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    Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

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    Rupp Arena as we know it will soon be gone. In a short year from now, the upper level will see a major renovation with chair-back seating throughout the two sideline sides, and there will be four brand new club areas for those fans interested in adding a little more luxury to their game day experience.

    It is a major makeover of college basketball’s greatest arena and you can learn everything there is to know about the project by reading this thorough rundown of what’s to come.
    Suspect something similar will happen with Coleman when the time finally comes.
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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    They have introduced more "luxury" it to BDS with the field suites.I would not be surprised to see it in Coleman. I guess the only positive there is that Coleman is rarely close to capacity based on the game feed. It's getting to the point that only the wealthy can afford to attend games. Seating capacity for Rupp is 23,500. Average attendance this this year was 21,875. The renovation is for the luxury which means that your diehard "average" fan can not afford seating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratal View Post
    They have introduced more "luxury" it to BDS with the field suites.I would not be surprised to see it in Coleman. I guess the only positive there is that Coleman is rarely close to capacity based on the game feed. It's getting to the point that only the wealthy can afford to attend games. Seating capacity for Rupp is 23,500. Average attendance this this year was 21,875. The renovation is for the luxury which means that your diehard "average" fan can not afford seating.
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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    I'm just not a fan of renovating Coleman unless they can change the seating configuration/sight lines. It will take a total gut of the inside, which basically means total demolition of concrete seating arrangement. I just don't know if such is cost effective or really even possible.

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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaMoon View Post
    I'm just not a fan of renovating Coleman unless they can change the seating configuration/sight lines. It will take a total gut of the inside, which basically means total demolition of concrete seating arrangement. I just don't know if such is cost effective or really even possible.
    The last time Byrne talked about it, he said the early returns pointed to a total gut being cheaper than a new building.

    My guess is we won’t hear much for awhile. They won’t do anything until after this upcoming season, so there’s no real reason to extensively talk about it.


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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    I've been to Rupp a couple of times -- sat in the nosebleed section. Wouldn't do it again...needs downsizing with HDTV and every game broadcast. Cameron Indoor and the Dean Dome are much better venues -- albeit totally different.
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    "I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
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    "I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    We need to get a handle on this - as a show of support for Johnson, if nothing else.

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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonProf View Post
    We need to get a handle on this - as a show of support for Johnson, if nothing else.
    Kind of get the sense Avery is tired of this being discussed and wants to see something done. Maybe I'm just reading too much into his comments.
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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    It seems to me that Coach Johnson wants a new arena. It makes sense if you really look at the numbers. It may cost less to do a reno of Coleman, but is it really a good investment long term. IMHO, the answer is a resounding no. We'd lose at least 2 years of revenue, and do long term season ticket holders want to drive to B'ham to see a game at 8 on a Wednesday night? I think not, so you could lose the people who have kept the program going for years. I think people in B'ham would come out, but when you come back to Tuscaloosa, season ticket holders going to buy bad tickets? Alabama is by far the most followed basketball team in the state and there should be an arena that reflects that interest. We have a choice, we can be the leader in the state or we can maintain the status quo. Which option do you think is going to push us to a next level team? What will the program be like in 20 years when Coleman is again just another aging facility. Cecil Hurt wrote a great article on this very subject this morning.
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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    They key word in that article is that Coleman was "functional" which means the architects and engineers have options that don't ultimately resort to a demolition.

    Based on the approach taken with the baseball stadium which was a major renovation that turned out very well imo. I was very skeptical in the beginning. This approach tells me that PTBs aren't interested in constructing an offsite facility away from other sports. They seemed to prefer keeping their athletics on the same part of the campus. For further evidence, they are renovating the nanotorium rather than build another swimming facility.

    I have mentioned it in another thread on a different topic but I think the change prohibiting tax deductibility of athletic donations has pushed this decision to renovation rather rebuild.

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    Re: Rupp Arena is Getting a Little Renovation (Taking Out 3,000 Seats)

    Quote Originally Posted by JDCrimson View Post
    They key word in that article is that Coleman was "functional" which means the architects and engineers have options that don't ultimately resort to a demolition.

    Based on the approach taken with the baseball stadium which was a major renovation that turned out very well imo. I was very skeptical in the beginning. This approach tells me that PTBs aren't interested in constructing an offsite facility away from other sports. They seemed to prefer keeping their athletics on the same part of the campus. For further evidence, they are renovating the nanotorium rather than build another swimming facility.

    I have mentioned it in another thread on a different topic but I think the change prohibiting tax deductibility of athletic donations has pushed this decision to renovation rather rebuild.

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    Personally I hate renovation jobs. Sometimes they can take more work hours than a brand new building. They are not always cheaper for the architects and engineers, but sometimes you have to take these jobs on order to get better work in the future.
    Architects do it with models.

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