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College Athletics Construction Roundup: January 2015

College Athletics Construction RoundupHappy New Year – We hope everyone has a great 2015!  The “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.


Florida Atlantic received a $16 million donation to be used towards The Schmidt Family Complex: a new athletic facility to be used primarily by the football program. The facility will include an academic center, larger weight room and more spacious locker room. The project is expected to cost between $45 and $50 million.

Missouri will build a new football complex in the south end zone of Memorial Stadium. The facility will include office space, a weight room and locker room.

Cincinnati held the topping off ceremony for the new West Pavilion at Nippert Stadium. The $86 million project is on schedule to be completed in time for the 2015 season. The renovation is expected to increase capacity to 40,000, including additional premium seating.

Oregon State announced a $42 million project to expand and renovate the Valley Football Center. The 55,000 square-foot project will include the expansion of the football locker room, equipment room and training facility.

Texas Tech will build a $1.65 ticket office and fan engagement center on the first floor of the Jones AT&T Stadium east building. The school will also spend $3.75 million to renovate the stadium’s north end zone building. This project will add premium seating and food areas.

Kansas State’s renovation of the north end zone complex is on schedule to be completed before the beginning of the 2015 football season. The project features new locker rooms, team spaces and offices.

Western Michigan plans to raise $3 million and replace the scoreboard in Waldo Stadium. The project is expected to be complete in time for the 2015 football season.

Penn State is planning $12 million in renovations and branding upgrades to the Lasch Football Building. The school plans to emulate other schools like Oregon and Oklahoma State as it upgrades the player locker room, nutrition bar, equipment room and meeting rooms.

Miami (OH) received the lead gift for the planned Gunlock Family Performance Center. The facility will feature a weight room, football locker room, hydrotherapy area and coaches’ office space.

Utah State is planning a renovation to Romney Stadium. The project will include a premium seating and press box structure in the west stands, new video boards and a new public address system.

Rice trustees approved a $44.5 million project to build a two-story facility at the south end of Rice Stadium. The 80,000 square-foot facility will include training and locker rooms, a sports medicine center for all student athletes, coaching office space and the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame.



Sacramento State’s student body rejected a $438 fee increase to help pay for a new on-campus arena.  The $125 million arena would have hosted the school’s basketball teams and other events and concerts on campus. The fee increase would have raised the university’s fees to sixth highest in the California State University system.

Akron is exploring renovations to the James A. Rhodes Arena. Even if the City of Akron constructs a new arena, the school has determined upgrades are needed to the JAR. Improvements are likely to occur in phases to spread out the costs of the projects.


Olympic / Other Sports

Baylor dedicated its new $18 million Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium. The facility will accommodate 5,000 spectators and participants. Features include a training center and indoor practice facility, a 6,000 square-foot team clubhouse area and a 10,000 square-foot building containing hydrotherapy pools, training rooms and office space.

Michigan State has installed a new video scoreboard in Munn Arena. The $900,000 project also includes two ribbon-style scoreboards and four non-video scoreboards.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities

Central Michigan will build an $8 million complex at the Mount Pleasant campus. The facility will host the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs. Construction will start in spring 2015 with completion expected by the fall season.

Louisville has raised the necessary funds to begin construction of the $14.5 million Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence. The 40,000 square-foot facility will feature tutorial areas, computer labs and classroom space for student athletes from all 23 sports. Construction will run through the Fall of 2016.

This fall, UMass Lowell opened its new academic center as part of a $3 million renovation to the Costello Athletic Center. The space features computers, sound-proof study rooms and a team meeting room.

LSU will build the new $12 million Tiger Athletics Nutrition Center on the site of old Alex Box Stadium. The 22,500 square-foot facility will be an athletes-only dining hall and will teach healthy eating habits and food preparation in addition to feeding the athletes.

Texas will launch the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation. The center will help develop student athletes with programs such as financial literacy, drawing on the experience of financial professionals and former professional athletes.

Wichita State plans to build a student services building to the southeast of Koch Arena. The building will house academic and compliance offices, computer labs and study areas. Locker rooms, coaching offices and a weight room for use by some of the school’s Olympic sports would also move to the new building.


Other Notes of Interest

Addressing fan engagement concerns, Wisconsin spent $6.5 million over the summer to upgrade the Wi-Fi connectivity in Camp Randall Stadium. AT&T installed 750 access points to create one of the ‘densest’ Wi-Fi systems in the country.

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College Athletics Construction Roundup

College Athletics Construction Roundup: December 2014

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.



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

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College Athletics Construction Roundup: November 2014

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

The University of Northern Illinois unveiled plans for a complete overhaul of its athletic facilities. The $138 million, privately-funded effort will include renovations to Huskie Stadium as well as a new baseball field, new tennis courts and a new indoor Olympic sports facility.



Syracuse announced it has no plans to schedule neutral site games at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium after 2016.

Indiana confirmed plans to enclose Memorial Stadium’s south end zone. The new end zone will allow for locker room expansion and will include a cafeteria.

Kentucky unveiled plans for a $45 million football training facility. The facility will house dining facilities, strength & conditioning areas, players’ lounge and new locker room.



Butler spent $36 million to renovate historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. 4,500 new chair-back seats, a video scoreboard, additional restrooms, and wider concourses address fan comfort and engagement. For the men’s and women’s basketball teams the facility includes new locker rooms, training areas, classroom and meeting space and a larger weight room.

