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Are skyboxes in the works for Koch Arena at Wichita State?

Koch Arena underwent a major renovation completed in 2003. WSU basketball coach Gregg Marshall says skyboxes are a possible next step.
Koch Arena underwent a major renovation completed in 2003. WSU basketball coach Gregg Marshall says skyboxes are a possible next step.

Wichita State men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall can usually be counted on to say what’s on his mind. Monday, on his radio show on KNSS, 1330-AM, a caller asked about Koch Arena (around the 39:20 mark) and if Marshall thought it needed upgrades.

Marshall answered. He mentioned two seven-figure donations to the university’s capital campaign. He gave more details about a building being discussed near Koch Arena. Then he unloaded this - luxury boxes in Koch Arena.

Ka-boom.

“I’ve also heard that they’re going to make skyboxes in Koch Arena during this renovation,” he said. “Our facilities our great, but adding skyboxes, that’s the only thing I wish they would have done when they (renovated it in 2003). Having skyboxes gives it a little extra oomph, if you will, for recruiting and corporate dollars.”

Here is where you need to understand that coaches often hear “We’re considering this really cool thing and maybe it will work” and interpret it to mean “We’re breaking ground next month.”

Planning for skyboxes at Koch Arena is premature, according to an email from athletic director Eric Sexton, with many details regarding the scope of the project and the fund-raising campaign still uncertain.

One thing is certain — Marshall is on board. We’ll see how far it goes. Skyboxes offer the potential for income and WSU will always need more money.

Marshall’s description of the new building is that it will house academic services and golf, track and tennis offices in order to give more space to men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. As Marshall says, Koch Arena is packed.

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