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SBD/June 7, 2011/Events and Attractions
Alaska Proposes $2.5M Subsidy To Help Great Alaska Shootout Attract Teams, TV Deal
Published June 7, 2011
NEW LAIR FOR THE SEAWOLVES? UAA Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Bill Spindle Friday said that "groundbreaking for UAA's $109 million on-campus arena could happen this summer." In Alaska, Beth Bragg noted the arena would "replace the school's aging Wells Fargo Sports Complex, which opened in 1978 -- right after UAA joined the NCAA," and would be "home to 11 of UAA's 12 teams." Sullivan Arena, "which seats about 6,500 for hockey and more for basketball, would remain the home of UAA hockey and the Great Alaska Shootout." The "long hurdle" following the UAA Board of Regents' approval of the project "is a potential veto" by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. About a third of the project's funding, or $34M, "would come from the capital budget passed by the Legislature." Spindle: "We're waiting to see what the governor does, but no matter what he does, we're going to begin the design process. Our goal is to have this built by the summer of 2014" (ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, 6/5). Also in Alaska, Dermot Cole wrote when Parnell "starts looking for items to veto, he should not overlook the extra $34 million Anchorage lawmakers slipped into the budget to increase the price" of the arena. Promoters of the project want a "building capable of seating 5,600 people instead of 3,600 people," but UAA "draws 600-900 people to most of its home basketball games, excluding the Great Alaska Shootout" (FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER, 6/4).