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Arkansas’ Walton Arena Flooded; Practice Starts Soon

bud-walton-floodArkansas coach Mike Anderson and athletic director Jeff Long would like to see the school build a new practice facility for the Razorback basketball team.  In the past seven days, they’ve gotten some help in their push for the $20 million-plus building… from Mother Nature.

UA senior associate athletic director Kevin Trainor confirmed this week that last Friday, Bud Walton Arena “experienced water infiltration on some portions of the playing floor and areas surrounding the playing floor following heavy rains overnight.”  “Water infiltration” is a fancy way of saying the floor of the arena flooded.  Trainor also stated in an email that “the floor will be unavailable while the athletic department works to remove any excess moisture and completes a full assessment of any potential long-term damage to the playing surface.”

Arkansas’ men’s and women’s basketball teams are holding individual workouts at the school’s rec facility for the time being.  Practice officially begins early next month.

While this appears to show the need for a new practice facility, there are two things that come immediately to mind:

 

1.  Where would a practice facility be built?  Obviously, if one building can flood, so could a new practice facility.  Better put the new structure on higher ground.

2.  Be glad this didn’t happen during the season.  College basketball isn’t like Major League Baseball.  Re-scheduling a game for a later date isn’t easy.

 

Arkansas AD Jeff Long will no doubt use the flooding at Bud Walton Arena to kickstart his campaign for a new practice facility.  He recently said that he had received more “resistance” to the project than expected from fans and donors.  Perhaps last week’s heavy rains will help change a few minds.

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