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Re: Pyramid Demolition
The athletic department and all associated branding has the pyramid intertwined. I hope they can save the structure because it has been good for athletic and LBSU. It seems like the entire school's student body takes some of their grad pictures around the Mid.
The Pyramid has been a unique symbol of LBS our image. We have enjoyed our games there. Hopefully they can come off with something that is affordable to fix it.
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!!!