SBD/August 16, 2012/Colleges

Wisconsin-Milwaukee AD Andy Geiger Making Facility Renovation A Top Priority

A little more than “three months into the job of fixing an athletic department, Andy Geiger is "seeing more clearly what he got himself into” as Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee AD, according to Michael Hunt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. He has already “gotten the men's basketball team out of downtown and back on campus at the Klotsche Center.” Geiger on Tuesday said, "It wasn't a matter of negotiating or being unhappy with anything or anybody at U.S. Cellular (Arena). It was a matter of us developing our identity and trying to create an environment that is collegiate." UWM did “not make the Wisconsin Center District happy, but it is the kind of independent thinking UWM has needed for a long time.” Geiger said that the next step is “the construction of a practice facility for men's and women's basketball in the Klotsche parking lot.” Then UWM could “move forward with its long-term plan to build an on-campus multipurpose arena.” Geiger "sees the practice facility happening within three to five years, with the arena following.” The next priorities on Geiger's list are “a new baseball stadium and an indoor track/multipurpose facility closer to campus.” But the first thing is “getting the Klotsche ready for Horizon League basketball in a few months.” Geiger said that he had to “address concerns such as parking and convincing season-ticket holders there were enough good restaurants in the area.” UWM has “bought new scoreboards and video boards.” Geiger said, "We are what we are, a 3,500-seat pullout bleacher facility. But that doesn't mean we can't have a great home-court setting" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/15).
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