SDHornet wrote:Mvemjsunpx wrote:
I don't think Sac State has gone beyond the talk phase on a new arena. PSU finally got their new arena, though. It's not big, but it's bigger than the old Stott Center and way nicer—of course, even Hornet Gym was nicer than the old Stott Center.
Define "talk phase".
President Nelsen highlighted 2 main capital improvement projects when he came on board in fall '16: a new science building and an events center. The science building opens fall '19. I think his full focus now goes towards getting the event center done. I'm encouraged that the event center gets done under Nelsen's leadership. I've heard we got some feasibility studies done, and I've heard we are in the fund raising stage (i.e. getting naming rights, large donations, etc). We'll see how it goes but we've got a mover and shaker occupying the Presidents office.
Two things that happened that moved the Pavilion from talk to action was the partnership established between PSU and OHSU (the big medical facility in Portland), and longtime Blazers radio personality Bill Schonely came on board. Simply put, the Pavilion would not have gone anywhere without the matching donation from OHSU. As for Schonely, he is like EF Hutton in Portland (when he talks, people listen), and every chance we had, he was there speaking on behalf of the project. He brought credibility to the project.