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McLaughlin will evaluate Siegel Center

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VCU has sold out 18 straight games at the Siegel Center.  With a week and a half before the season starts, there's not one season ticket available. So, should VCU go bigger?

That's a question that athletic director Ed McLaughlin is mulling over in his first year at VCU. At 7,600, VCU has the 10th highest attendance in the Atlantic-10.

But the Siegel Center is just 13 years old, and just underwent a $3.4 million renovation last year. Still, McLaughlin says "he's not doing his job" if he doesn't evaluate whether it makes financial sense for the Rams to have a bigger arena.

But McLaughlin adds that bigger does not mean better. He says the intimacy of the Siegel Center is a big part of what makes the arena as special as it is. And he adds that if it was much bigger, fans may not be as interested to come to games.

VCU is one of just six schools that sold out all of their home games last year.

There is no question however, that at least as long as Shaka Smart is in town, VCU home games will be a hot ticket.

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