$35-40 million will buy you…

 

When it was reported last week that Tech had received a rather sizable donation to help renovate the seating at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, many of you wondered what in the world all that money was going to be spent on.

I did too.

So, I started to do some research.

Virginia’s new hoops palace, the John Paul Jones Arena, cost around $130 million and will seat 15k or so, almost twice as much as the old arena. 

So, there’s your benchmark. Now, Dan Radakovich already said they don’t want to turn AMC into a concert venue. Atlanta already has enough of those, and judging by JPJ’s price tag, a new arena won’t be in the works here. 

With that information, Wayne Hogan and I were discussing the possibilities Monday afternoon, as a pie in the sky exercise. 

Among the things that could be done: the roof could be raised to add more seats, as well as suites (where the big money is). But, AMC is already at 9,191, so do you want more seats?

Replacing all the bench seating with chairback seating would make the game-day experience more enjoyable, but would also reduce the number of seats, something I would think Tech wouldn’t want.

How about suites on the floor, a la Seattle’s Qwest Field, which has suites at one of the endzones. That could be pretty interesting and worth the dollars, seeing the players that up close.

How about suites with glass floors that would hang over the court, giving you an Xs and Os experience watching from above. Of course, it would also give you a crick in your neck.

In short, if you could redesign AMC, what you would do? Draw from your experiences at other arenas, both basketball and football.

 

 

Oh, and for all those you say I’m biased, my dad was digging around the house the other day and came across an old shoebox of photos. In that box he found a photo of a very, very young me, holding a football with a, you guessed it, Tech logo on it. Here it is:

140 comments Add your comment

Gordon

June 29th, 2009
6:06 pm

This is the same debate going on at UGA. I wouldn’t do anything. When we win, it’s the ThrillerDome. When we lose, there are empty seats and no energy. No one says to themselves “I would go to the game, but I just don’t like the arena”. We’re obviously not losing recruits because of the current arena either. If the money has to be spent on AMC, add suites that will eventually pay for themselves.

If Hewitt has a bad year, we can use the money to buy him out and then pay down debt on the BDS expansion.

Biff Pocoroba

June 29th, 2009
7:20 pm

As long as Hewitt is coach, we don’t need to add seats as the place is empty and dull. After Favors has his one and done year, we could use the money to buy curtains to hide all of the empty seats like the Atlanta Dream does. Then we could charge 75 cents for tickets like the Dream are doing tomorrow night.

GM

June 29th, 2009
7:21 pm

1) Buy out Hewitt’s contract.
2) Sign a good coach.
3) Figure out a way to get the people in the chairbacks to attend the games, or take their season tickets away from them.
4) Save the rest for something else.

Matt

June 29th, 2009
8:17 pm

A new coach is first priority, obviously. Second priority, I would say, is moving the roof upward and adding a new level of boxes, to have a place to entertain donors and to make money. Thirdly, TAKE AWAY THE CHAIRBACKS! Seriously…those things are never even close to full.

Court-level seating is an interesting idea…we even have the proper layout already in place to do it (all we’d need to do would be to take out the SWARM seats.

Scott

June 29th, 2009
8:26 pm

Why not add seats? We removed seats in 1996 during the last renovations. Build more student seating and boxes to pay for them.

Oh yeah, and fire Hewitt, already!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49999941705 (Fire Paul Hewitt)

alum06

June 29th, 2009
9:05 pm

Update the suites, fix the roof leak, and get rid of the bleachers on the floor and that white wall behind both baskets.

Justin

June 29th, 2009
9:10 pm

Update the sound and lighting.

founddog

June 29th, 2009
9:37 pm

buy security so the fans can get back to their cars ok since the APD isn’t protecting anybody.

TDone

June 29th, 2009
10:05 pm

To Foundog, I would be worried more about the UGAG professors over there in Athens if I were you.

superDawg

June 30th, 2009
12:24 am

I heard it was a good day for fishing for nerd turds and they were wrong the toilet was already flushed.

razerGT

June 30th, 2009
4:02 am

I have a few ideas, although not all of them may be feasible:

1) Remove the white walls behind the baskets and replace them with more seats. I really hate those walls.
2) Replace the current adspace between the team benches with something more modern… I dunno, maybe make it electronic?
3) A scoreboard in the center.
4) LED ribbon boards, maybe?
5) Change the center court logo to Buzz and the GT imposed over the state of Georgia. That would look awesome.

