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Old 05-12-2014, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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$85 Million Dollar Arena to Open at UMBC in 2017-18

No idea how the UMBC'ers missed this...CONGRATS. WOW!

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/mar...,1902497.story
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It would be a great place to host the 2018 America East men's basketball championship.
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UMBC to the CAA in 2017-18?
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UMBC to the CAA in 2017-18?
This seems more like keeping up with the Joneses in the AE. Maine, the SUNYs, Lowell (when they play at Tsongas), UNH (if at the Whitt) are already where this arena takes UMBC.

Vermont continues to be an embarrassment.
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This seems more like keeping up with the Joneses in the AE. Maine, the SUNYs, Lowell (when they play at Tsongas), UNH (if at the Whitt) are already where this arena takes UMBC.

Vermont continues to be an embarrassment.
I would take actually winning games over having a nice arena...
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Re: $85 Million Dollar Arena to Open at UMBC in 2017-18

We have a picture on our website of the new arena. I think there's a link to donate via PayPal or something


Hey, it's a start. Not much of one- but a start.
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I would take actually winning games over having a nice arena...
So you are saying that the reason Vermont wins basketball games is because they have a lousy gym? I would think you mixing apples and oranges here. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. Just a way to deflect from the fact that Vermont has the most embarrassing home court in college basketball.
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So you are saying that the reason Vermont wins basketball games is because they have a lousy gym? I would think you mixing apples and oranges here. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. Just a way to deflect from the fact that Vermont has the most embarrassing home court in college basketball.
CCD said that UVM is an embarrassment. If I had to choose between winning basketball games, or having a nice arena, I think the answer is pretty obvious.

I would say it's much more embarrassing to have a huge, very expensive arena which is half empty and your team losing.
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Re: $85 Million Dollar Arena to Open at UMBC in 2017-18

Just trying to keep pace with the other local smaller D-I schools in the greater Baltimore area...Towson & Loyola.

This will be a very nice facility...and needed.

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How is the state of Maryland so flush with money for athletic facilities at its state schools? An 85 million dollar venue at UMBC in the works. Towson opened up the state of the art 62 million dollar SECU/Tiger Arena last year. The 125 million dollar Comcast Center opened up at Maryland in 2002. That equates to 272 million dollars in just 15 years.

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How is the state of Maryland so flush with money for athletic facilities at its state schools? An 85 million dollar venue at UMBC in the works. Towson opened up the state of the art 62 million dollar SECU/Tiger Arena last year. The 125 million dollar Comcast Center opened up at Maryland in 2002. That equates to 272 million dollars in just 15 years.
MD didn't give all its money to Curt Schilling to make video games?

I know all the free spending by Towson has not been without a lot of controversy, and a reason why their AD bailed.
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How is the state of Maryland so flush with money for athletic facilities at its state schools? An 85 million dollar venue at UMBC in the works. Towson opened up the state of the art 62 million dollar SECU/Tiger Arena last year. The 125 million dollar Comcast Center opened up at Maryland in 2002. That equates to 272 million dollars in just 15 years.
And at the same time the University of Maryland is a complete mess financially, thus ripe for the picking for the rich Big Ten.
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MD didn't give all its money to Curt Schilling to make video games?

I know all the free spending by Towson has not been without a lot of controversy, and a reason why their AD bailed.
Its not just Rhode Island. It appears to me that it is pretty much the same in VT, NH, and ME. Our corner of the nation is a lot different.

You are correct about RI. The state does not help matters when the precious little money it has is bet on a high risk video gaming company run by a jock that politicians line up to slobber over.

URI was lucky to get the money for the Ryan Center over ten years ago. It took a combination of an Elite-8 run in 1998, an alumnus governor, and threats from the alumnus CEO of CVS to get that deal done. Of the 54 million dollars spent of the facility, URI was responsible for 2/3 of it. 1/3 was via fundraising and naming rights, 1/3 was fronted by state bonds which must be repaid from URI via student fees, and 1/3 was paid for by the state.

URI has tried to get money for improvements for dilapidated Meade Stadium. The politicians mandated that it would have to be approved by voters which it wasn't and the facility remains pretty substandard. RI was then somehow able to come up with nearly 100 million dollars to have the RI Convention Center (RICC) Authority purchase and renovate the Dunkin Donuts Center to the great benefit of private Providence College and the Providence Bruins. The fact that the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the RICC Authority were prominent PC figures and several key legislators were PC fans factoring into this project quickly sailing through the legislature with not voter approval required. Monies was also easily found for later substantial cost overruns. It was never required that the DDC be forced to pay the full cost of the purchase and renovation which requires the state of RI to earmark millions each year to help repay the bonds since revenues are not enough.
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Its not just Rhode Island. It appears to me that it is pretty much the same in VT, NH, and ME. Our corner of the nation is a lot different.

You are correct about RI. The state does not help matters when the precious little money it has is bet on a high risk video gaming company run by a jock that politicians line up to slobber over.

URI was lucky to get the money for the Ryan Center over ten years ago. It took a combination of an Elite-8 run in 1998, an alumnus governor, and threats from the alumnus CEO of CVS to get that deal done. Of the 54 million dollars spent of the facility, URI was responsible for 2/3 of it. 1/3 was via fundraising and naming rights, 1/3 was fronted by state bonds which must be repaid from URI via student fees, and 1/3 was paid for by the state.

URI has tried to get money for improvements for dilapidated Meade Stadium. The politicians mandated that it would have to be approved by voters which it wasn't and the facility remains pretty substandard. RI was then somehow able to come up with nearly 100 million dollars to have the RI Convention Center (RICC) Authority purchase and renovate the Dunkin Donuts Center to the great benefit of private Providence College and the Providence Bruins. The fact that the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the RICC Authority were prominent PC figures and several key legislators were PC fans factoring into this project quickly sailing through the legislature with not voter approval required. Monies was also easily found for later substantial cost overruns. It was never required that the DDC be forced to pay the full cost of the purchase and renovation which requires the state of RI to earmark millions each year to help repay the bonds since revenues are not enough.
It's pretty transparent why Vermont doesn't have an arena yet, there's simply no money available for these kinds of projects. The state of Vermont gives UVM no money because the state itself has no money to give. Vermont students pay 35K to attend UVM. Florida residents pay 6K to attend University of Florida. That's just crazy. The state...is poor.

UVM will get this project done, but talk about lucky, and those spearheading it have the toughest job in the state.

It's going to take a combination of private/public financing to build the Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Arena
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