The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

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Re: The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

Postby le » Fri May 08, 2020 9:43 am

Mick: Obviously, SHU has bigger plans than the AHA with their new 3,600 seat state of the art arena. One would assume they are targeting membership in the ECAC or Hockey East. It's a beautiful complex, but I don't understand why they are not considering a dual-purpose arena for basketball, since the Pitt Center is nothing more than a HS gym. How much does a wood floor cost ? It's clear to me that SHU is thinking "big time" in hockey and seem very content with their low mid-major status for hoops in the NEC.
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Re: The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

Postby MICKEY » Wed May 13, 2020 10:09 am

The cost of a portable basketball court is under $150K. The portable baskets are about $20K. You need about 1000 chairs and risers for end court and side court seats, I estimate $250K. I don’t know the current cost of insulation and covering for the ice but I recall it’s was few hundred thousand . You also likely need equipment to move the floor and ice covering. So you are looking at a number between $750K and a million. Compare that to building a separate arena at $40 million and even with the cost of changing over one sport to another about ten times a season a dual facility makes sense, particularly if you have a dual rink complex and an existing practice court. I proposed doing that with Dwyer 20 years ago. In one ear, out the the other!
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Re: The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

Postby le » Wed May 13, 2020 10:57 am

I proposed doing that with Dwyer 20 years ago. In one ear, out the the other!


Yeah, I don't know why SHU isn't considering a dual-purpose facility to accommodate basketball.

A dual-purpose Dwyer 20+ years ago would have solved a lot of issues going forward due to the functional obsolescence of the GC. I think I mentioned it to Mike Hermann at the time as well. I believe his response was based on financial limitations. To this day, he will emphatically state that Dwyer should have been constructed as a four sided arena from day one", not the phased in approach. The costs of steel and labor along with new stringent building codes doomed the phased in approach. Over a very short period of time (5 years), I believe construction costs more than doubled, if not tripled !
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Re: The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

Postby le » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:08 pm

SHU is expanding :

Private, nonprofit Goodwin University and Sacred Heart University, along with the for-profit Paier College of Art, will acquire Bridgeport’s assets over a still-to-be-determined period of time. Stephen Healey, Bridgeport’s interim president, said the entire process will likely take between 12 and 18 months. John Petillo, Sacred Heart’s president, said the arrangement hinges on special accreditation for programs that will transfer.

Sacred Heart plans to absorb the engineering, chiropractic and education certificate programs, along with graduate tracks in counseling and nutrition. Goodwin hopes to take on another handful of programs, including the master's in public health, criminal justice and business and administration, as well as most of the health science programs.

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Re: The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

Postby MICKEY » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:50 pm

Very interesting move by Sacred Heart. Bridgeport was saved from closure about 40 years ago when it was acquired by a Korean group commonly referred to as the Moonies. It sold it's law school to Quinnipiac at the time. The campus is in a depressed part of the city very close to the Webster Bank Arena, home of Fairfield basketball and Sacred Heart hockey. While using the existing UB campus makes sense for SHU's partners it probably doesn't make that much sense for them as they recently acquired the former GE HQ property adjacent to their campus. The school of engineering is the gem in the acquision. NU needs to keep their eye on the small previously Catholic women's colleges in the Buffalo area which may produce opportunity for enrollment and academic expansion. See my previous comments on the following thread:

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Re: The Aud / Fairfield/Sacred Heart Venues

Postby Eagle » Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:06 pm

Mickey has been calling for new thinking and engineering at NU since this board was formed.

Great ideas!

Why Mickey isn't on the NU Board of Trustees remains a mystery to me!
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