We disagree; no biggie.
A problem I see with renovating the Armory... there isn't really any parking over there.
I have watched a few matches in Forker. That is a good facility. Two courts should be enough for a varsity team.
150 spaces isn't enough to host a big 12 wrestling meet though...
Since most wrestling is either Friday night or Sunday, most normal campus lot policies wouldn't be in effect.
Lot 22 - Team/staff/media
Lot 21 - Top donors
Lots 11, 12 - Secondary donors
Lots 9, 10, 27, 28, 29 - General public
Lot 6 (not shown, just south of 9) - General public
Those distances to the venue would be comparable to the current setup at Hilton.
One of JP's stated goals was for ISU to break into the Director's Cup Top 25 all-sports rankings - volleyball's rise has certainly help us rise up from oblivion. It is imperative that they get a facility of their own to prove to recruits that the sport is serious here.
So basically there is only a few options for the remaining sports?
1. Change nothing.
2. Work something out with the university and pimp out existing spaces and make them better with combination of the $53 Million upgrade. I think this would be the best option until they can get funding later.
3. Shuffle some people around and try and take ownership of the armory (which would probably cost more than just putting up a $5 Million facility.
So practice areas:
Football has The practice fields and the Bergstrom Indoor facility.
MBB/WBB - New Practice Facility
Cross Country has their course and the Lied Rec Center winter
Womens/Mens Golf - Own course, but what do they do in winter?
Gymnastics - Beyer (do they have their own lockers etc.)?
Softball - its own field. Is there lockerrooms out there? Do they practice at Lied in winter?
Soccer - Field, Winter Lied? Do they have their own locker area etc.??
Swimming and Diving - Beyer
Tennis - Forker Courts/ Ames Raquet and Fitness -(This sport needs a lot of work, but how much do you put into it?)
Wrestling - Lied - Make it look better and they would be good.
Volleyball - Forker? Give them a locker room and area in Forker?
I guess I am really only seeing problems with Volleyball and Gymnastics and Tennis. The others will get a face lift with the Rec Upgrade.
Track - Substandard track - our outdoor track is in total disrepair (I see they don't even include a photo of it on cyclones.com). We haven't hosted an outdoor meet in several years. Unbelievable.
Swimming - Substandard pool - we have an old 25-meter pool in Beyer; most schools have 50-meter pools now. The athletic department's plan to build a 50-meter pool as part of the new campus rec facility was scrapped because they didn't have the money ($10-15 million).
Softball - Substandard ballpark - we have, from what some visiting fans have told me, the worst facility in the conference. We don't even have lights. High schools in Iowa have better ballparks than we do.
The scoreboard at the track still has the team name captions from the Big Eight. Beyer isn't even a 25-meter pool -- it's 25 yards. Diving didn't have a platform (just 1m and 3m) until very recently. Softball has no permanent restroom or locker facility, and the only running water may be what they use to wet down the infield. Concessions are sold out of a trailer.
Softball and soccer have both used the IPF for practices on occasion.
Also, I'm not sure why so many people have the idea that the new rec renovations are going to help the athletic department. With minor exceptions, the additions and renovations are for student use only, not for athletic department use. I'd have to go back and look through Daily articles, but I don't believe Athletics has much to do with the renovation/addition. They've been involved in all the talks, of course, but the whole point is to get more space that students can use all the time, instead of being turned away because a team is practicing. There will be upgrades at Beyer, of course, which will help out gymnastics (and now with the BB facility, maybe volleyball as well) but that's pretty much it.
I wonder if we will have to give up cyclone club benefits to get facilities for wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics. Donors at captains and above get free admission to those sports (if general admission seating is available). You can't make money if you're not charging people to see you play.