Add Your Comments: Should Williams Arena be history?

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  • Updated: February 8, 2012 - 9:08 PM

Should the university get rid of Williams Arena as part of its plan for upgrading its basketball program? Or is there too much history to do away with The Barn? Tell us what you think.

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eyeintheskyMar. 18, 1210:57 AM

prexy k is going to have to "study" this situation for about five years. He will get counsel from his maturi replacement ad when he gets around to bringing in his new "yes..." man/woman to replace maturi. Of course, he will have to keep maturi on the payroll for at least another year to consult with his new ad and show him/her the ropes. Remember this prexy k: it would be utterly FOOLISH to build a new practice facility when as Mr. Reusse so aptly points out, a new Basketball Arena is needed to replace the BARN. Don't throw good money after antiquated, worn-out, relics that should have been replaced way back when iowa replaced their old field house that somewhat reminded me of William's Arena. (I still recall the final time the Gophers played there in a classic match-up between Jim Dutchers club and Lute Olson's club. The GOPHERS won! It was a great game. An appropriate game to put that ancient, outdated facility to rest on that campus in iowa city.) Reusse is correct. We need a new BARN. The old BARN housed many wonderful memories...but...our revenue sports NEED decent facilities if they are not going to continue to finish in the 7th through 12th spots in the Big Ten Standings ALL the time. IF you are going to have revenue producing programs they MUST compete in the top half of the standings once in a while prexy k. Remember THAT fact and try to do something about it going forward. And prexy k: the number of Big Ten wins vs Big Ten losses that the coaches of the revenue sports (football, men's basketball and men's hockey---soon to be a member of the Big Ten Hockey Conference) achieve. It defines EXACTLY how these U of M tems rank within the Big Ten Conference in terms of being...or NOT being competetive. ut make NO mistake: the revenue producing programs support all the Title IX and Non-Revenue programs at the U. You NEED to give the ticket-buying public some reason to hang-on and hang-in their with their expensive season ticket purchases. Now, get out there and study the situation prexy k... ; 0 )

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eyeintheskyMar. 18, 1210:45 AM

prexy k is going to have to "study" this situation for about five years. He will get counsel from his macturi replacement ad when he gets around to bringing in his new "yes..." man/woman to replace macturi. Of course, he will have to keep macturi on the payroll for at least another year to consult with his new ad and show him/her the ropes. Remember this prexy k: it would be utterly FOOLISH to build a new practice facility when as Mr. Reusse so aptly points out, a new Basketball Arena is needed to replace the BARN. Don't throw good money after antiquated, worn-out, relics that should have been replaced way back when iowa replaced their old field house that somewhat reminded me of William's Arena. (I still recall the finalo time the Gophers played there in a classic match-up between Jim Dutchers club and Lute Olson's club. The GOPHERS won! It was a great game. An appropriate game to put that ancient, outdated facility to rest on that campus in iowa city.) Reusse is correct. We need a new BARN. The old BARN housed many wonderful memories...but...our revenue sports NEED decent facilities if they are not going to continue to finish in the 7th through 12th spots in the Big Ten Standings. IF you are going to have revenue producing programs they MUST compete in the top half of the standings once in a while prexy k. Remember THAT fact and try to do something about it going forward. And prexy k: the number of Big Ten wins vs Big Ten losses that the coaches of the revenue sports (football, men's basketball and men's hockey---soon to be a member of the Big Ten Hockey Conference) achieve. It defines EXACTLY how these U of M tems rank within the Big Ten Conference in terms of being...or NOT being competetive. Now, get out there and study the situation prexy k... ; 0 )

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hobie2Mar. 17, 12 1:05 AM

Using the Reusse logic, we need to tear down and throw out the old and bring in the new - so how about replacing all these old sportswriters? - They contribute spit to the local sports scene... Once Ruesse is thrown out, I'll consider talking about the Barn. Until then, the Barn is a better sports ticket than these oldsters sports columns... Oh - How'd that new on-campus stadium thing work out?... Bet this post doesn't see the light of day...

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suuwhatMar. 10, 12 1:39 PM

So williams is so inconvenient and hard to get around yet it draws a primarily elderly crowd to all the games? Hmmmm--one seems to belie the other, doesn't it? Maybe a bit of an overstatement there?? Of course, Reusse is the same guy who thinks ron gardenhire invented the game of baseball and should never be fired for anything and that the taxpayers should hock everything to build the vikings a trillion dollar stadium or they'll move to mars so. . .be sure to take all that into account when you read this opinion on williams. Know what? Fenway park is a total dump and there's absolutely no plans to tear that down either--and it costs about $100 bucks to get into fenway--unless you want one of the 100 actual good seats--the ben affleck seats. Then it'll run you $10,000. Fenway was just this year placed on the national register of historic buildings (it just turned 100) and the owners are now seeking more than $40 million dollars in tax credits that it is now eligible for as a historic building. Williams is 84--hold on for 16 more years, get it placed on the national historic register (and any local register) then take the millions in tax credits and do a grand renovation. Problem solved.

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athomp7614Mar. 6, 12 6:42 PM

They can't even get enough money to build a practice facility so how in the world can they build a new arena.

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jacksotwMar. 4, 12 3:53 PM

As much as it will sadden me to see Williams arena go, two of the most well done sports complexes in the country are next to Williams arena and i have faith in the university to do the same thing, and to emulate Williams arena if they ever do decide its time for change. but if the team wins, nobody cares where they are watching the game (twins in metrodome)

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rick563Feb. 24, 1211:03 PM

In this case it;s time to throw out the Tubby and keep the bath water.

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teachertimFeb. 19, 12 9:00 AM

Tough call. The place has a lot of memories, but it has been a dump for the past 15 years.

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shakopeemikeFeb. 18, 12 9:17 PM

So widen the seating areas a little for today's butts, & put some backs on the benches. What Williams Arena really needs is 4 or 5 Big Ten Championship banners hanging there! National Championship and Final Four banners would brighten up the place too! In spite of the struggling basketball program the past 15 years, Gopher fans continue to fill the place - in a town with lots of sports options. What more do you want? (With this program today, you really think you can sell 20 - 25,000 seats a game??!) Tear it down and you'll live to regret it! Williams Arena is an authentic classic! Spend the $$$ on a good, modern practice facility and get a Athletic Director that is a proven winner! I watched while you bulldozed Memorial Stadium, to play under a doom off campus - how did that turn out? Tear it down and this alumni will wash his hands of Gopher sports for good!

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daknudsenFeb. 15, 1210:07 AM

Bring the Barn back to its early glory. Begin by tearing out the "luxury" BarnLofts. What a huge mistake that was. The only thing they accomplish is blocking the view of anyone sitting on the sides in the upper deck above row 5 or so.

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