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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:54 am 
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ESPN article reporting that Big 12 still is apparently interviewing about a dozen schools which includes MWC members.ESPN must be using different anonymous sources?Link at http://www.espn.com/college-football/st ... 12-schools


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Article in Salt Lake Trib with comments from MWC Commish regarding league realignment at http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4311746-15 ... pansion-is


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Article out of Casper with comments from MWC Commish who says that he does not expect the Big 12 to take any of his conference schools tomorrow.Link at http://trib.com/sports/college/wyoming/ ... 622d3.html


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MWC blog article discussing WSU/AAC reports and whether WSU would be a fit for the MWC at http://www.mwcconnection.com/2016/12/17 ... ll-program


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MWC blog article discussing reported previous WSU interest in joining the MWC and now the AAC at http://www.mwcconnection.com/2017/3/4/1 ... ntain-west


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CSNBBS MB thread discussing San Diego State FB stadium situation at http://csnbbs.com/thread-811732.html


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:37 am 
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I guess "the Murph" is being demolished, since the Chargers are moving to LA ?

Why do they need to demo it ?

San Diego U Tereros (a small, but D-1 non-scholly Pioneer league team must play SOMEWHERE. I can't imagine that it has much of a seating capacity though.

Petco Park (where Padres play baseball) may have issues. I'm sure the Padres don't want their field torn up. The mound and goal posts would have to come and go if they switch back and forth during September. And SOME baseball fields can barely accommodate a football field. Which is 160 feet wide and 360 feet long. A few years ago, Notre Dame played Northwestern (?) at Wrigley Field, and the brick outfield wall was RIGHT behind the end line. The coaches and refs thought it was REALLY unsafe, so every time an offense was threatening to score, the ball had to be moved to the other end of the field, where they didn't have this hazard.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:51 am 
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MWC blog article discussing possible future MWC expansion and the WSU and GCU situations at http://www.mwcconnection.com/2017/4/8/1 ... and-canyon


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:46 pm 
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That sounds like advocacy for GCU
rather than a serious development.
It would be a big change for
the MWC to go hybrid, and pick
an unusual, not well proven for
profit school, largely based on
location.

Giving Northern Arizona
incentives could be a consideration
if a building job is in order to expand.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:57 pm 
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tute79 wrote:
I guess "the Murph" is being demolished, since the Chargers are moving to LA ?

Why do they need to demo it ?

San Diego U Tereros (a small, but D-1 non-scholly Pioneer league team must play SOMEWHERE. I can't imagine that it has much of a seating capacity though.

Petco Park (where Padres play baseball) may have issues. I'm sure the Padres don't want their field torn up. The mound and goal posts would have to come and go if they switch back and forth during September. And SOME baseball fields can barely accommodate a football field. Which is 160 feet wide and 360 feet long. A few years ago, Notre Dame played Northwestern (?) at Wrigley Field, and the brick outfield wall was RIGHT behind the end line. The coaches and refs thought it was REALLY unsafe, so every time an offense was threatening to score, the ball had to be moved to the other end of the field, where they didn't have this hazard.


San Diego State doesn't need 60,000 seats. Major League Soccer doesn't need that many. More to the point, they need luxury suites; that's how old the Murph is.

Not to mention the Murph was kind of built as a baseball/football hybrid. Even soccer looks a little small in that stadium. The field level at the Murph is frankly not intimate... oversized. Nothing at all like Wrigley.

So the structural alignment has to change and suites have to be included. The maximum proposed capacity, at this point: 30,000 seats. It might end up as small as 20,000 (if proposed MLS San Diego doesn't really feel like they can "compete" with Tijuana FC across the border). Cheaper to rebuild than to modify.


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So the Chargers are moving to LA and will vacate the place.
SDSU needs a home for FB.
The Murph is rather old, somewhat dumpy, and far larger than what SDSU requires - I get that.
What is the pressing need to demolish it ???

Until SDSU or somebody comes up with the money for a lovely on-campus stadium,
why can't the Murph remain, and SDSU continues to play in a stadium with too many seats ?

U.S. Cities seem so enamored with spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build and demolish stadiums.
It all seems so unnecessary.

Shift the Murph into it's football configuration, add more Aztec decor, and sell tickets in the lower bowl as close to the 50-yard line as possible.
Leave the end zones and the upper deck cordoned off.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:33 pm 
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tute79 wrote:
So the Chargers are moving to LA and will vacate the place.
SDSU needs a home for FB.
The Murph is rather old, somewhat dumpy, and far larger than what SDSU requires - I get that.
What is the pressing need to demolish it ???

Until SDSU or somebody comes up with the money for a lovely on-campus stadium,
why can't the Murph remain, and SDSU continues to play in a stadium with too many seats ?

U.S. Cities seem so enamored with spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build and demolish stadiums.
It all seems so unnecessary.

Shift the Murph into it's football configuration, add more Aztec decor, and sell tickets in the lower bowl as close to the 50-yard line as possible.
Leave the end zones and the upper deck cordoned off.


The. Money. Is. In. Season. Tickets.

Especially at colleges, where you can generate the required donations easier by not having an excess 30,000 seats that make people think "I'll just show up once, thank you."


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:00 am 
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I get that you don't want to play in a cavernous stadium, that has so many extra empty seats that it makes the event seem unpopular.

It's great if you can get somebody else (the local government) to pay for your "right size" stadium.

But in an era when most P5 athletics departments are not running in the black, it's likely a certainty that SDSU of the MWC is in the red or only marginally profitable.

FBS football in the MWC (without a big TV contract) is not going to be a huge profit center. Let's assume they get to keep the equivalent gate of 6 home games X 30,000 seats. Maybe $5 million / year - costs of the coaching staff and all the other ancillary costs.

A new 30,000 seat stadium (open air, no roof) is going to run well north of $100,000,000. Especially with property values in CA. How can the school justify that ?
They can't... they need to line up some rich sugar daddies.... the kind you are more likely to find at a Top 20 P5 school.

Think about USC and UCLA - far more well-heeled alumni than San Diego State. They play in a dumpy Olympic Stadium built in 1932 (where the seats in one end zone a re a mile from the field, due to running track), and over-sized rose Bowl out in Pasadena.

Make do with what's available. that makes rational fiscal sense for a sport with only 6 home games per year.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:25 am 
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Article out of Reno regarding MWC Commish and past league realignment and future situation at http://www.rgj.com/story/sports/2017/08 ... 104701664/


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