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Re: “ASU plans a football stadium expansion

Sound: Attendance at ASU the past five years has averaged about 24,400; stadium capacity is just over 30,000. That number could well increase in coming years because of the new athletic director's efforts to schedule home-and-home games with recognizable Division I schools: Missouri a couple of years ago; Miami FL this year; plus upcoming matchups with teams such as SMU, Tulsa, Iowa State, Nevada-Las Vegas, and a resumption of the series with Memphis. I don't believe there will be a very big increase in the overall stadium capacity as a result of this project, however, because a number of the existing general admission seats in the north end zone are being removed to make room for the premium seating and other features of the improvements. The name of the game these days when it comes to football stadium improvements is expanding the premium seating. Ohio State recently announced a renovation project that will result in a net decrease of its stadium capacity because several thousand bleacher seats are being replaced with a lesser number of suites and club seating. However, because of the higher ticket prices (plus annual contribution requirements necessary to retain the premium seats), such projects generate more revenue and usually pay for themselves after a few years. Also, for better or worse, there's an ongoing arms race in college athletics, and building bigger and better facilities is viewed as necessary to compete with similar-sized programs to recruit quality athletes and keep the fan base buying tickets. This is not just a stadium expansion, but also involves a new locker room, weight and film rooms, athletic department offices, and other features. College athletics is a business, and like any commercial enterprise, that old adage applies: If you're standing still, you're falling behind...

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Posted by Mackie Avelli on 06/22/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “ASU plans a football stadium expansion

This project has been on the agenda for several years now, so it's no surprise for ASU fans. Timing of the announcement today likely means sufficient funds have been raised to begin construction "on faith" that the rest of the money will be generated through advance sales of the new premium seating. This formula proved successful with the last major renovation to the stadium, when the old press box was gutted, then expanded significantly with improved amenities for the media, plus a considerable number of luxury boxes and club seating, all of which sold out before the end of the first season the new facility opened.

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Posted by Mackie Avelli on 06/22/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Lawsuit coming on Arkansas anti-abortion laws

Two of my favorite signs from the Trump protest march back in the spring were, "80 percent of the leaders of the anti-choice forces are men. 100 percent of them will never become pregnant," and, "If you cut off my reproductive choice, can I cut off yours?"

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Posted by Mackie Avelli on 06/16/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Governor announces effort to 'transform' government: You have any ideas?

Quit appointing incompetent political hacks and term-limited legislators (wait; that's probably redundant...) to head state agencies with instructions to run them like businesses.

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Posted by Mackie Avelli on 05/18/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Tavern shooting Sunday night

Of course it's not illegal to drink and carry. Soon nothing involving the use of firearms will be illegal, so there will be no need for the police to waste their time responding to incidents like this one or the nightclub shooting at Jonesboro Saturday night. Under Trump & Co. "The Purge" will be the official national policy 24/7 every day, not just once a year. And whoever said Republicans were no admirers of Darwinism?

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Posted by Mackie Avelli on 05/15/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Little Rock about to be a two-cab-company town

Saw one of their cabs cruising around a couple of months ago. Trump sticker on the back bumper.

Posted by Mackie Avelli on 05/08/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “State merit pay decision delayed until June

D.O.A. When choices have to be made on state spending, state employees are always the first to be sacrificed on the fiscal altar.

Posted by Mackie Avelli on 05/08/2017 at 8:07 AM

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