[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Today on KSR, State Senate President David Williams was kind enough to talk to Matt regarding what it would take to expand Commonwealth Stadium. You can listen to the interview by checking out the 1st hour of the podcast. It did have a KSR feel to it as David Williams’ iphone continually bleeped, and there was an Emergency Alert System test soon after Williams made his most affirmative statement of the interview.
The main question in fact was Would David Williams and the Senate back a renovation of Commonwealth that would require state bonding? Mitch Barnhart put the ball in Williams’ corner in his interview with Matt, stating that the House and Governor would approve the bill, and the Senate Leadership specifically would turn it down. Williams used KSR today to publicly announce that he, along with the Senate, would support an expansion of the Stadium if presented with a formal financial plan from the University.
In Black/White Terms: Williams’ support is really the final piece to the puzzle in acquiring these bonds. If University officials have a plan ready for next year’s General Assembly, renovations could be completed as early as the 2014 season, but conservatively 2015.
What’s Getting in the way:
1. Loserville. Williams’ seemed worried about UofL’s ability to payback their loan for the Yum! Center. According to Mitch Barnhart, the revenue for the Stadium will be self-sufficient, making it “easy” to payback the loan.
2. Barnhart. So he’s not technically hindering the project, but now that Williams has publicly stated affirmation for supporting the project, Barnhart now has to rebuttal. I believe Mitch has done well as of late and I hope he does not drop the ball on this one, and keep our football program in the dumpster of the SEC.
3. Excitement for the program. Our approach at getting this stadium is from the whiny, losing approach. We blame SEC misfortunes on our facilities. While that is true Kentucky still has the potential to be out of the gutter and at least competing with the South Carolina’s of the group. If we win just a few big games and get excitement for the program up, a stadium will go up in less than half the time. Louisville is the best example. They had an expansion ready almost immediately after their Orange Bowl win. It was built quickly (even though it’s basically empty) and now Louisville has an extremely credible Stadium to complement their program.
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