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City, university agree on downtown arena

By mrasor Published: August 8, 2007

Men's basketball
We may be years from a groundbreaking, but at least the official conversations for a new arena have begun.
It may have started due to mayor Don Plusquellic's anger over the Quaker Square deal, in which the university bought the property, robbing the city of one of its two downtown hotels.
The university made a deal that would continue to keep half of those rooms open for two years. Also part of the agreement is that if the university builds an arena, it will be downtown. Lastly, the university will provide land for a new hotel to replace the Crowne Plaza.
I'm scratching my head a little about what the university gets out of this deal. I think the assumption is that the city would assist in gathering that land and maybe paying for the structure.
The stadium would be used for more than Zips basketball -- men's and women's. "The Don" mentioned minor league hockey and arena football. (Heck, by the time this thing is built, an NHL team could come here.)
Click the above link and listen to the mayor talk about the plan. It's interesting for sure.

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