The university trustees will meet tomorrow to vote on two measures that could make a new on-campus stadium a certainty, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
First, they plan to choose to press forward with eminent domain proceedings to usurp land on East Exchange Street necessary for stadium construction. Second, they plan to purchase Quaker Square with intentions to make the Crowne Plaza Hotel a residence hall to replace the ones in the stadium's path.
It should be neat to see some real progress begin on the stadium, rather than J.D. Brookhart and Mack Rhoades talk reservedly about 2009. It certainly can't hurt recruiting, which will get cooking in the next couple months.
I hold personal reservations any time a public entity takes away a private landowner's property, as certainly will be the case here. Those scruples will go away once August 2009 rolls around, I'm sure.