A-Day and spring practice are behind us, but there are still plenty of questions to answer about Alabama football. The players are away from the team to focus on finishing classes, recovering and personal development before summer workouts begin. Here we’ll take a look at a question each day. Check out our archives here. We will answer an Alabama basketball question in this edition.
Should Alabama basketball renovate Coleman Coliseum or build a new arena?
While speaking at SEC meetings on Wednesday, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne told reporters that Alabama is “leaning more to renovation” of Coleman Coliseum, but added nothing has been finalized, according to Tuscaloosa News columnist Cecil Hurt.
First, there are a ton of things that must fall into place for an athletic department to build a completely new facility. Money must be raised, space must be found. Do you tear down and build in the same area? Or do you try to find a new place on campus to build? Those are just a few of the many steps.
All that said, it’s time for Alabama to build a basketball arena. I’m not suggesting destroying Coleman because it holds plenty of events, including gymnastics and graduations. Alabama should take a page out of Auburn’s book and build something similar to Auburn Arena. There, fans are right on top of the court, and the atmosphere is electric.
It’s not like that inside Coleman. There just isn’t a real home-court advantage.
Who am I to tell the university how to spend its money? Well, if there’s room in the budget, it’s time to give the basketball team a new arena with fewer seats than in Coleman so Avery Johnson and the Crimson Tide can have an overwhelming home-court advantage as other teams around the SEC do.
Alabama AD Greg Byrne said Wednesday that basketball facility plan at UA was “leaning more to renovation” of Coleman Coliseum but added that no plan has been finalized yet.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) May 30, 2018
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