Monday, September 28, 2009
Duncanville’s StarCenter officially switches to Bob Knight Fieldhouse
The building will be converted, with the addition of security cameras.
DUNCANVILLE The building at 67 and Main, formerly known as the Dr Pepper StarCenter and owned by Duncanville's 4B Board corporation, is getting new tenants pending the final vote scheduled for Wednesday before this printing. The outcome of the vote seems clear, as a certain majority of the city council will approve the additional expenditures to welcome the Bob Knight Fieldhouse to convert the building, add security cameras, and give two months free rent.
African-American 11-year-old Jonas Spencer, with his older brother Jason, who have played hockey at the rink since they were little, spoke boldly to the council as the first commenter and stated, “You can go anywhere to play basketball,” and “Who wants to learn [basketball] from someone who throws chairs?”
There is also a correlation of deadly acts of violence occurring on or just off amateur basketball courts. Such deadly violence has a much lower occurrence where amateur hockey is played. No conclusions can be drawn as to why, and no implications of race even need be considered here. It is simply necessary to anticipate realistic financial and societal costs to Duncanville based on what, sadly, they are so frequently shown to be across the country.
Stars President Jeff Cogen has deemed late-in-the-game efforts to reform the management of the rink to be all that is worthwhile for his business before cutting out. City Manager Kent Cagle relayed that he had negotiated as best he could and that the 4B Board, Earle Jones, and majority of the council agreed. Duncanville is in the middle, left holding the bag ... though it will be lighter.
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