The Athletics Construction Roundup is a monthly series on construction of athletics facilities. Each month I’ll provide you with a list of athletic construction projects in progress (and recently completed) across the country, including details on budget and scope of the project.
Ohio State University
Ohio Stadium will see an increase of 2500 seats. The expansion will make the stadium the third largest in the country with a capacity of 104,829.
Old Dominion University
ODU follows our often talked about trend and adds the outline of the state of Virginia to its court.
University of Washington
The Huskies’ baseball facility will receive a $19 million renovation. The project will be completed in time for the 2014 season.
American Athletic Conference
The American’s first men’s basketball tournament under its new brand will be held in Memphis. The women’s tournament will be held at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.
University of North Dakota
North Dakota will raze Ralph Englestad Arena to make room for an indoor practice facility. The $20 million UND Athletics High Performance Center will include a 100 yard field and a 300 meter track.
This photo gallery of Towson’s $62 million, recently completed arena is worth a look.
Wayne State University
Wayne State has announced Harwell Field, a new baseball facility. In line with the current facility’ features, the project has a very old school feel to it.
University of Connecticut
UCONN has redone its basketball court as part of the athletic department’s rebranding.
Georgia Southern University
As a part of its move to FBS, Georgia Southern has broken ground on two $10 million projects. Both the Football Operations Center and an expansion of Paulson Stadium will be complete before next summer.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
This interesting piece examines Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson who donated over $10 million to the 49ers athletic department and will have the football stadium named in his honor. Richardson has recently battled with government officials over taxpayer dollars for his own team’s stadium.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
UTC’s McKenzie Arena is currently going through a $1.8 million dollar seat renovation project. Chattanooga’s Player Development Complex, a golf training facility, also received an upgrade in the form of turf hitting stations.
Utah State University
Utah State held a ground break ceremony for the Wayne Estes Center. The $9.5 million dollar facility will serve as a basketball practice facility and volleyball competition facility.
Texas Tech University
Installation work has begun on the new $11 million videoboard at Jones AT&T Stadium. The project is part of a north endzone renovation.
University of Wyoming
Wyoming has announced $30 million worth of renovations to Arena-Auditorium. The $12 million first phase of the project will begin in March 2014.
University of Central Florida
UCF has unveiled one of the most unique court surfaces in the country. Dubbed Operation Blacktop, the hardwood is stained black.
University of Memphis
Memphis allowed its fan to cast votes on a new basketball court design. Sticking with current trends, the selected design will feature both hashtags and local landmarks.
In a unique move, Indiana will display a part of the USS Indiana, a World War II battleship, outside of Memorial Stadium. The monument will be dedicated before the Hoosier’s game against Navy.
Florida State University
FSU’s indoor practice is nearly completed and the athletic department has provided the public with this first look video.
University of Southern California
Under a new lease agreement, USC will manage and renovate the Coliseum. The agreement lasts 99 years.
University of Tennessee
Tennessee has unveiled plans for the Pat Summit Plaza at Thompson-Boling Arena. The court at that facility already bears her name.
Southeastern Conference Institutions
ESPN will be conducting site surveys in order to help the SEC schools get their digital operations prepared for the SEC Network which is set to debut in 2014.
University of Cincinnati
The Board of Trustees approved an estimated $85 million in renovations to Nippert Stadium. The work is scheduled to run from December 2013 to August 2015.
Austin Peay State University
Austin Peay has installed a new center-hung scoreboard at the Dunn Center.
In case you missed it- Facility updates previously mentioned on this site:
The naming rights deal database has been updated multiple times this month.
There is a current trend of adding local flair to playing surfaces.
Luke Mashburn is a Game Day Operations Specialist at Kennesaw State University. You can follow him on Twitter @L_Mashburn.