I'll remind everyone that they already have $5mill+ for SEFCU renovation as specifically designated by the Casey gift. I've heard a number around $20mill needed for a complete gut and renovation similar to what SBU did on the Island. I've also heard unsubstantiated rumors but from a good source (in the past) that Benson at least a little while ago was still thinking a brand new arena.
I'm still flabbergasted that they have managed to secure ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE MILLION DOLLARS...how long has this campaign gone on? This further underscores my personal belief that if Benson would only put something to the UAlbany community at large, a plan, a vision, a rendering, a campaign...ANYTHING...maybe people would rise to the occasion especially if it's a sensible plan.
But like everything else in his tenure, nothing is communicated, there is no outward vision.