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When Gonzaga University officials look around at their school's new $25 million basketball arena, they can't help but think what might have been. And shudder. So much – from adopting the original shabby plan of adding seats to Martin Centre to having the men's basketball team cough up a couple of 10-18 seasons – could have gone wrong. And then there were the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and ensuing economic cave-in that severely tested the financial resolve of some deep-pocketed backers of the arena project.
Ultimately, however, the plan to knock out the east wall of Martin Centre and add another set of bleachers was mercifully deep-sixed. The basketball team continued to build on the national respect and renown it had earned with its stirring runs in the NCAA Tournament. Most of the big-time corporate and individual donors that signed on to the idea of building a 6,000-seat on-campus arena for the Bulldogs stayed the course.
And the McCarthey Athletic Center became a reality, opening to rave reviews late last month, just 467 days after ground-breaking ceremonies were held on April 24, 2003. (Full story)