University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir has had some success in his first year, taking over a reeling program, installing some hard-nosed toughness and making a strong run in last year’s Mountain West Conference tournament. More wins, hopefully, will follow, generating more attendance, fan enthusiasm and revenue.
But he jacked up an air ball this week when he raised the idea of turning 16 of the 40 suites at Dreamstyle Arena/the Pit into office space for men’s and women’s hoops coaches.
Yes, these are the same suites that UNM said would be rented out and generate significant revenue to help pay for 2009’s $60 million upgrade of the legendary Pit, an upgrade that has helped keep the department’s books in the cherry red.
And yes, Weir is correct the suites upgrade has turned out to be something of a financial bust, with only about half of the 40 rented out each season.