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Auburn wants to build a new basket ball arena and the funds are trickling in. We were wondering what the hold up was on our dome. It makes me wonder if an old, established major college is having trouble finding funds, where is FAU's coming from?

Look at their costs. $60-70 million for a 9000 seat arena? That is not too much less than the dome proposal (just the dome, no dorms, hospital, retail shops, museums, etc).

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Troy is going to build a new hoops arena, too. It's next, after the baseball stadium revamp.

That's two arenas in two small Alabama towns about 1 1/2 hour apart. Montgomery and Dothan also have arenas.

Troy will probably build something like what they have at MTSU - nice but not huge (4,000-5,000).


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FAU wants a dome so they can have one graduation. Everyone on this board seems to forget that.
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I kinda wonder where FAU's funds for this dome project are going to come from myself. I don't really see Florida Atlantic as having the size or fan base to pull through on funding. Even the sun dome at usf is only 11,000 seats but it's pretty expensive to maintain and it's turning into a real headache as far as expansion is concerned. The structure is getting to be 25 years old and it needs an overhaul which is proving to be difficult.
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USF has only basketball in the dome w/o football. Outside venues help support the building also.

The concept behind the FAU Dome's thinking is having the two major sports sharing the venue. Basketball and Football. Other rentals will help provide the upkeep.

Increasing the fan base and fund raising is another issue.
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Next on the list in the University of Minnesota.
The state just approved funding half the cost of $248 mil for an open air stadium in exchange for 2400 acres of property the university owns. The stadium will seat 50k and be expandable to 80k.

$248 million?

Moroney is going for the draft and is not returning to UM for his senior year.

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