo Brandon Carter (athletic energy wing), transfers Brett Watson (PG) and Stan Occitti (6'9" big) who won a national championship at UConn... it was a really good recruiting class for anyone, and absolutely outstanding for a team's first D1 class...

Unfortunately, Dunton left and Walker could never duplicate his recruiting.
Interestingly, both Dunton and Walker are now coaching women's basketball.
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Sorry for cross-posting, but in case anyone is interested, this is what Tsongas looks like for basketball and hockey (the only sport most Lowell fans care about).

http://evan-and-lauren-a.blogspot.co...asketball.html


http://viewfrom123.files.wordpress.c...ry_student.jpg

These are the best pictures I could find of Costello Gym. http://vanliewroy.blogspot.com/2012/...ss-lowell.html

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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What is the capacity of Costello Gym? It does look pretty small...
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Costello's capacity is 2,200.
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Costello's capacity is 2,200.
Really?!??!? It doesn't look that big at all...I'm very surprised.

What about Tsongas? I have seen a couple of hockey games in there (several years ago) and I really like the facility.
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The capacity at Tsongas varies. We just had a little over 7,000 for the Northeatstern game and 6,700 for the Merrimack game. Both were listed as sellouts. I'll bet basketball capacity would be somewhere near 8,000. Meaning unless we host Duke or Kentucky, I think we'll have plenty of room to spread out.
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49-year-old Costello Athletic Center was renovated in 2006. It looks a lot brighter than I remember it from the mid-90s.
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How can 2200 fit in that gym? It looks smaller than Pritchard.
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How can 2200 fit in that gym? It looks smaller than Pritchard.
Looks like about five fold-out rows on the side opposite the benches, and there are a few rows on the opposite baseline, but it still doesn't look like over 1800 unless there's standing room on top.
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There is no way Costello holds 2200 people. On the floor, there are five rows of foldout bleachers on one side and on one endline, with nothing on the floor behind the benches. On the second level there are about eight rows of very steep seating, which used to just be concrete, but now have plastic tops after the renovation. I'd say 1,500 tops, but probably realistically closer to 1,200. That said, I've never seen many people there for any UML game.
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Their attendance is only a little under 200 people a game, so I assume they play at a different gym (?)

Tsongas probably might not get into the rotation for a little bit, I'd imagine.

Great potential facility for AE Tourney though.
But they are currently playing at the D2 level, I would think this number doesn't say much on how many fans you would get at the d1 level. I love basketball but I have never been to a d2 game or don't think I would ever have any interest in doing so.

I would wonder how many other high level sports are in the area? and the population? I know in Bing we get a good turn out because we don't have alot of other high level sports in the area, only a AHL Hockey team. We also Market it pretty good.

Edit: and a AA baseball team.
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The Tsongas arena is a nice place to have the AE tournament down the road, however.
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Like most New England D2 schools, UML has a small contingent of ardent fans that expands a bit when they play local schools or at tournament time. Reality is, though, the facility is woefully substandard for AE plus the parking is several layers below fair. Getting to Costello isn't easy either. Herenda is well connected as the rumor of OOC games suggests and he is a better than average recruiter which puts him ahead of several AE schools. Don't sell the talent level of D2 schools short as many AE schools recruit the same 1s, 2s and 3s as UML has in the past. The D2 schools may end up with under-sized kids but many of the kids can compete just fine in the AE. Might not be stars, but could certainly fill rotation slots. The most recent bottom feeders in AE would be reasonably challenged by the top level of D2. And I know most of you will howl at that, but think hard about Bing, UMBC and UNH before you answer. Add a few ready for semi-prime time Jucos and who knows.
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