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Seems weird to me its sat dormant for so long as everything around has taken off. Does anyone know the long term plan for the spot? Thanks.
Last I heard there was no definitive plan to change anything right now due to the cost involved. I saw some plans drawn up to repurpose the building into more classrooms, offices, and a second student union, so I believe this is the long term goal. The Russell House has definitely gotten too small to fully accommodate 30,000+ students. It sounded like they're definitely not going to tear the Coliseum down, but I'm sure plans can be changed if a big donor wants to cover the cost to do something different.
This post was edited by 09Gamecock 15 months ago
There is no way they can tear it down. There are already too many classrooms and offices in there. A second student union would be perfect...i would have love it when I was in school.
When I was in school a couple of years ago the CFO came and spoke to my class. Before his speech he offered to give a question and answer session about the current state of affairs for the University. I think he may have gotten a little ticked off because we started asking him a barrage of questions about the new business school, the Coliseum, etc. No one wanted to hear his actual speech.
Anyways, he basically said the cost of tearing down the Coliseum and building something new is way too expensive. Even if the tear down option was inexpensive, I believe he also said that the Coliseum is a "landmark" and that the University wanted to keep it but eventually renovate it. The renovations call for a more "open" feel where the basic structure remains but some parts of the building are replaced with glass. There may have been a concept drawing somewhere but I don't know where to find it now. The plans confirm what 09Gamecock said about more classrooms and offices. I was not aware of a new student union, but I believe that would be a great idea.
Rest assured, the University has plans for the Coliseum. However, doing anything with the building is going to be very expensive and the University can't do anything about it right now with its other current priorities.
I thought the school of journalism and SPTA and hospitality were on the way out to a new building soon. Am I wrong there? That would elimanate the use of it for classrooms. The bigger waste was McGee building the hoops and volleyballpractice facility there knowing he wanted to build a new arena. I think he just wanted a shovel in the ground for something.
I wish that they would start playing basketball games there again, and tear down the CLA
All my classes were there when I was in school. I also remember them saying there were plans to renovate it with newer classrooms and administrative offices and having an atrium style renovation in the middle (where the court was). No clue if that's still in the plans as I graduated in 2007.
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Moving to the former Health Sciences Building at Green and Sumter, I believe.
From what I remember the CFO said that the renovated Coliseum would still serve as the building for all of those schools.
HRTA is supposed to get the renovated law school building once the new law school unicorn is spotted.
A lot of those classes are moving. Not sure if others are going in but the Journalism School is moving to the old Public Health building.
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loaded with asbestos-environmental nightmare to tear down
A lot of people may not know this, but part of the design of the coliseum was as a nuclear bomb shelter. Hence all the sub floors. It was part of a contingency plan to move state officials there in the event of a nuclear attack. I would imagine the same contingency is in place, though obviously nuclear war is not really a threat anymore. I have no clue if that is playing a role now or not. But when the building was designed/built, one of it's purposes was as a nuclear bomb shelter.
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maybe not tear it down. But it doesn't fit right with college basketball. It's too big. I'm fairly certain that thing sits 17,000 or so. When have we sold out the CLA for a basketball game? College ball arenas should be no more than 10,000 in capacity. That way you can pack it out easier and creates a better atmosphere
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I wrote a long response but apparently there was an error. Here is the gist of it.
I think you are missing the point that the CLA is much more than the home of our basketball teams. it is the best arena in the state, IMO. If I am not mistaken the City of Columbia owns half of it.
We are not Duke, or Kentucky and IMO we do not deserve an intimate arena like they have.
All I know is that unless it is a video board or a statue in his honor lil'jerry will be pissed at whatever they build
This post was edited by cockfool 15 months ago
CLA serves as much more than a basketball arena. I believe it was one of the top grossing college arenas for concerts and what not.
Pretty sure we've averaged about 15k at CLA before without ever having having been particularly good during its history.
FMA was well past its prime. And people holding bad teams against the CLA is odd. FMA was every bit the deserted mausoleum CLA is when we were not good. It was just a dingy, dim, deserted mausoleum with no modern amenities.
I do admit to liking that place a lot though. Even the lite brite scoreboard.
Rupp is bigger than CLA, I think. Tennessee might be. Tennessee has the same problems with atmosphere when they aren't good.
Get rid of the Confederate Flag and it would host the NCAAs and maybe some other things, which would be nice.
Yep. Not many arenas that size have another arena and practice facilities right down the street.
Rupp, UT, and Ark are bigger. Vandy isn't far behind. We just need to win.
Mainly because of the traditional value. I understand the positives of the CLA, but I still wish we would play games in the Coliseum. At least one throwback game every year would be cool, but Colonial Life would never allow that to happen. Basically the same reason that I'm upset that Rosenblatt is gone.
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