Friday, June 01, 2007

Catamounts Closer to New Multipurpose Arena.

“Mounted” high on the recent success of the basketball and hockey teams, and riding the coattails of a 57 game home hockey sellout streak, the Vermont Catamounts are apparently closer to a new 6,500 seat facility that will house the hockey and basketball programs, the College Hockey News reports.

Recently, the University completed a series of “feasibility tests,” along with the drawing of preliminary blueprints and diagrams for the new facility.

AD Bob Corran told the Burlington Free Press that, “… the same lockers are in (Gutterson Fieldhouse) as were there the day the place opened. Our fitness center is overcrowded, all the recreation space is overcrowded, (and) our intramural leagues are oversubscribed. There is a demand for more space.”

The new facility will be the primary hockey home for the Catamounts upon its completion, taking the place of the 4,035 seat, nearly 45-year-old Gutterson Fieldhouse (pictured above). Both Gutterson Fieldhouse and Patrick Gymnasium, the basketball facility, will remain standing after the new facility is completed.

The new facility is projected to cost $50 to $60 million dollars.

(Photo courtesy of: http://www.uvm.edu/athletics)

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