That’s all I can think of for right now.

Tokyo jacket

June 30th, 2009
4:03 am

Step 1: Fix anything that’s not working now (toilets, leaking roofs, etc)
Step 2: Anything that makes money and puts butts in seats, but I prefer skyboxes. It doesn’t have to seat 20,000 but make it look expensive.

Birmingham Buzz

June 30th, 2009
4:56 am

Add some boxes up top to generate dollars, then add seats/reconfigure seats encircling the court for students to create the same kind of “always in your face and ears” effect that the Cameron Crazies generate.

gtforever

June 30th, 2009
6:11 am

How about a GOOD basketball team? This would be a nice addition…..

Johnny dee

June 30th, 2009
6:26 am

Buy out Hewitss contract, get a top tier coach, put w’s on the board and all of a sudden the dome seems like a palace!

Razorjacket

June 30th, 2009
6:29 am

1) Add a coach to produce a team with an actual identity.
2) Move student section closer to the floor
3) Any suites keep in the upper level, the arena is small enough to see fine, and the seating areas not impeded.

Alabama Jack

June 30th, 2009
7:05 am

dawg fans suck

gtsux

June 30th, 2009
7:49 am

gt is still IRRELEVANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JacketFan

June 30th, 2009
8:03 am

After 8 years of season tickets I would love to have a chairback instead of a bench. But what I want more is hot water in the restrooms to wash your hands with!

William Casey

June 30th, 2009
8:15 am

Add more “regular guy” seats and move the students down close. Who cares about the corporate types who don’t know a basketball from a horse shoe? Let those guys discuss their deals at Tattletales.

rainman

June 30th, 2009
8:16 am

The best value would be to raise the roof enough to have a tier of suites. This would bring the program the most money and would enhance the venue for alternate events which also could be another source of revenue. Are there any engineers out there that could venture a guess as to how much this would cost?

tech

June 30th, 2009
8:18 am

Where did you dig up that picture on the front page? It looks like a high school game or women’s game. Is that the best you could find?

tech

June 30th, 2009
8:20 am

Nevermind, I see it now. It was the SEC championship that was played there. Great picture, that really is a great choice to put on the Tech home page.

William Casey

June 30th, 2009
8:20 am

Dear “gtsux”: our irrelevant basketball team will beat yours by about 40 points. That’s all I care about!

Sanjaya and Rosie O'Donell Love Georgia Tech

June 30th, 2009
8:26 am

I think GT fans should sit comfortably to watch their team get beat like a drum all year long.

BLAZER

June 30th, 2009
8:36 am

they should be worrying about even having a basketball team over their!

Techfanplus

June 30th, 2009
8:41 am

Doug, Give us a response about the photo. Had to be the SEC tourney. Same old AJC. It is really sad.

Doug Roberson

June 30th, 2009
9:00 am

My friends in digital were kind of enough to add that photo on ajc.com.
If I had to guess, based upon the crowd and the jersey colors, it would be from the SEC tourney.

Tech Fan

June 30th, 2009
9:09 am

Roberson:

Your bias is obvious. Of all the images the AJC has avialbel for
GT B-Ball and AMC, this is one the one chosen.

I will be among the Tech faithful to request that the GTAA “re-evaluate” the conditions of your access to GTAA personnel, facilities, players, and other resources at GT.

Disgusting.

seriously?

June 30th, 2009
9:15 am

you really suck doug.

Jo Jo McCall

June 30th, 2009
9:17 am

Well, first I’d take some dynamite and…

Doug Roberson

June 30th, 2009
9:22 am

Guys, I didn’t put the photo on there. I’ve asked for it to be changed.

Saint Simons

June 30th, 2009
9:24 am

Doug your fired!!!!!!!!!! you need to go back to Uga!

