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Arena arms race

New basketball facilities are being built on campuses across the country. Jeremy Rutherford's story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch examines the trend.

Convenience is only one of the reasons that new arenas are popping at Missouri, Maryland, Texas Tech, Gonzaga and elsewhere around the country. Schools such as Oklahoma State, with a venue steeped in tradition, have elected to undergo major renovations. And others, like St. Louis University and Illinois, are gauging the costs of a new building with the ambition of setting a closing date soon.

It's becoming apparent that having one of these new facilities will give your program a visible campus treasure, maximize a university's potential revenue and help lure high-caliber recruits. Gone are the days of dreariness and decay creating a beloved ambiance at some of the older, more intimate buildings. These days, athletic departments are seeking amenities that will keep both players and fans more comfortable.

They aren't cheap, but they bring in millions of new revenue as well. Will Edmund Cameron's Indoor Stadium ever become a liability for Duke?