Texas President Gregory L. Fenves announces the rules for carrying concealed handguns on campus during a news conference in the Main Building on Wednesday February 17, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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UT President Fenves: New arena will be ‘basketball-only’

Posted August 22nd, 2016

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In this weekend’s wide-ranging interview with Statesman’s Ralph Haurwitz, University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves reflected on his first year in charge on campus.

Fenves commented on some of the athletics items he’s managed in that year – the firing of former athletics director Steve Patterson, an athletics academic investigation and becoming a sports fan.

He also talked about the yet-to-be-built arena that will ideally sit on campus.

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From the story:

The UT president will eventually have to decide an athletics-related matter of generational impact: where to build a replacement arena when the Erwin Center, a multipurpose venue, is demolished to make way for expansion of the Dell Medical School. Fenves is open to the notion of an off-campus location but conceded that there is no proposal on the table.

“In the absence of that, we would build an arena on campus,” he said, most likely in what is now a parking lot just south of the soccer stadium. “My view is it’ll be a basketball-only arena. It won’t be designed to be a multipurpose arena. It becomes much more expensive to construct a multipurpose arena.”

To read more about the president’s first year, including how he morphed into a sports fan and what athletics event was one of three high points of his first year, click here.

 

 

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