Sacred Heart breaks in USCHO TOP 20 POLL

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Sacred Heart breaks in USCHO TOP 20 POLL

Postby le » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:14 pm

Sacred Heart announced Saturday that the university will build a nearly 4,000-capacity, $60 million hockey and skating arena on its West Campus in Fairfield, Conn.

“The facility will be home to our Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs, our nationally ranked figure skating team and our men’s club ice hockey team,” said SHU president John Petillo in a statement. “It is the continuation of a robust, multi-year building and expansion program reflecting our significant growth, appeal and national status,” he said.

https://www.uscho.com/2020/01/25/sacred ... n-in-2022/
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Re: Sacred Heart to build 4,000 seat arena by 2022

Postby NewEnglander » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:47 pm

Capacity looks like they want to be the 12th team in Hockey East.
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Postby le » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:10 pm

YUP !!!

Should have been Dwyer in the mid 90's.
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Postby efkay2u » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:29 am

SHU Athletic Director Bobby Valentine (Yes, that Bobby Valentine) has sure raised SHU's athletic profile since taking the position in 2013. I guess it also helps to have Jack Welch donating to the school. Incidentally did you know that Bobby Valentines' Father in Law was Ralph Branca, (yes, that Ralph Branca). For you youngsters on the blog who may not know Ralph Branca pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was the pitcher who served up the pitch to New York Giants Bobby Thomson that was known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951. He also pitched for the Tigers and the Yankees.
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Postby phillyeagle » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:59 am

It is always amazing to me how a college like Sacred Heart can seemingly rise from nowhere. A quick look at Wikipedia notes it started in1963 and now how an endowment of $130 million. It has 32 Varsity teams. Sports seems big but College Factual slammed it for price Vs. worth. Still an arena like that is a lot of spare change for such a school in a challenging NE environment.
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Postby efkay2u » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:36 pm

Another example is Robert Morris. Brief history s it opened in 1921 as an accounting school. In 1962 after purchasing an "estate" of Oliver Kauffmann (from Kauffmann's Dept Store a company near and dear to my heart) in Moon Township it became a 2 year Junior College. It became a 4 year institution as Robert morris College in 1969 and achieved University status in 2002. With an endowment (per Wikipedia) of 36 million in 2018 it fields sports such as Div 1AA football at Joe Walton Stadium and recently opened the UPMC Center in May 2019 with a capacity of 4000 and home of the Basketball and VOlleyball programs as well as concerts, ertc. hibitions conventions . Cost was given as 50 million. The Hockey team plays in a former civic built ice complex .

ALl this with a endowment less than half on Niagara. How do they do it ? I wonder how much UPMC shells out for naming rights.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UPMC_Events_Center https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Morris_University
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Re: Sacred Heart to build 4,000 seat hockey arena by 2022

Postby le » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:50 pm

RE SHU: A quick look at Wikipedia notes it started in 1963 and now how an endowment of $130 million.


Location, location, location in Fairfield County WITH close proximity to NYC. Check out the median income and average real estate values in Fairfield County compared to Niagara County . Different planet man!
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Postby NewEnglander » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:53 pm

Looks like the Sacred Heart win over Yale was part of the Connecticut version of the Beanpot. Quinnipiac beat UConn and then Yale beat UConn 3-2 today. Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac play for the Championship tonight.
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Postby le » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:20 pm

SHU is up 3-1 over Qpac with 8 mins reaming in 3rd period. As I mentioned in the NU-Army thread, it was music to my ears having Qpac romp over UC and SHU hammer the "softies" from Yale.
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Re: Sacred Heart to build 4,000 seat hockey arena by 2022

Postby MICKEY » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:33 am

A couple of tidbits on the subject:

When Sacred Heart was founded it had a Bridgeport address but didn’t “come alive” until it changed its address to Fairfield. It didn’t move it just choose to adapt the address across the street.

The Webster Bank Arena, home to Fairfielf basketball and Sacred Heart hockey was built with 10,000 sears less than 20 years ago and only cost $55 million. They didn’t say it in the article but they could use the building for basketball as well. It’s what we should have done with Dwyer, let’s not go there.

Jack Welsh got his name on the school of business for what I believe was only a mere $1 million gift. However the new campus referred to is the former HQ of GE. It also gave the business school some credibility and marketing appeal.

Nearby Fairfield University has been working on raising $40 million for its new gym for several years and finally made the the announcement last Fall and SHU with a third of their endowment suddenly announces a $60 million building? Sacred Heart is sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport, looks like they will be adding a second collection.

Bobby Valentine was a very good basketball player as well and was recruited by Frank Layden for NU but he went the baseball route instead.

Any way just a couple of thoughts.
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