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Old 01-22-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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The plan is to update all of the seats, the heating and air units and bring an ice rink back to the arena. The manager of the arena states that there has been a lot of interest in bringing hockey back to Huntington and there is also a rumor that MU wants to add hockey as a club sport. He also noted that these improvements would greatly increase the number of events coming into the arena as well.

This will be nice to see indeed.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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Bout damn time! I mean that place has some decent concerts, etc It desperately needs some revamping!
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:33 AM
 
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Point of interest... where is the money coming from?
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Federal bonds allocated to the county that then has to be allocated for local economic development projects. Cabell has to allocate the $9.1 million they received by Jan. 31 or they loose the money unless an extension is given, which they have asked for. $5.1 million is going to Huntington for the arena improvements and they plan to give the other $4 million to Huntington Tri-State Airport for further improvements there as long as this is allowed.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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The airport improvements especially sound like a good use for the money. I understand there is increased air traffic there between Huntington and Orlando in recent months. Most of those old civic centers need work these days. Many have largely been ignored for 30 or more years.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: 304
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yeah that sounds good

The Charleston Civic Center needs an update aswell

Both Charleston and Huntington should have modern arenas to encourage activities within!

This subject brings me to a question, how is Marshall's basketball arena doing as far as attendance
They are having a good year!
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Marshall is doing much better with basketball attendance as of late. For the UAB game last night, all reserved seating was sold out and the total attendance was listed as 8,111. Donny Jones has really turned the program in the right direction since he has been here and I'm sure it will continue with the type of players he is recruiting. Hassan Whiteside is leading the nation in blocks per game and is already predicted to be the second overall pick in the 2011 draft, if he chooses to go. He's a great player but definately has some room for improvement so I hope he sticks around.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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Sounds like there hasn't been much planning except "geez, January 31 is coming and we need to spend this money". Our government in action???
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:01 PM
 
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Kinda curious..has the arenas in Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling or even the WVU Coliseum been able to attract the big concerts in recent years such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Metallica, Hanna Montana & Jonas Brothers ( ah yeah but they sell the tickets ) and the like? Reason I ask I have been told that today many acts won't bother playing arenas that seat less than 15,000 and all four arenas fall below that number. However with that being said I am not sure exactly how much they stay true to that pledge since Elton John it does seem he has broke away from that rule from time to time such as his somewhat recent concert in Rapid City, South Dakota and that place isn't exactly Madison Square Garden.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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billybob, as far as i know, the civic arenas in WV do a pretty decent job of attracting concerts, especially of the country genre. And the Coliseum in Morgantown seats almost 16k, not including additional seating on the floor for concerts.
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