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SDSU says it's cutting off talks with FS Investors about Qualcomm Stadium site
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RE: SDSU says it's cutting off talks with FS Investors about Qualcomm Stadium site
(05-20-2017 10:51 PM)CougarRed Wrote:  Charlotte wasn't dirt cheap. It cost $45M for 15,000 seats.

No, when looking at it from cost to seating, it's ridiculously high. But, the stadium is expandable to 40-45K as is, and the base, "Phase I" product is a pretty clever foundation. Dig a hole into the ground, amphitheater-like, and build a horseshoe (traditional and effective for seating numbers and panoramic viewing experiences). All the stuff is there for a good expansion with at least two decks. Was part of the reason it cost as much was because of some rock they encountered early on? Or, is that a reason why CSU's costs so much (they can't really dig down, or, they can, and that's partly why it isn't cheap to build the thing)? Maybe both?

I remember when Charlotte announced its venue plans it was obvious they weren't giving the vibe they were entitled to D1 status, but the venue wouldn't stop them moving straight up and out of FCS and into FBS if it came to it. It was model...at least, imo. It's high for a first phase, but expansion would redeem the cost because future growth was built into the frame, making additions cheaper.

Thanks for those numbers, though. Putting the projects into perspective, Rice's renovation was $44.5 million? It's not cheap to upkeep an older venue. And Rice's was one of the good ones.
05-21-2017 10:15 PM
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