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Old April 19th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #101
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Looks good. When is the first event supposed to be held there? This Summer? or Fall? Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress of this project over the past two years, or so.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #102
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Looks good. When is the first event supposed to be held there? This Summer? or Fall? Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress of this project over the past two years, or so.
thanks! good to know people are keeping up with the project. the arena is scheduled to open in november.... right now they have butler battling the aces in the first game of the season on november 12th. no concert dates have been announced, but they hired a new management firm to tackle that so i hope to hear something soon.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 06:14 AM   #103
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Hmmm.... should be a good revenge game for Butler after losing to Evansville at Hinkle Fieldhouse this past season. Hope they get some decent concerts coming through Southwest Indiana.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:03 PM   #104
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here are a couple of new aerial shots posted at the official arena site. you can see the old hotel and garage under demolition. the garage is completely down now and they are getting ready to excavate the site for the new hyatt place hotel and an underground garage.



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Old May 19th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #105
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the 'vibrant river' sculpture has been selected as the plaza artwork for the new arena. the announcement was made late last month but i missed it in the local media. i actually liked all of the finalists so i'm sure this was a tough decision by the committee. the city is also working to secure the 'standing light sphere' for the interior of the arena (possibly as a hanging sculpture in the main lobby).

full press release:
http://www.evansvillearenaproject.co...ansville-arena

'vibrant river' by roger stoller:


'standing light sphere' by philip vaughan:
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 06:57 AM   #106
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looks like some changes for the hotel development. the kunkel group has taken a leadership role on the project since the original developer was having issues with financing, but an agreement has yet to be reached. technically, woodruff still has the contract until the end of the month. if they fail to work out a deal, the city is opening up the bidding process so that kunkel can secure an agreement free and clear of woodruff (kunkel claims to have over $30 million in financing). all the drama aside, the new proposal is very interesting. it would have a curved seven-story hotel facing the arena, a parking garage on the backside, along with a restaurant and plaza connecting it to the arena. here is a site plan i saw on wfie 14. i will post more as it becomes available.


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Old June 22nd, 2011, 10:40 PM   #107
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channel 14 added a rendering online for the new hotel. it's a very different approach, but still following design cues from hyatt place. the building also looks like it is eight stories rather than seven.


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Old June 24th, 2011, 03:40 AM   #108
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channel 14 added a rendering online for the new hotel. it's a very different approach, but still following design cues from hyatt place. the building also looks like it is eight stories rather than seven.

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Old July 20th, 2011, 04:32 AM   #109
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it's come down to two companies vying for the hotel contract now... the kunkel group with the rendering from earlier has submitted their own proposal free of woodruff hospitality. also, one of the other woodruff investors has formed a new group called prime lodging that has also submitted a proposal. both of the hotels would be the hyatt place brand and offer a total of 220 rooms. the various investors of woodruff failed to come to an agreement and move forward with one of these proposals. now it's up to the redevelopment commission to figure out which one they prefer and/or who is more qualified to build the hotel. both developers claim to have financing in place and are prepared to continue moving forward with the project.

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prime lodging's rendering:
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:12 AM   #110
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i definitely prefer the kunkel group's rendering.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:12 AM   #111
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***looks like a hell of a lot less eifs...
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:27 PM   #112
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i like both renderings, but am tending to lean towards prime lodging at this point (but i would definitely appreciate other people weighing in with their thoughts so i can get some other perspectives.) the reason i'm liking it better is that both the arena and the convention center have curved faces on their fronts and i like the contrast of a straight wall facing walnut street. also, the rendering doesn't do justice to what their design will really look like. here is a shot of one from san antonio. the one in evansville would be very similar but have two more floors. thoughts?

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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #113
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if you want to think about the hotel in context, click the link below. the hotel will be built on the now empty lot at the back (across the from the library). the front of the hotel will be facing walnut street directly across from the arena.

http://www.evansvillearenaproject.co...cam-and-photos
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Old July 21st, 2011, 12:28 PM   #114
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Kunkel owns half of Evansville (it seems) so I would almost guarantee them winning the contract.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:07 PM   #115
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it was made official today that the new arena will be called ford center. ford will pay $4.2 million for the naming rights over a ten year period. here is the release from the city:

http://www.evansvillegov.org/Index.a...=%2findex.aspx
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 09:19 PM   #116
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the first events at the arena have been set. the evansville icemen will play the fort wayne komets on november 5th and the first concert will be bob seger playing on november 9th. more to come!
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Old September 6th, 2011, 05:01 AM   #117
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Here's a video from July showing the interior of the arena.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IFhYQ_juf0
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Old September 17th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #118
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venuworks is beginning to announce some additional concerts for the new arena. reba mcentire and the trans-siberian orchestra were both announced in the last week. they're promising a well-rounded concert schedule so hopefully they will be adding some pop or alternative acts to the schedule, but it looks like the arena is pretty well booked through the end of the year:

concerts:

nov. 9th: bob seger
nov. 11th: reba mcentire
dec. 7th: trans-siberian orchestra

special events:

nov. 24th: hadi shrine circus
nov. 25th: hadi shrine circus
nov. 26th: hadi shrine circus
nov. 27th: hadi shrine circus

hockey:

nov. 5th: evansville vs. fort wayne
nov. 13th: evansville vs. dayton
nov. 17th: evansville vs. fort wayne
nov. 18th: evansville vs. missouri
dec. 4th: evansville vs. bloomington
dec. 9th: evansville vs. dayton
dec. 11th: evansville vs. bloomington
dec. 16th: evansville vs. fort wayne
dec. 18th: evansville vs. missouri
dec. 23rd: evansville vs. texas
dec. 27th: evansville vs. dayton
dec. 30th: evansville vs. fort wayne
dec. 31st: evansville vs. wichita

basketball:

oct. 20th: ue vs. depauw (exhibition)
nov. 4th: ue vs. illinois-springfield (exhibition)
nov. 12th: ue vs. butler
nov. 16th: ue vs. indiana
nov. 19th: ue vs. oakland city
nov. 29th: ue vs. alabama state
dec. 3rd: ue vs. tcu
dec. 10th: ue vs. north carolina a&t
dec. 17th: ue vs. tennessee tech
dec. 29th: ue vs. southern illinois

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Old September 27th, 2011, 10:18 PM   #119
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the arena is nearly finished... looks like they are wrapping it all up and doing some finishing touches. here are some photos posted by the new evansville arena project:












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Old October 12th, 2011, 10:18 AM   #120
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Uploaded by the U of E Women's B-Ball team. Better look of the seating.
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