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 Post subject: New Arenas
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:48 pm 
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Yes, that's it I believe. Besides the River Otters they have some skating championships and only 1 concert scheduled, INXS in February.

The Keil Center is probably getting used more or pretty much serves the market, and multiple other concert venues as well.


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 Post subject: New Arenas
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:42 pm 
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Head-scratcher of the decade to date... why have I seen this thread and not mentioned the current issues at University of Oregon.

MacArthur Court, the original "Pit," was built in 1926, expanded twice, recently downsized in a renovation, and is slated to be replaced.

Residents on the south side of campus (where the arena presently resides) objected to building the new complex next to the old one, so this plan was scrapped. A city proposal to locate the arena off campus and almost downtown has not been looked upon favorably by the university.

The university bought the Williams Bread site on the north side of campus, and apparently are still trying to secure funding for the rest of the project. Current indications are for an arena that seats somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000, with an alignment similar to the current Mac Court alignment.

There is some consternation that fundraising seems to have stalled. There are some alums who believe Mac Court has significant historic status, and there are other alums who aren't happy with Ernie Kent's current performance as head coach. Still, I'm told to wait for some spring announcement regarding plans and maybe groundbreaking.


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Speaking of colleges getting a new home, Missouri State announced plans for a new arena.
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/13841221.htm

MVC is getting some top notch facilities with Creighton, Wichita St, Bradley and now Missouri State.


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University of Missouri and Tulsa (City/University) have recently opened arenas as well. Tulsa's is an 18k event center, I believe, and is part of their overall downtown revitalization scheme.


The city of Tulsa is building a new downtown arena, in the neighborhood of 18,000 seats. The University of Tulsa built a new facility in the 1990's, the Reynolds Center. It holds around 8,000.

I do not expect them to move all of their games downtown, but they very well may play a major opponent there from time to time. This new arena also makes Tulsa a player for NCAA regionals and Big XII tournaments, similar to OKC.

They do not quite have the market size for a major league franchise, however. Oklahoma City is borderline in that regard (would be the smallest TV market in the NBA, right behind Memphis), but is doing well as temporary host of the Hornets.


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