Post by Black PantherU on Feb 15, 2017 18:28:27 GMT -6
It looks like Cincinnati averages roughly 9300 per game over the last two-plus seasons. That makes the decision not really much of a decision at all.
Would you rather:
- Play in an arena 9 miles from campus, is practically brand new and has a capacity just under your annual average attendance?
- Play in an arena that is 3.5 miles from campus, is 40+ years old and has a capacity nearly double your average annual attendance?
Since NKU is still very new to the conference, some people here may not know it, but NKU's home of Highland Heights, Kentucky is a primary suburb of Cincinnati; it practically borders Cincinnati. This would basically be like getting moved out to a beautiful arena in West Allis, if the Miller Park Way/43rd Street doubled as a river and a state border.
Imagine if the Bradley Center were 15 years older - 15 years older in amenities, 15 years older in styling, 15 years older in architecture. Then imagine that the Bucks never played there, and it just had Marquette for about 10 years and the Admirals have been the primary tenant for decades. US Bank Arena is that building.
BB&T Arena is, on the other hand, incredibly modern. They wouldn't be in our conference if they hadn't gone out and built that facility to drive their move to Division I. NKU really took advantage of the move, not only building what is now BB&T Arena but also their soccer and baseball stadiums.
Fun fact I learned while researching this post: George Clooney attended NKU.