ahhhhThe jersey alone is why this needs to happen.
Over and over again, "if only we had the money, if only we had the money".
Which isn't to say this is pointless, these are public pleas for the money, and not just from U of I donors. The Big Ten, the NHL, the Blackhawks, the City of Champaign, the State of Illinois, someone, all of the above, please invest some startup capital in making this obviously good idea happen.
I hope that’s the case, but with athletic depts laying off personnel and announcing pay cuts for coaches it would be quite a task to bring this on board anytime soon. There is a lot of borrowed money and very little revenue to pay that down. Again, it would be great to see, but it’s a strange world we are living in.
I don’t remember the exact quote from Werner, but his impression was it’s not on the front burner anymore. Probably from this quote: “Whitman said he feels obligated to figure out if the project is still feasible after the pandemic but not obligated to complete the project”"On the hockey project, Whitman said the athletics department and its community partners decided to halt those discussions when the pandemic hit and just started to re-open discussions about the expensive project, which he said they were very close to green-lighting before the pandemic."