This is beaver Stadium in 1977
Its still got the track around the field but lately its apparent that for the needs to football team the track has gotta go. (the seats were too far away)
[i]What would happen if by chance in some strange turn of events soccer were sweeping through college campuses and everybody was convinced that all you needed was a nice 25,000 to 35,000 seat soccer specific stadium to accommodate them and produce a revenue generating fall program to coincide with your football program.
Now say a wealthy benefactor was to drop in and declare that he would foot most of the bill for this stadium provided the university match it with independent funds.
Now imagine a suddenly lonely and forlorn voice in the back of the room speaking up and pointing out correctly that Beaver Stadium can accommodate a soccer pitch right now (put grass on part of the track) and that it needs to some work to make a more intimate football stadium as well. That we could roll those 2 separate projects into one to save money and to see, once and for all, if the soccer thing really will take off. (build a soccer stadium in 15 years if things go well)
But alas he is shouted down by such things as: 83,000 is way too big for a soccer program and we are going to have 2 separate stadiums to use going forward.
So we move ahead with this new project. A bunch of money is sunk into this new smaller stadium while Beaver Stadium is renovated but nothing like the renovation we saw that took place over the years from 1978-82.
Going forward in this virtual world there just wasn’t enough money in the long term down economy of the late 70s early 80s to support 2 state of the art stadiums side by side. It would not be till the stadium explosion of the late 90s that Beaver Stadium would be a great football venue. Oh and the maintenance costs for keeping both places up caused a drag on the over all athletic budget. Costs that could have been put off until said late 90s stadium boom when a soccer stadium could have been built. [/i]
End of virtual world (yes this was the best counter example that I could think of for the average Penn Stater. )
If you think there is going to be enough money to support 2 Arenas used in the same winter season (one 15,000 and the other 6,000) over the next 15 years when the economy may not ever get going: please raise your hands. There wasn’t enough money in 77 either.
The lesson here is focus on what you have.
Addendum. Yes I know PSU football was a machine that could not be derailed but unfortunately PSU hoops of today is stuck in the mud… But what if we were not stuck in the mud? How would a good Bball Joepa take this?
$30-$50 million dollars is about to be spent on a winter sport other than PSU hoops. (there is not another $30 to $50 million dollars coming to State College for a while).
How could you not be insulted. The football folks would have been in 1977…