College Athletics Construction Roundup

College Athletics Construction Roundup: December 2014

Facilities

College Athletics Construction RoundupThe “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities.  Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

Texas Tech is moving forward on its $185 million initiative that covers 25 projects in 17 sports. Football will replace seating and renovate the north end zone building. Funding is in place for renovations to United Supermarkets Arena at the end of basketball season.

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Football

Michigan State AD Hollis is exploring ways to heat the student section at Spartan Stadium in an attempt to address student attendance issues.

Maryland has planned a $155 million effort to build indoor and outdoor practice facilities. The project’s first phase will be to convert Cole Field House into an indoor practice facility. Phase two will build a sports medicine center, innovation lab and two natural-grass practice fields.

Colorado State’s president will ask the board of governors to approve a project for a new on-campus stadium. Costs are expected to be in the $195 million to $220 million range.

Nevada announced an $11.5 million project to renovate MacKay Stadium. The project would include a new club level and loge box seating, outdoor patio space, adding more permanent restrooms and adding ADA seating and ramps.

Duke - Wallace Wade Renovation

Duke began renovations to Wallace Wade Stadium with an on-field ceremony immediately following the final home game. Fans were invited to the field for the groundbreaking. The initial phase involves the reconstruction of the playing field, adding seating, and erecting a new video board.

In preparation for Phase Two of the $450 million Kyle Field redevelopment, Texas A&M is set to implode the west side of Kyle Field on December 21st. The event will be live-streamed and spectators will be allowed to watch from the Reed Arena parking lot.

Kansas State is in Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master plan, with the construction of the Vanier Football Complex. The facility will attach to the stadium and include an Academic Learning Center and Strength and Conditioning Center.

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Basketball

Arizona unveiled renovations to the McKale Center. Phase 1 of the overhaul, $30 million of the $80 million project, added additional seating, LED lighting, concession points of sale, and expanded restrooms.

Tennessee has begun renovations to the Thompson-Boling Arena. The $15 million project will update locker rooms, concourse restrooms, and replace the facility’s roof.

Long Beach State will add video displays at the Walter Pyramid for basketball and volleyball games. Daktronics will also add video board capabilities to the school’s University Pool for water polo games.

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Olympic / Other Sports

Fresno State’s women’s soccer team played its final home game at the school’s revamped soccer and lacrosse field. $1.2 million was spent on bleachers, bathrooms, and light towers to upgrade the former practice field.

Arizona State baseball will move its home games to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, leaving Packard Stadium where it has played since 1974. The school will spend $3 million to upgrade the former spring training home of the Oakland A’s. The project should be ready by the 2015 season and will include clubhouse updates, a new scoreboard and new signage.

Oregon softball will build the new Jane Sanders Stadium where Howe Field currently is located. Construction will begin immediately upon the conclusion of the 2015 season and be completed in time for the 2016 season.

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Multi-Use Facilities

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods opened the new Jeanne Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center. The $11 million facility can seat 1,000 spectators and has locker rooms, an athletic training room, and a fitness center. The facility will also host intramural events as well as the school’s new volleyball program next year.

Vermont unveiled renderings for a new multi-purpose facility. The $65 million facility would host the school’s hockey and basketball programs. Successful completion of the project would result in renovations to Gutterson Fieldhouse, transforming it into a recreation center.

Wofford announced plans to build the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium to house a new basketball and volleyball arena as well as locker rooms and other facilities. Construction is slated to begin next year with the opening date expected to be September 2017.

New tennis courts at the Regency Athletic Complex at Metro State (photo credit: Metro State)
New tennis courts at the Regency Athletic Complex at Metro State (photo credit: Metro State)

Metro State University in Denver opened the new $17 million Regency Athletic Complex. The complex will host six of the university’s 15 sports teams with soccer and tennis having begun use this fall. The baseball and softball fields, as well as a central building with locker room and weightlifting areas, are on target to open in early 2015.

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Other Notes of Interest

Xavier is addressing the fan experience at the Cintas Center. The school will add a craft beer area, sit-down dining space and concession improvements for this basketball season. The craft beer area will feature a rotating lineup of mostly local craft beers.

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