- December 9th, 2017, 9:17 am
I don't know about the size of the new arena. However, less seating capacity wouldn't be a downgrade. The new facility is likely to be ultra modern, have top notch amenities, and offer a much better in game experience.
While the trend in football stadiums (for now) may be to go bigger, the trend in college basketball has certainly been the opposite. The toughest places for opponents to play aren't mega domes. By putting people in a smaller, fuller arena, the gameday atmosphere flourishes. VCU was a decent program with little to no fan support in Richmond for a couple of decades, playing in an outdated, much too large arena (sound familiar?). They would give away tickets to anyone and any group they could. Then they build a small, modern place that created a real atmosphere. Within 5 years it was one of the toughest places to play in the nation, and has an ongoing sellout streak of years.
That isn't a downgrade. It's a huge upgrade. The Vines was a great idea in 1990. It was built for what we needed and could afford back then. The new home for Flames Basketball is going to be amazing. Go ahead and get your season tickets, bc it won't be easy in a few years.
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