Too Easy

June 30th, 2009
9:26 am

Did rainman really ask if there are “any engineers out there…?” And give Doug a break – he said he didn’t have anything to do with the picture, and nothing in the blog has any negative gt connotations. Geez, you guys are paranoid. Worry about your athletic program finishing only 48th in the Directors Cup.

Saint Simons

June 30th, 2009
9:28 am

doug you make uga real proud!!!!!!!!!

Doug Roberson

June 30th, 2009
9:29 am

New photo should be up in a few minutes, according to my friends in digital.

Too Easy

June 30th, 2009
9:38 am

Funny…YOU telling US what to “worry” about. If that’s the case why don’t YOU worry about YOUR OWN TEAM and quit obsessing about Tech so much. No need to be on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket blog every day of your life. I mean, you are a die hard Dawg fan right? Then show some respect to your team and go talk about them. Ok Douchebag?

Class of '98

June 30th, 2009
9:42 am

“I did to.”?

Don’t they teach English at Tech?

Tar Heel

June 30th, 2009
9:49 am

Too Easy and Yellow Fuzz. Like two nerd peas in a pod.

Tech Fan

June 30th, 2009
9:51 am

Roberson:

This Blog/Beat or whatever that is YOUR repsonsibility. You should know.

I already made a screen print copy of the previous picture and will be forwarding it to the GTAA for their “consideration.”

This BS is gonna stop.

Tech Fan

June 30th, 2009
9:53 am

I’m telling!!!

I’m telling!!!

You’re in trouble mister!!

GT Alum

June 30th, 2009
9:58 am

Reorganize the “hive” seating. 10 dorks who have no clue about basketball on the floor represents the wrong Tech image. Have the entire student section accessible from the floor. Remove the score boards and add 300 seats to those sections. Central 4 sided score board instead. Redo sound system, it is ancient. Raise roof and add sky boxes rather than the high class parlor that is a waste of space and the current 9 boxes that appear cheap and small. Keep bench seating for student section (watch a crowd of students get hyped for a game in seat backs, kind of difficult). Pay Hewitt even more to actually develop players, not exhaust raw talent until it goes pro. Or buy him out.

The Grinch

June 30th, 2009
10:01 am

Okay, so the new photon shows two guys in hard hats and the caption reads “What would you add”?

1. Better fitting hard hats, or

2. The rest of the Village People.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

UGA fans love gymnastics and women' basketball

June 30th, 2009
10:03 am

Which is why you did so well in the “Director’s Cup…”

You can have your gymnastics, volleyball, women’s basketball, and equestrian titles.

We’ll just beat you in football and men’s basketball.

The Grinch

June 30th, 2009
10:03 am

To Saint Simons

Wow, the photo must have ticked you off!! You actually posted something other than 45-42 Hahahahahaha. Good work, Doug.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Doug Roberson

June 30th, 2009
10:04 am

and the new photo is now up. apologies for the previous one.

Back to AMC ideas, a new scoreboard would certainly enhance the experience, as would chairback seating. The more I think about it, the more I really like the idea of suites on the floor, all the way around the court, and very, very close to the action. Almost Cameron close. Begin the regular seating on top of the suites, so that the first row of fans are looking down slightly on the action. Kind of a Roman Colosseum feel to it, other than you couldn’t have recreate naval battles in AMC.

BTW, I added an old photo of me in the original blog that I thought yall might like.

Teal

June 30th, 2009
10:04 am

Pay Derrick Favors to stay more than one year…

The Grinch

June 30th, 2009
10:06 am

“….macho, macho man…..” sing along tech fans. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

June 30th, 2009
10:16 am

Doug, you must really be shaking in your shoes. After all, Tech Fan made a copy of the picture and forwarded it to the GTAA for their “consideration”. He then said, “This BS is gonna stop”. Veerrrryy intimidating. So authoritative and all……BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Hey Grinch

June 30th, 2009
10:18 am

How much of your day is dedicated to talking with Tech fans on the Georgia Tech Blog?

Seems like a lot….

Aren’t you a UGA fan?

Kinda sad you spend more time with us than with your own fans…

And now you’re singing Village People songs to be “clever”….

I love how sad this is getting….

Dont you douchebag?