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Lookie here at this little interesting blurb on current legislature activities:
[Commonwealth Stadium expansion?
One of UK’s proposed projects for agency funds was $100 million for renovation and expansion of Commonwealth Stadium. Legislative staff told the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Monday that if the House approved all the university’s bond requests, the state’s ratio of debt to revenue would inch past 7 percent. That means it would be one of the highest debt ratios in the country.
Jay Blanton, a spokesman for UK, said the university hopes that some of those agency bond funds will be restored in the budget by the Senate.]
Fascinating on so many levels. This was killed by Stumbo's House (Controlled by Democrats). Back in an infamous interview in November, the former member of the now defunct UKAA Board member Butch Cassity (or whatever his name was) accused David Williams and Republicans in the Senate of standing in the way of UK football facility improvements.
I suppose props are due to the much maligned Barnhart for apparently trying to get some major football facility upgrades/improvements funded. But damn, why the secrecy? Why has nothing been said about this, until after the fact and burried in a political blog? Why not put on the table what they want done in a big splashy press conference with artists rendering of the objective, then maybe UK fans would put pressure on their representatives to approve the thing?
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May be a catch-22 situation. If they approve it then great for fans, but they just approved a $100 million plan for UK football improvement while the entire country struggles economically and the state of Kentucky continues to head deeper in debt. For the good of the many they probably made the right choice......darn it.
If they publicized it and they either passed it or shot it down, then you'll tick off someone. Perhaps they thought this was the best way to avoid ticking people off.
If the David Williams republican house hadn't shot down riverboat casinos maybe we'd have enough money to afford this.
But it is debt that is just authorized by the state, UK and specifically the UKAA would be responsible for paying it off. Obviously with increase in luxury boxes & addition of club seats.
Pres. Capiluto (sp?) is on record as opposing anything that interferes with improvements to UK's infrastructure (dorms, etc.) I believe. This would probably eat into UK's ability to get those items bonded, so he would probably have not looked favorably upon a media splash to pressure the legistature to approve the football renovations. Just my guess.
The UKAA should have its own bonding capacity and then this wouldn't be an issue. It's stupid that UK is hamstrung this way, period.
Without getting into the politics of it, or the economics of the state government, I can't think of anything that UK athletics less needs than an expanded Comm Stadium, especially at a price tag of $100M. We didn't even sell out the UL or UT games last year. It is crazy to even talk about expansion.
Refurbish, yes. Expand? No.
Would the "expansion" probably not be the much needed suites boxes?
Those are without a doubt a MAJOR revenue generator, I'm not saying that we need to enlcose another endzone with seating, but expanging the Suites on one end, and moving the press box up high, and turning the old press box level into PRIMO suites would be nothing but a good thing.
The more Suiites we have, the more upper crust that may fall in love with the football program and assist further financially.
To my knowledge, those weren't RIVERBOAT casinos but primarily HORSE TRACK casinos; i.e., it was a horse racing protection act.
Well, that may be what they were talking about. But $100M for more suites and a better press box? Wow. Those are top drawer prices.
Well..... Where are all the barnhart bashers in this thread? Of course they ignore the facts. Those of us based in reality have been trying to explain this for months. Mitch Barnhart operates in a much more difficult environment than any other ad in the sec.
Call it what you like, but sooner or later there will be neither in Kentucky. Once NY goes full tilt on purses, KY tracks will look a lot like River Downs.
Last year the figure often cited for what they want to do is $150M. It is gonna take a pretty extensive rebuild to get all this done, it aint as simple as slapping another row of luxury suites on top of the 20 already there, and then weld a press box onto one of the upper decks.
Likely one of the upper decks will have to be removed and completely rebuilt, maybe both to then do suites or club seats inbetween the lower & upper. They also want to incorporate the recruiting room into the stadium, where it would have an overlook over the field from one of the end zones.
I'll be 70 yrs old and we'll still be talking about these same issues. SMH I'm over it! Time to get ready for spring football.
I want casinos with the money to be distributed around the state, not to the horsemen preferentially.
I think that $100 million included the recruiting room at $7-8 million, a lot of infrastructure, club level seating, exterior improvements, as well as suites and press box.
Anyone waiting for the Kentucky State Legislature to do something that makes sense will be waiting a very long time. That goes for both major parties. I read that our state government was rated as one of the most poorly ran and corrupt in the nation.
Bingo!!! We are not talking about a paint job here.
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Nice picture Princeuk21.....very nice.
Man, after my diatribes, the least of which can be found here, including numerous emails to the Board, Barnhart and Capiluto, it's strange to find out, like this, that funding has been requested for some time now.
Strange, but comforting. As I read the article, while the budget wasn't approved as written by the House, there is some hope that some of the bonds (including renovations for CWS) will be restored in the budget by the Senate.
Kudos to those who were working behind the scenes to get something done, whoever they may be. Let's get the word out that our legislature is currently holding up funds to be used to improve our football facilities, and that our administration is at least making the attempt to do something for our football program.
This isn't accurate. The new press box with attached suites would be built as an indipendent structure from the rest of the stadium much like tennessee's and Georgia's.
You never ask for your exact, budgeted amount on a project, you start at the top and go down. I'm sure we could add luxury boxes for quite a bit less than $100 million, but there are a lot of upgrades that need to happen at CWS to keep us up with our conference peers and many of them don't include increased seating.
first of all... false
second, so what if they do, the money is made in the breeding sheds and the pasture space
And those states now use
Money from gambling for breeding incentives. Breeding has taken a bigger hit than actual racing in ky and breeding is where the jobs are created.
Cant imagine spending all that money for UofL and all their new facilities........football, baseball, basketball ..........and everything in between
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