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Re: Pyramid Demolition
A pyramid design was not a good decision as this type of arena has many maintenance issues as did the pyramid in Memphis. The Bren at UCI (1987) is older and I haven't heard any problems with it. The Myd is iconic but the cost of continued repairs will likely lead to its demise. In 2017 CBU built a great arena in Riverside but at a cost of 73 million in 2017 dollars. It was officially renamed the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler Events Center in February 2023 after the Fowlers declared a massive gift to California Baptist University of $28.5 million.
Not sure if LB has that kind of money or that kind of donor to build a 5K seat arena.
saw this on the yellow board, from Daily 49er https://daily49er.com/sports/2023/05/04/demolition-of-walter-pyramid-is-possible-says-interim-athletic-director/
This may be a strategic 'leak' of information preparing us for what is probably going to happen. My guess is minor repairs for 4-5 years to keep it usable, new arena project launched, who knows where it will be located, where the funds will come from.
Build out the Gold Mine I think they could expand it westward 50-100 feet and do some redesign. Link it to educational facilities capital project so maybe partially offset cost with bond funds. Just throwing ideas out, I doubt any of it is feasible.
They will figure out something. GO BEACH!!!