Current plans have the new lighting shining upon the same portable basketball court the Buccaneers used three times last year, with Freedom Hall Director Lisa Chamness' staff working with ETSU's to take it up and put it down as needed.
, whose venue has seen concerts including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, ZZ Top, Jimmy Buffett, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Chicago, Motley Crue and AC/DC over the years, continues to have a great deal of non-basketball events for customers and needs Freedom Hall to be able to function for those other family events.
Moving forward, one of the biggest issues facing Freedom Hall
says, is the amount of available seats, which changes depending on the act.
design and location, on Science Hill High School's
campus, has a lot to do with why it tends to lose money for the city - something Chamness
is willing to do for the betterment of the area.
"There are a very few public venues that make money or break even," she
What ETSU's basketball games do for the bottom line for the city, which subsidizes the building, will be determined, but Chamness' list of priorities go beyond lighting and the HVAC system and into parking lot repairs, sink replacement and even protection rigging for people working near the ceiling.
In its infancy, the venue used to allow smoking in the facility.
said that history is beginning to show, as evidenced by the several shades of ceiling tiles, some dark and some light.
has cosmetic fixes that she
hopes will be made moving forward, but is content with trying her
best to make everything work out with the multitude of events Freedom Hall will host.