Top 10 Reasons Colorado College is moving to a smaller campus arena

As Colorado College moves from World Arena with 7,750 seats to a new on-campus venue with only 3,000 seats, LetsGoDU has identified the Top 10 Reasons for the decision:

10. Fewer people to disappoint

9. Short walk from ceramics lab

8. Adequate room to hang participation banners in rafters

7. Just like a CC party – small and pretentious

6. The campus is a self-designated  ‘nuclear free’ zone

5. Locals are ‘yucky’

4. World Arena once hosted Ted Nugent

3. If hockey doesn’t work out – curling!

2. No more tractor pulls to break rink chillers

1. A  move to limit the number of North Dakotans throwing up on neighborhood lawns

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13 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons Colorado College is moving to a smaller campus arena”

    1. Any thoughts of starting a CC/DU fan social prior to each series? UND and St. Cloud fans have been doing this for several seasons and from what I’ve been told, it’s been a success. Each series, fans from both programs get together at a local watering hole for libations and a few laughs among opposing fans. If anyone’s interested, ping me and perhaps we can brainstorm and discuss ideas. Thanks, Dan

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  1. If CC got Ryan, they would be damn lucky. A great guy who connects well with the entire university community. Plus, he has to start (as an AD) somewhere…


  2. Ryan isn’t the type of person to say he’d like to ‘stick it’ to anyone and I don’t think he’d never burn his bridges at DU. That’s just not his personality, and that’s why he had risen so far in the college athletics world as he has in his mid 30s. He’s going to be an excellent AD someday, and if CC is lucky enough to snag him, great for CC.

    While a lot of people (myself included) would have enjoyed Ryan if he’d been selected at DU, he also knows that seasoning is not a bad thing at his age, and he was smart to grab senior level experience at a D-I football school like North Texas at this point in his career.

    CC already gets a lot for the $10 million they spend on sports, and when they finish the on-campus arena, it’s going to be a huge boost for the sports program.

    The one thing that I think holds CC back a bit is the tendency toward institutional secrecy (as evidenced by the recent arena controversy). For a long time, they were selling hockey recruits and hockey alumni/donors on the on-campus arena plans, while they were down-selling the public by saying the new arena was a practice rink, instead of telling the public the truth.

    Whomever the new AD becomes, CC can repair its local image by being more honest and up front about what it’s doing….


    1. You’re absolutely spot on, Swami. As a CC alum, the elitism that permeates the college is absolutely grating. It’s something that has always bothered me and I would hope the next AD will do a better job at community outreach. I think this op-ed said it correctly regarding CC and how they’ve handled the new arena situation. I fully expect my season ticket prices to go up significantly.


  3. Dan:

    Elitism is a double-edged sword for private schools, such as CC and DU. On one hand, elitism goes hand-in-hand with prestige, which all private schools crave, as it helps to justify the high prices they must charge. Additionally, prestige is a huge admissions driver, an important social lubricant as a private club, and vital for donors – who tend to write larger checks for those institutions when other fellow donors are also writing big checks. There are also rankings, bragging rights and endowments that feed the elitism machine, as well as the old, yet often unspoken but clearly felt one-upsmanship to better what other private schools are doing.

    The downside of elitism is of course, snobbery, aloofness, excess privacy and ivory towerism that alienates so many regular folks from supporting private schools.

    Both CC and DU revel in the former, and suffer from the latter. In a western state such as Colorado where there are few private schools, this can stick out a bit more than back east, where much of the entire professional and social culture is built on elitism. Here is Colorado, few people care where you went to school and few ever ask about it. But having lived on the East Coast, it’s often one of the first questions people ask you, as they choose to “slot” you based on what they know about your school.

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