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Sunday, May 27, 2007

University of Vermont Arena Proposal

University officials are working hard these days to make what once seemed like a pipe dream a reality: the construction of a new, state-of-the-art arena on campus. The concept is no longer wishful thinking. A pair of feasibility tests have been conducted, preliminary blueprints and diagrams are drawn up, and UVM's board of trustees recently created a task force to explore the possibility of forging ahead with the endeavor. According to Robert Corran, UVM's director of athletics, the location has been nailed down. The proposed arena, which would house hockey and basketball games, would nestle in between Patrick Gym and Gutterson Fieldhouse. He said it would seat 6,500 fans for hockey. The building would be flexible for basketball, he said, allowing capacity to fluctuate from 2,500 to 7,200.

I think it would be in the best interest of the region/city/state to consider co-building a larger multi-purpose facility that could draw larger national events. It would add to the ability to market the Champlain Valley as a "destination". That's just my two cents...

Burlington Free Press.com Sports
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