The footprints are similar in that they are rectangles.Counterpoint:
If the U was visionary, it could convert the site into a mixed-use development very, very similar to the Banker's Life Fieldhouse area in downtown Indianapolis. The footprints are remarkably similar, even though Indy is much denser.
But Banker's life has a 440ft wide footprint compared to the 360ft of the mall. Major difference there.