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    I got to talk to Jamie Pollard about the possibility of a "Second Deck" being added onto the south endzone expansion. He said they are certainly looking at the idea, but calls it a long shot, then goes on to explain that if we dont try then it cant happen for sure. The total cost of the remaining stadium work, including the second deck will approach 60 Million dollars. This is our calling for another big thing to happen. We really need to reach out to some alums and show them the possibilities



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    Personally, I say bowl in the south end zone as currently planned, meaning just the "lower level". Give it a season or two to see how well it fills up with fans, then, if the crowd is there, build the second level. I just don't want to build a second level on the bowled-in section and see it sit empty for most of its lifetime.

    I like how Minnesota is building their new stadium--with room for expansion, if the crowd is there.


    On the other hand, I do realize that putting off a second level will only raise the costs due to inflation and the rising cost of everything these days. Just my opinion.



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    Hopefully they will come out with a rendering to help sell the vision. ISU will obviously need an anchor donor, but I think they need to come up with some creative ways to get the average joe involved, such as selling personalized bricks with donors names for $100 or $200....etc. Did he say anything on a time line for the MBB practice facility?



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    Re: Cyclones, Pull out your checkbook

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    Personally, I say bowl in the south end zone as currently planned, meaning just the "lower level". Give it a season or two to see how well it fills up with fans, then, if the crowd is there, build the second level. I just don't want to build a second level on the bowled-in section and see it sit empty for most of its lifetime.

    I like how Minnesota is building their new stadium--with room for expansion, if the crowd is there.


    On the other hand, I do realize that putting off a second level will only raise the costs due to inflation and the rising cost of everything these days. Just my opinion.
    I agree with this. Unless something drastic happens in the way of attendance in the next year or so - I'd find the money that would be spent on a 2nd level for the south end zone to be better spent elsewhere.



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    Re: Cyclones, Pull out your checkbook

    Quote Originally Posted by goldmember View Post
    Hopefully they will come out with a rendering to help sell the vision. ISU will obviously need an anchor donor, but I think they need to come up with some creative ways to get the average joe involved, such as selling personalized bricks with donors names for $100 or $200....etc. Did he say anything on a time line for the MBB practice facility?
    I like the names on the bricks idea. I think people would jump at that. I know I would.



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    I hope we dont put a second deck on. No way is there enough ISU fans that would attend FB games in that case.. unless we 100% get rid of hillside seats and sell cheap endzone seats.

    Why do I have a bad feeling about the south endzone and practice facility never getting done?



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    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    I like the names on the bricks idea. I think people would jump at that. I know I would.

    I would too. Im all for it.



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    Id rather give my 200 dollars and let them keep the brick. More money for the football stadium.



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    if you build it they will come ;)



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    Re: Cyclones, Pull out your checkbook

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    Id rather give my 200 dollars and let them keep the brick. More money for the football stadium.
    They do keep the brick. The idea is that your name goes on the brick in the stadium...


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    Quote Originally Posted by clonefromNE View Post
    They do keep the brick. The idea is that your name goes on the brick in the stadium...

    I believe he is implying that, it cost money to engrave a brick, but would be a good pitch none the less, for people to spend money



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    I agree build it with the second deck. It might lower ticket costs a little if there is enough private donation to build it. Make up the cost in volume. More people may buy if it is more affordable to them. There are a lot of ISU alums who are not in "high dollar" jobs. Unfortunately EIU puts out doctors and other folk who can afford to blow there money on that crap they call a football team.


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    Does anyone know when groundbreaking on the south endzone for SURE begins?



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    Re: Cyclones, Pull out your checkbook

    Personally, I would rather see the Athletic Facility done first. State Gym has got to be one of the worst practice facilities in all of D-1. It's great for students, but not student-athletes.



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    I think a lot to do with the slow fundraising is that nobody actually knows if/when these will for sure happen. I know a lot of people wont throw their money at something if there are no legit plans set.



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