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SBD/October 21, 2013/Facilities
Published October 21, 2013
TAKING A GAMBLE: In Ottawa, Mark Sutcliffe writes it is "hard to imagine that the city will change course" on allowing Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk to build a casino at the Canadian Tire Centre, but "perhaps Melnyk is still hoping the matter isn’t completely closed." Even if Melnyk "can't get council to reconsider its plans for gambling, there's a broader discussion between the team and the city that has to take place about the future of the Senators and their arena." Sutcliffe: "Could the city and the Senators work together to build a new arena in a more central location? If city hall can’t give Melnyk a casino, can it partner with him a development site that cannot only house a new stadium but create the additional revenue stream he says the Senators need to be sustainable?" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/21).
TIGER RAG: The AP reported Clemson Univ. trustees are "starting the ball rolling to rebuild Littlejohn Coliseum" in time for the '16-17 basketball season. School trustees gave "pre-concept approval for the project on Friday, meaning the athletic department and boosters can commission further studies and start fund-raising." Clemson AD Dan Radakovich said that "rebuilding Littlejohn will cost" between $60-$80M (AP, 10/18).