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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:10 pm  Reply with quote
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Additional time-lapse video on MHoc twitter page:

https://twitter.com/Colgate_Hockey

Would like to see COLGATE written along the boards...somewhere...everywhere?!

About time the gravel-mud bowl parking lot is paved, should have been done long before the arena was built.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:26 pm Reply with quote
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Disappointed with the infrequent updates via pics or videos of the NAF.  The communication to the public has been sporadic at best with many lame pics.  The excuse of not having an interior cam due to ongoing construction is ridiculous.  As a loyal patron and alum, the athletic department fell short on keeping the public visually informed and tweets regarding how many days until the Arena opens do not suffice IMO.  As of today, still looks like a lot of work to do but know they will get the job done!

Had to email my seat preference to Kenny Copps; how can out-of-town ticket holders possibly come to campus to select a seat on a Monday between 4 & 7pm?!  He replied immediately and said my preference would likely be granted, great guy!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:09 am Reply with quote
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I agree entirely. Where is the marketing savvy?

It's obvious that Vicky and staff think this is just a construction project to be delivered on time and on budget - as they like to tweet.

And that's it?! That's the best we can do? I hope not... After all, how is Murray going to raise enthusiasm and bucks for future athletics projects if this narrow minded approach suggests they take for granted their supporters?

As I posted way earlier in this thread, I hope that Murray, under this new president's direction, takes this matter seriously when he wants to renovate Reid with a much-needed additional indoor practice facility in Starr's place.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:34 am Reply with quote
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People are very upset about the three hour window on a Monday from 4-7 PM. At least do it on a weekend ffs.
Hoping the rink gets finished on time, I noticed they worked on Saturday yest(union)?
The woman have a game in 13 days, one week before !
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:23 am Reply with quote
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It better be finished! I was guaranteed tix for Oct. 1st.....plus that's Homecoming with football game and other athletic contests wrapped around the dedication of the Riggs Rink at 11 AM Saturday.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:22 am Reply with quote
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The walk thru is this Monday, women play a exhibition game against Toronto in nine days. Anyone know if there's ice on Starr ? Are they practicing at the new rink ?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:43 am Reply with quote
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Ice went in on August 23rd.  Not sure what people were hoping for in terms of updates but I think the staff has done a pretty good job of putting out regular updates through twitter.  They aren't anything in depth but, having been around a few big construction projects, the reality is "exciting" things are pretty rare.  Cumulative process with small steps adding up.  Curious to hear what specifically those who wanted more would have liked to see.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:26 am Reply with quote
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What do supporters of the largest project at Athletics in decades expect to see?

Speaking for myself, and bearing in mind that the last update on the athletics website is dated April, I would have liked periodic coverage of milestones reached in terms of the planners' original timeline such as when the ice was going down and what contingencies were in place. That way we could all experience the excitement with more context than tweets would offer.

Today the curious and off campus viewers of this site learned that fabled Starr is still in service, bandaids and all, and that ice has been available for a few weeks now so as to ensure that our teams are in shape for competition. That's part of what I am talking about.

I am on campus now so I can see what's what and also see up close what even the webcam cannot show clearly. There is still significant
panelling work to be done on the exterior beige wall panels, faux wood panels and ceiling panels near and above the entrance. The entrance hall, as you may have seen in recent tweets, has its ceiling done although I am not sure about the flooring. The lobby's main wall around the ticket sales area is still bare plasterboard. The drainage area to the northeast of the arena on College Street was excavated a couple of days ago.

As has been the case for the past couple of weeks, I imagine that tomorrow will be a full work day as the crew prepare for next week's
visit by ticket season purchasers. You can see that the effort is concentrated and focused on this final stretch.

One of the most impressive changes is when you step back and take in the extensive work to the Fred Dunlap stands underway, the new
paved parking lot for the arena and Andy Kerr and the new heavy gage and attractive fencing along College Street from the arena towards the stadium's endzone. All worthy of coverage.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:37 am Reply with quote
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Heard they screwed up the color of the ice, too dark in a big area. Wouldn't think this is a big problem. They are actually working today(Sunday), hmmmm, this is a bit worrisome.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:47 pm Reply with quote
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I had a chance to visit the new arena today in connection with the preview and seat selection for season ticket holders. As you may know, the first exhibition game is this Sunday with the season's first game on 1 Oct., Homecoming Weekend, with women vs New Hampshire and men vs Army, the same day as football vs Cornell, as well as volleyball, soccer and field hockey and club rugby that weekend.

So with 5 days to go the plan is "Go BIG or go home!" The arena - its appointments, that massive scoreboard, the seating sight lines, wide concourses, steep angles down to seating rows and the seamless glass, lobby, lounge, press facilities and office areas - is extremely impressive. At one end zone along the concourse and opposite the VIP lounge are 10 foot high block maroon COLGATE letters. There are stylized logos on the walls, All America jerseys and dedication plaques. No signage for concessions (I never understood what we were conceding) but a simple and stylish vertical sign with an arrow "Eat". The punters and staff who also had their first look-in today are all excited!

The ground floor entrance lobby is not finished although the locker areas, meeting rooms, offices and training rooms for the 6 teams which will occupy the building are ready or very close. Just now the men's ice hockey team tweeted photos of their locker and team rooms.

Anyway, and for now, its capacity is similar to Starr Rink, but that's the only overlap. It is incredible. Even the blue lines are extreme blue. Just remarkable and no doubt a game changer for Colgate's students, the wider community and recruits for the 6 teams- ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse.

I wish I could supply some photos to whet your appetites but I expect that the teams or Sports Information will do so soon. Can't wait to see the building in few days when it's completed for the No. 8 women's ice hockey exhibition vs Toronto Aeros!

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Ps- Zappa, the ice looks fine.
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