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    Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Hi guys. I'd really like to see the bowling of the endzone in JTS soon, as all of us would. I don't have much to offer, but is there a particular donation fund for this purpose? I'd only want to give this extra amount if I knew it was going to be used to expand the stadium. Thanks and Go ISU.


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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    I do not think so at this point.

    You could email JP and ask.



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    There is no reason to have a public donation fund until at least one MAJOR (as in eight figures) donor is secured.



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    I am interested as to where this project stands as well. If you do send an e-mail could you please share it. Thanks.



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    There is no reason to have a public donation fund until at least one MAJOR (as in eight figures) donor is secured.
    awesome. I am willing to contribute $10.000000

    can we get this started?



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Its not even really being considered at this point, Poor attendance in 2009's final two contests, specifically against Oklahoma State, a ranked opponent on a beautiful Saturday afternoon when a win would have made us bowl eligible, it really sends a strong message about our ability (and need) to sell enough tickets to support bowling in the end zone. Wish that was not the case but until we can demonstrate that we can sell the number of tickets it takes to do something like that, than we will have to make do with what we have. We simply can't even come close to putting a business plan together to support the annual debt service on that project with that kind of attendance.



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUclones33 View Post
    Its not even really being considered at this point, Poor attendance in 2009's final two contests, specifically against Oklahoma State, a ranked opponent on a beautiful Saturday afternoon when a win would have made us bowl eligible, it really sends a strong message about our ability (and need) to sell enough tickets to support bowling in the end zone. Wish that was not the case but until we can demonstrate that we can sell the number of tickets it takes to do something like that, than we will have to make do with what we have. We simply can't even come close to putting a business plan together to support the annual debt service on that project with that kind of attendance.
    Isnt it more about making the hillsides a more comfortable option than sitting on the ground and making the stadium more closed in all the way around? I dont think anybody wants to drastically increase the amount of people the Jack Trice can hold, its more that more people will come to watch a game if they are provided, oh idk, a seat.....



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUclones33 View Post
    Its not even really being considered at this point, Poor attendance in 2009's final two contests, specifically against Oklahoma State, a ranked opponent on a beautiful Saturday afternoon when a win would have made us bowl eligible, it really sends a strong message about our ability (and need) to sell enough tickets to support bowling in the end zone. Wish that was not the case but until we can demonstrate that we can sell the number of tickets it takes to do something like that, than we will have to make do with what we have. We simply can't even come close to putting a business plan together to support the annual debt service on that project with that kind of attendance.
    If my memory serves me correct, bowling in the south endzone isn't going to increase seating capacity very much, considering we are basically just taking away the hillsides and moving those people to the endzone.
    This renovation doesn't have anything to do with increasing seating capacity at JT, but rather making JT stadium an actual "stadium". Right now, its just a glorified high school stadium. We need an actual Big 12 stadium to sell to recruits and stay up to date with facilities.


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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    I agree with you 100% that we "need" a big 12 stadium, However, my previous points are just echos of high ups in our athletic department, that is the way it is viewed from within.

    Winning a Bowl Game certainly will help the cause, but until we can come up with a feasible debt service to construct such a project, and butts in the seats in November, its just not going to happen.

    Of course, if someone writes a $60,000,000 check to Iowa State University Athletic Department, and puts South Endzone Renovations in the memo line, Jamie Pollard wont worry about butts in the seats.
    Until that happens, butts in the seats (or lack thereof) is whats going to fund the debt service to build that endzone.



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Got my first time homebuyer tax credit early this morning. $60 mil between 45,000 fans is only $1,333.34 I'll step up. :)




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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Got my first time homebuyer tax credit early this morning. $60 mil between 45,000 fans is only $1,333.34 I'll step up. :)
    I think Pollard could start a "grass roots" (literally) type system to get this started. I don't think I would donate $1,300, but I would chip in a few Benjamins. I would also assume that there would be some other ISU fans that are well off that would even donate more.

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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Also, I would rather donate to the Jack Trice Stadium Fund, than ISU Alumni. At least I know my money is going towards something tangible.


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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    I don't think the actual butt's in seat is holding the AD back from making this happen. I think since the economy is down and donations are hard to come by, the AD is not making it a priority right now to make this happen. Also, just because there are not many people at these games does not mean that those seats have not been sold. The AD, while having people attain games is important, they probably care more about just selling the seats.



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ace000087 View Post
    I think Pollard could start a "grass roots" (literally) type system to get this started. I don't think I would donate $1,300, but I would chip in a few Benjamins. I would also assume that there would be some other ISU fans that are well off that would even donate more.

    JP, are you listening?
    you know, i agree with this and wonder why it can't be done. ISU in generaly has the $800M fund-raising project going on right now and have secured almost all of it. Why can't the athletic department embark on a similar project with a goal of $50M or so for just the south endzone? Contact everyone in the Cyclone Club to see if they could/would donate an additional $X.00 for the project and also advertise the drive at games, etc. I remember someone on here a while back was saying that JP was sending letters to higher-level donors doing this. Apparently, they didn't get the job done, but I'm sure JP secured some funds for this. Why not open it up to mid-level and lower-level donors to see what we can get?



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    Re: Donations to ISU Athletic Dept.

    Quote Originally Posted by SCNCY View Post
    I don't think the actual butt's in seat is holding the AD back from making this happen. I think since the economy is down and donations are hard to come by, the AD is not making it a priority right now to make this happen. Also, just because there are not many people at these games does not mean that those seats have not been sold. The AD, while having people attain games is important, they probably care more about just selling the seats.
    Essentially this is what I intended to portray when I said "butts in seats" Actual sales obviously are what would contribute. Also you're correct with the economy, Its just not feasible right now.

    I want this just as much as the next guy, but until we get a substantial chunk of change for it, or a B12 championship. Its going to be later rather than sooner. That's just the truth.


    Also, as far as setting aside a donation fund specifically for the South Endzone project, I think with a moderate amount of success this season, JP would feel more comfortable going out on a limb like that.


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