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"We thought we were being very reasonable in allowing them to open the building this year with additional restrictions in place," Standefer said. "The restrictions we put in place were not that difficult, and they failed miserably."
While fire alarms and water sprinklers were installed when the renovated Pit was opened in November, UNM had not completed the system designed to clear smoke from the arena concourse.
The state Public Regulation Commission allowed UNM to open the Pit, with the condition that concession cooking areas each have a guard on fire watch.
But after finding that those UNM fire guards were either absent or asleep on the job during games this season, Standefer said he has had enough.