Following is a collection of tweets from Jeremy Hoeck: From athletic director David Sayler: 1) USD will present 2 projects to Regents next week, arena/track & soccer and health lab connector, 2) USD needs $12 million (for a variety of avenues) in the next 6-8 months; 3) arena project is $48M... 4) USD wants flexibility from BOR to do projects in phases, "build as we go." SDSU has a similar desire 5) Next step after BOR would be state legislature in January; 6) "significant interest" in track/soccer
It is looking like the project has a good chance to come together even sooner than some optimists (me included) thought. The attached article includes the details, but I really like the strategy David Sayler and Jim Abbott are proposing.
According to a tweet from Jeremy Hoeck (the P&D), the Board of Regents approved the facility plan today. Next step is the legislature in January. With an 'okey dokey' from the legislators, and just $12 million more in cash or pledges, we will soon be seeing spades in the ground.
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2012 20:27:11 GMT -6 by azsod73
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Not going to renovate the Dome yet use the football program (making it play home games in Sioux Falls) as a pawn to get donations from Sanford. Nice.
Guess we've really reached the big time now, building the athletic department on the back of the football program.
Of course by not renovating the Dome and putting permanent seating on the west side they can now justify moving the SDSU game to Sioux Falls by just saying the Dome doesn't have the capacity. Self fulfilling prophecy, for sure.
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Post by redwhiteandyote on Oct 24, 2012 12:32:18 GMT -6
that story is a little misleading. Dome renovations, specifically to add football seating on the west end, are on the back-burner. Arena and soccer & track deals are first priority. Dome will eventually get renovated, but you need to have the arena ready first so you can move everyone over.
Post by Cousin Eddie on Oct 25, 2012 8:40:29 GMT -6
This has always been the plan. Don't overreact. The Priority has always been Basketball, soccer, track then the Dome, when ready. You can't do anything to the Dome until the Basketball Arena is done. You have to be able to move Volleyball and the old bball practice court to the new facility, move offices, etc.
Also, in order to get the foregoing done, you have to push it through the regents. If you want to do it all in one proposal, then you would have to raise significantly more money up front. You do it in stages.
I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself.
The Dome has always been the final stage in all the athletic dept facility improvements. But significant improvements to the Dome have taken place over the past 2 years with new permanent seating and new turf. In the interim I wonder if it would be beneficial to replace the old bleachers with some new bleachers and if there are any short-term fixes to increase seating capacity?
Not sure if I am reading, or interpreting, this correctly but as I understand it, the $48 million mentioned in the following article would be for the arena and T & F. A figure of $58M has been used before but that included $10M for the "connector" building for sports medicine, kinesiology etc., and that funding comes from traditional educational building sources.
The bigger question is with the foundation guaranteeing $24M ($14M currently pledged and $10 to be raised) is the money in place to start building next year?
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