Thursday, July 10, 2008

Gas prices now affecting football?

Rising costs might curb Rutgers stadium expansion

Rising costs are forcing Rutgers University officials to take a hard look at their $102 million football stadium plans in Piscataway. According to published reports, bids for the second phase of the project have come in higher than anticipated. Skyrocketing prices for fuel, concrete and steel are blamed.

Rutgers president Richard McCormack tells The Star-Ledger of Newark reducing the number of seats would be a last resort as they evaluate options.

Instead of reducing the number of seats, Rutgers officials are toying with the idea of making sure fans DON'T come to games until the entire expansion project can be completed.

These ideas include:
  • bringing back Terry Shea and assuring some stadium emptying 1-10 seasons,
  • Don Imus as Grand Marshall of the homecoming parade
  • advertising 'gang members get in free' games around the Newark and Camden campuses

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