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IllinI planning new ice ARENA? B1G Hockey?
This is obviously in its early stages, but interesting nonetheless?

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2...-plan.html

Some tweets have said the IllinI would be a great hockey school.
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The University of Illinois has major research campuses in UC and Chicago. Why not build the ice arena in Chicago, and have both campuses start a men's program??
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they can't figure out fb, mid as well try hockey
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ACHA squad is ran well, going from club to varsity wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Anyone see this as a plot to keep North Dakota and UMD out(especially the latter)?
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I see the reference to "moving" the Ice Arena. On its own, that does not automatically mean an upgraded Arena.

Where is any indication that the Ice Arena would be expanded to the seating needed for a Div I team?
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(04-14-2017 08:12 AM)Rube Dali Wrote:  Anyone see this as a plot to keep North Dakota and UMD out(especially the latter)?

Yeah because Minnesota and Wisconsin are dying to play upjumped Iowa and Illinois club teams, like yesterday! 07-coffee3
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(04-14-2017 08:48 AM)BruceMcF Wrote:  I see the reference to "moving" the Ice Arena. On its own, that does not automatically mean an upgraded Arena.

Where is any indication that the Ice Arena would be expanded to the seating needed for a Div I team?

They do mean a new ice arena here as the existing ice arena definitely cannot be physically moved -- it's a nearly 90-year old building. They just mean that the location of any proposed new ice arena is going to be much different than where the current ice arena is located. (In this case, they're saying it would effectively be next to Memorial Stadium.)

I've said many times before that if I were someone with a $100 million to spare, I'd totally fund a new Illini hockey program. I'd LOVE it. That being said, a new ice arena in and of itself doesn't mean a hockey program is going to be started. Such ice arena would be a bare minimum requirement and, frankly, the first priority might be more just to provide a modern ice arena for recreational use for the school and greater Champaign-Urbana community (as I noted that the existing ice arena is literally nearly 90 years old).

Regardless, thanks to NoDak for posting. I hadn't seen that article and it has a lot of interesting proposals beyond the ice arena. I know exactly what they're aiming for with the Illini Union South idea (as it's in a wide open area right next to the business school where I spent many hours of my life). For the average student, that actually would have the most massive impact out of any of those proposals - it would effectively create a new focal point of day-to-day activity on campus (particularly for the business school and other campus units like the colleges of education and agriculture/environmental sciences that in the south portion of the campus). Most of the construction over the past 10 to 15 years has been on the north side of campus where the engineering and computer science programs are located (as they're the part of the university that is gushing with donations from Silicon Valley-types and other wealthy alums).

I love the arts district idea, as well - it seems to be really aimed to connect a few arts buildings that are close to each other but not really looked at as a cohesive unit, so it's very logical on paper and could essentially create a new "attraction" on campus without even needing to build new facilities (e.g. that seems like a really high ROI project if it comes to fruition). My guess is they're wisely proposing to make it into a mini-version of Chicago's Museum Campus (where the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field were all next to each other but never really felt connected as a cohesive area until they reorganized the streets and parking around there and put in green space in strategic areas to create the Museum Campus that we see today).
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(04-13-2017 09:37 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  The University of Illinois has major research campuses in UC and Chicago. Why not build the ice arena in Chicago, and have both campuses start a men's program??

UIC had a men's hockey program that was disbanded in the 1990s. So, its basketball arena (the UIC Pavilion) already has ice-making capabilities.

However, the relations between athletic departments of Illinois and UIC are about as coordinated as the athletic departments of, say, UCLA and UC-Irvine or Alabama and UAB... as in there's no relationship at all. You probably won't see Illinois play UIC in men's basketball for the foreseeable future, much less coordinate on hockey programs. Regardless, if there's ever a college hockey program in the State of Illinois, it will be in Champaign. The demand is there - its club team sells out games and they were eye-to-eye with Penn State in terms of competitiveness at that club level (which is why PSU and Illinois have long been mentioned with each other as the schools in the best position to go to D-1). Penn State ended up getting a Earth-shattering donation to make the move and they've made the transition to D-1 pretty quickly considering that they won the Big Ten this year.
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What's a "sell out", for Illinois club team? 1k? 2k?

It's nice that college hockey is generally a weekend thing, but still ... how many are going to drive down from Chicago for Big Ten hockey?? Not on a Friday night, unless they're staying over. And for a weekend day game, that's still 4+ hours of driving.

I guess Champaign county has 200k-ish population, so more than I was thinking.


I mean, by all means, knock yourselves out. Was just thinking it would be smarter to build it on UIC campus and have both Illini and Flames hockey. But if that's a non-starter, then so be it.


And yeah, it does make sense that UIUC to UIC is much closer toward the Alabama to UAB end of the spectrum than the Berkeley to UCSF end of the spectrum. But, at least academically, I think of it as the latter.
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