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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
Yeah, I can't speak to their situation. However, Pitt Stadium was really cool. If anyone has ever been to Notre Dame Stadium, it was a very similar design.

Of course it was rarely full like Notre Dame Stadium always is, and it had fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect. However, when you walked into Pitt Stadium you could just feel the history and tradition.

You can't really replace that.

Honestly, Heinz Field has not been as bad as I feared. I don't think it's a perfect solution but I sometimes think that it's opponents overstate it as a problem. It definitely has far better amenities and the parking situation is 10 times better.

Parking at a Pitt game when it was at Pitt Stadium was a *****. You would walk up a giant hill into the stadium that the locals derisively called "Cardiac Hill" because of all of the heart attacks that had taken place over the years while Pitt fans were en route to home games.

Also, the area where the University of Pittsburgh is located is called Oakland and it is the third largest commerce area in the state of Pennsylvania - behind only downtown Pittsburgh and Center City Philadelphia. Oakland also basically has just a few ways in and out. Therefore, getting to and especially from a Pitt football game when they played on campus was definitely a challenge.

Look, I think they should play on campus as well. Also, as I said earlier, I think tearing down Pitt Stadium was ultimately a mistake. However, it was definitely a 55-45 decision either way. It was never as simple as people make it out to be.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
Here's an article from last fall about Penn possibly restarting hockey. They have an existing rink on campus and with Columbia are the only Ivy League schools that don't have hockey.

http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/11/pen...ey-feature
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
Thanks for the thoughts, Isaly.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
(07-09-2017 10:15 AM)el_norte Wrote:  Marquette
- I know Wisconsin isn't as big of a hockey state as some of it's neighbors, but they can probably handle more than the one program they currently have. Marquette had a team in the 20's and 30's and it's location would seem to be a positive for fan support. If not Marquette, UW-Milwaukee or UW-GB?
Throw in Depaul, Creighton, Butler, Xavier with Marquette and Providence, and there could be Big East hockey.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
A new arena in downtown Champaign?

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

Developer of "Downtown Champaign Hotel Project To Move South, Merge with Illinois Terminal Expansion, Seek Hockey & Event Arena Partnership" #WCIA

http://www.illinoisloyalty.com/GoIllini/...t_illinois

Idea of @IlliniAthletics partnering 'intriguing.' 'We'd love for them to consider it,' developer tells @tkacich. http://bit.ly/2vdWBm7
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
Sure, if the NHL is going to fund an endowment to pay for the scholarships and head coach.

If they want big time college hockey, they need to pay for it.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
(07-18-2017 03:17 PM)dreamlander Wrote:  A new arena in downtown Champaign?

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

Developer of "Downtown Champaign Hotel Project To Move South, Merge with Illinois Terminal Expansion, Seek Hockey & Event Arena Partnership" #WCIA

http://www.illinoisloyalty.com/GoIllini/...t_illinois

Idea of @IlliniAthletics partnering 'intriguing.' 'We'd love for them to consider it,' developer tells @tkacich. http://bit.ly/2vdWBm7

The NHL kicking off NCAA hockey expansion project with Illinois without a real arena was almost unthinkable. Now we see the substance behind it.
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Until the four parties (city, university, developer, and transit district) actually meet, I'll pass. It's clear the developer is low on funds and access to credit.
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(07-18-2017 06:10 PM)Renandpat Wrote:  Until the four parties (city, university, developer, and transit district) actually meet, I'll pass. It's clear the developer is low on funds and access to credit.

It has some critical mass as a lot of interesting parties including the Illinois athletic department for volleyball and gymnastics. A USHL college prep team would be good too. Downtown Bloomington down the round has one. Can have a lot of activity going on.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
(07-18-2017 07:00 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(07-18-2017 06:10 PM)Renandpat Wrote:  Until the four parties (city, university, developer, and transit district) actually meet, I'll pass. It's clear the developer is low on funds and access to credit.

It has some critical mass as a lot of interesting parties including the Illinois athletic department for volleyball and gymnastics. A USHL college prep team would be good too. Downtown Bloomington down the round has one. Can have a lot of activity going on.

The developer was very eager to tell the media present about the number of restaurants in downtown Champaign near the transit center.

He's desperate for the creation of a TIF. Desperate
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