|Subject: Status on stunning new facilities at BU, Fordham needs to think about response|
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Date Posted: 10:38:58 12/20/04 Mon
BU's new Agannis basketball and hockey arena opened last night. Here's a link to their website with info on coming events, and most importantly the computer-generated images of various facilities and amenities.
Here's a link to the BU website which describes this fitness and recreation facility (and all accompanying services), and shows some computer-generated images
If there is anyone out there who is not yet convinced of the need for a new fitness and recreational facility, to say nothing of a new basketball facility/Convocation center, you should really check out both of those facilities.
BU has most certainly set a new standard for all other colleges to meet in regards to student amenities. Fordham needs to have some sort of response.
I believe Fordham should make up a very long-range plan (10-20 years) to totally rebuild the entire north part of our campus. In other words, everything north of Constitution Row (except the Prep of course) would be demolished and an entirely new Student Activity/Conference and Classroom/Fitness & Recreational/Athletic complex be built in its place.
This would be very expensive and will take at least ten years or more to raise the funds. By then even the incremental upgrades Fordham has already made (FieldTurf, lights, lockerrooms, dugouts, etc.) will have been paid off, dated and replaceable. I think whatever Fordham builds will have to be very vertical as well, as much as zoning and the Gardens will allow.
BU had a lot of land (which they acquired over the years, ahem is anyone at Fordham listening?) to build these facilities (they had a huge parking lot and the old Armory which they tore down). Fordham doesn't have any "spare" land and therefore would be forced to make some very strategic decisions about what sports to keep on campus, what to move off campus, and what to discontinue. In an ideal world (land grant or Ivy League) we would already have all the land we need but that just isn't the case.
Whoever is working on the strategic plan for completion in 2005 should really head up to BU, MIT, and Northeastern to see what we are competing against.
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- Thanks for posting this, it's very helpful. But I have a correction. It will NOT take 10 years to raise the funds for a Convocation Center and Recreation Complex. A new Campus Center is a given because that's been discussed already. But what's most critical to consider is that these buildings can be built BEFORE the funds are fully raised. Rarely are college facilities built only after all funds for their construction are raised. (NT) -- Rambacker, 15:48:44 12/20/04 Mon
- Amazing fitness center: “lazy river” for jogging against a water current, climbing wall, elevated 1/8-mile jogging track, etc. Boston University is one of Fordham’s direct competitors for students. In fact, its listed by the Princeton Review as one of the schools Fordham students “also apply to”. With the construction of the new fitness center, as well as the arena, the competition has just gotten a lot stiffer. Here’s link to the fitness center’s “features” page -- Click here. (NT) -- ramMan, 16:31:33 12/20/04 Mon
- Is this a change of thinking on your part? Aren't you the poster who used to tell us that the administration had all sorts of "mission critical" proposals that took priority over athletic and recreational facilities? Didn't you advise us to stop fantasizing about a new basketball arena or football stadium until we consistently have overflow crowds in the current ones? Have you found the faith? Or am I thinking of someone else? (NT) -- JCC, 20:12:43 12/20/04 Mon
- If the past is any indication, Fordham won’t be constructing new athletic buildings anytime soon. In the last two decades, the University has added approximately 1.1 million square feet of academic and residential space. In that time, the only new construction devoted to athletics was the 3,200-square-foot Walsh Athletic Training Center, which was completely funded by alumni donations ($500,000 from Bill Walsh ’51 which was matched dollar for dollar by members of the Gridiron Club). More below… (NT) -- ramMan, 18:20:41 12/21/04 Tue