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August 19, 2011

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grc

good, positive news! this is what we need! to focus on moving forward!

Binks

A lot of major schools split their games between two arenas. I know UNLV does it. I wish all of UTEP's basketball games were against AQ schools but we know that is not possible. The Alcorn State and Pine Bluff games could be played at The Don. The Memphis, Arizona, and other big games could be played downtown.

Robnelp

Think a little harder Joe....

Tell me why Bob Stull would decide to start splitting the already marginal income they make off ticket sales with the city in the form of rental/use fees for the new arena when they already have a nearly perfect venue they don't have to pay someone to use?

I don't see it making sense financially for regular season games...Post season and tourney games maybe..

!!Ssab Mud

Not a single knock at miner athletics!! Are you finally coming around.

A new arena would be nice, but the city will never set a steady revenue. Concerts are rarely a sellout. UTEP had a tough time selling out games last year.

And, UTEP would end up losing half it's sports income, I don't see Stull or Natalicio buying into it.

Fact Guy

"A lot of major schools split their games between two arenas. I know UNLV does it."

You don't know squat. UNLV plays ALL of its home games at the Thomas & Mack Center and has since it was built.

This is a dumb idea. UTEP won't play games downtown unless something happens to the DHC.

Morgan


The Miners can't fill a 12,000 seat stadium as it is. How will it look when the 7-8,000 fans sit in a 20,000 seat, empty arena?

Think the students will be enthused about going to a downtown game? You could easily lose another 1,000 fans right there. Might as well throw out any home court advantage the Don provides.

Then there's a question of the kind of contract UTEP will have to commit to. What will those games cost the already strapped-for-cash university? Where will the money come from? Ticket price increase? Tuition increase? Tax increase?

You know, this sounds exactly like something UTEP administration would jump on. Ouch.

joe blow

why you so stupid, stupid?

miner fan

wow el paso should go in with utep tare the don down and build a brand new state of the art stadium right in utep. im sorry right now downtown has a long way to go... and puttin a stadium wont make it any prettier i say lets keep building up utep and making people want to go there. sorry downtown seems lost a very lost cause to me.

Stahala

I like to think of myself as a pro-El Paso growth person, but this seems completely unnecessary for reasons stated above.

Binks

"You don't know squat. UNLV plays ALL of its home games at the Thomas & Mack Center and has since it was built."

Hey Fact Guy, get your facts straight before you pop off. The use of caps in your reply didn't help either.

Every year UNLV plays some of its home games in the Orleans Arena.

Next time know what you are talking about before you rush to be a dick in your reply.

Miner student

"this is a bad idea....waa waa wa..." Would you all like some cheese to go with your whine?

And you all wonder why its hard for recruits to come here...well its that negative small town mentality you all have. Downtown is garbage as is, and you all say no to progress? El Paso needs to grow somehow and UTEP is suffering because of a lack of growth. Joe is a turd, but he is absolutely right, things have to change for there to be growth. I THINK it's a great idea, and I wouldn't mind paying the extra taxes for this to happen.

Jefe

I don't see the point of it, especially when the "Don" can handle the games.

My biggest worry is that they will tear down the Coliseum or stop financing it. What will happen to the Rhinos hockey team, public ice skating, etc.?

As a parent who has a child playing ice hockey. It's a little scary to think we will no longer have a local ice rink.

Dayton Flyer

"this is a bad idea....waa waa wa..." Would you all like some cheese to go with your whine?

And you all wonder why its hard for recruits to come here...well its that negative small town mentality you all have. Downtown is garbage as is, and you all say no to progress? El Paso needs to grow somehow and UTEP is suffering because of a lack of growth. Joe is a turd, but he is absolutely right, things have to change for there to be growth. I THINK it's a great idea, and I wouldn't mind paying the extra taxes for this to happen.

Posted by: Miner student | August 21, 2011 at 03:39 AM


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Miner Student:

As long as student tuition and ticket prices are increased to support a move like this, I am all for it. This way, the students who get free tickets to see the games as well as the people who actually go to the games can fund the thing.

Chris

UNLV plays ALL of it's games at the Thomas Mack. They don't or have they ever played at the Orleans Arena. The WCC has it's Basketball tourney there.

A downtown Arena in El Paso's third world country downtown.....that's comical, why not just build an 8,000 seat Arena because thats all that UTEP basketball attracts. 20,000 seat Arena? Give me a break....why don't they try and landscape this ugly city instead of investing money in things this city doesn't need YET!

mike dew

How bout they work on getting a baseball team and men's soccer, programs that actually have a chance a getting some national attention

Binks

Sorry Chris but you are wrong too. UNLV plays in the Orleans every single year. A rodeo comes to Las Vegas and takes over the Mack every year around December. Every. Single. Year.

tony montoya

That is why nothing got done in ElPaso.People's mentality has always been we don't need it.Look at San Antonio they invested in their city ,their downtown and now they got tourist from all over.Its is true that El Paso's downtown is ugly, but that is why investment is necessary like the downtown arena,make El Paso street like Austin's 6 TH STREET,and do away with those nasty open flea market. Think big El Paso it is about time.

WilliamS


That is why nothing got done in ElPaso.People's mentality has always been we don't need it.Look at San Antonio they invested in their city ,their downtown and now they got tourist from all over.Its is true that El Paso's downtown is ugly, but that is why investment is necessary like the downtown arena,make El Paso street like Austin's 6 TH STREET,and do away with those nasty open flea market. Think big El Paso it is about time.

Posted by: tony montoya | August 26, 2011 at 11:31 PM

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And just where does the funding come from for "thinking big?" Raise taxes? Raise tuition? Raise student fees? Charge a toll for driving down the interstate?

Armando

I for one think it's a good idea to have a downtown arena...but we would need a pro-team or 2 to be in the arena. BRING BACK THE GENERALS AND THE PATRIOTS CAN PLAY AN INDOOR SOCCER SEASON!!!! As far as you negative PEOPLE are concerned...move to Andrews, you'rE the reason why El Paso does not prosper.

Stahala

Tony Montoya, I also want to revitalize downtown and make it a hot tourist spot. But, I dont think a basketball arena is going to do that. If the Don is selling out every game, or El Paso gets an NBA team(hahaha), then we should build an arena downtown.

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