Yesterday, Matt talked about the extended process that is being undertaken in regards to the new basketball arena debate and today, Eamonn Brennan of ESPN weighed in as well. He went through all the typical talking points: the chicken bucket, economic times, Barnhart and Gray looking in Indianapolis and Columbus, new arena district vs. updates to Rupp, but he also threw in an intriguing question at the end that I hadn’t considered to this point. From the article:
Stadium debates can be fascinating for what they say about our economic times and the importance of sports in the public consciousness. But they’re especially interesting because of the emotions they inspire in the fan bases affected. Will Kentucky fans really be OK with leaving Rupp Arena? Or are the ties just too deep?
I never considered that as an issue. If we can start selling out and making new memories in state of the art facility, I can get past the fact that we’d be out of Rupp. What do you think? Are your emotional ties to Rupp Arena so great that you wouldn’t want new arena to be constructed? Would that even be one of your reasons against the construction of a new facility?