Hinkle Fieldhouse Photo courtesy of RATIO Architects (click photo for more project information)
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Photo courtesy of RATIO Architects, Inc. (click photo for more project information)

Texas will demolish the Frank Erwin Center to make room for a new medical school on campus. A new arena is expected to cost up to $500 million. Continue reading

College Athletics Construction Roundup

College Athletics Construction Roundup: October 2014

College Athletics Construction RoundupCongrats to former “College Athletics Construction Roundup” writer Luke Mashburn on joining the staff at Sam Houston State.  I’ll be taking over from him and providing the facility updates moving forward.

The “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.


Early fundraising success has led Arizona State to amend the Sun Devil Stadium renovation plan budget to $256 million. The amended plan includes an 84,500 square foot student-athletic building.

Texas A&M will spend $300,000 to replace the turf at Kyle Field after a downpour dislodged some of turf during the previous home game against Rice. Work will be completed before the Aggies’ next home game on October 11.

One of just two SEC programs without an indoor practice facility, Georgia has authorized $400,000 to an architectural firm to design and find a location for a new structure.

Florida A&M debuted its new club seating with capacity of up to 800 people. The six climate-controlled tents offer a buffet, open bar and television viewing.

Expansion of Navy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has entered Phase IV, adding 7,000 square feet of hospitality space on either side of the television booth.

Boston College unveiled LED ribbon displays and two video boards using 13HD technology in Alumni Stadium.

Wake Forest broke ground on a new field house featuring a 120-yard artificial turf field. While a football facility, all of Wake’s athletic teams will be able to use the facility.

Marshall dedicated its new $14 million practice facility. The 105,000 square foot facility should be completely open in the next eight months.

Duke announced plans for a renovated Wallace Wade Stadium. Upgrades include 21 luxury suites and a new LED video board.

Montana unveiled new LED ribbon boards at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.


Florida Gulf Coast University presented plans for a $6 million upgrade to Alico Arena. Targeted enhancements include a modern video scoreboard, dedicated athletes’ weight room and expanded coaches’ offices.

The University of Houston has begun construction on a $25 million basketball practice facility. The 53,000 square foot facility will be the headquarters for both the men’s and women’s programs. 


Michigan regents approved a $168 million plan for a 310,000 square foot Division I Olympic sports facility. An indoor and outdoor track venue and new lacrosse stadium will be included in the 17-acre complex.

West Virginia’s $21 million, 2,500 seat baseball stadium is on track to be completed for the 2015 baseball season.


Ohio University announced plans for a new academic center to be built on the north end zone of Peden Stadium. The center will be for the exclusive use of OU’s 400 student athletes.

Georgetown broke ground on the $62 million John R. Thompson Intercollegiate Athletics Center. In addition to practice courts, the new facility will have weight training, sports medicine rooms and meeting rooms for all varsity programs.

Northwestern College began construction of a new $3.2 million indoor athletic facility which will house a weight room, practice green and batting and pitching cages.


Athletic Directors across the country are planning to invest in facility upgrades and the general fan experience as a way to better connect with the 21st century fan.

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Hancock's dog named "Dog" displayed prominently on his desk

Tour: College Football Playoff Office

Last October, I had the opportunity to tour the new College Football Playoff office. The Summit at Las Colinas is a fairly run-of-the-mill high-rise office tower located on the outskirts of Dallas in Irving. Nothing on the outside of the building would alert you that the most powerful entity in college football is housed inside its walls. There’s no big flashy sign. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was at the right building (my GPS did actually lead me to a building across the highway first).

Stepping inside the lobby, you could imagine looking for the name of your doctor on the directory next to the elevator. There were the same assortment of businesses you probably have in your own office building. As a college football fan and analyst, I felt a rush of nerves being so close to the epicenter of it all, but no one else in the lobby seemed moved by the CFP’s presence in the building. Like the outside of the building, there was nothing inside the building shouting that this is the home of the CFP.

I took the elevator up and entered the office itself, and I was stunned. The CFP doesn’t even command its own floor, it only occupies a partial floor. There was a simple wooden desk for the receptionist and the CFP logo on the wall above it. That’s it. I’ve worked in law firms with grander entrances.

There was a pretty cool football design in the floor of the reception area, but as you’ll see in the slideshow below, the CFP office is a fairly normal business office. Sure, maybe they’ve got some great graphics on the walls featuring the national championship contenders and football helmets in the kitchen, but it’s just office space. After having visited numerous athletic departments and been treated to some pretty highly-orchestrated displays – think lighting effects and fight songs that are motion-detecting and begin as you enter the locker room – I was surprised the CFP office didn’t make a statement. Actually, I guess it did make a statement. It went something like this: Hello, I’m an office. People work here. Oh yeah, our work happens to involve college football.

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Bill Hancock, you probably won’t be surprised that the CFP office is a fairly simple, functional space. If you haven’t had that opportunity, check out our latest Saturday Millionaires podcast for an interview with Hancock where he discusses everything from his policy that a real person answer all incoming calls during business hours to his 24-hour email response policy…and of course, his dog named “Dog” (pictured in the slideshow).

You can also check out some pictures from my office tour:

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Rendering of TDECU Stadium at University of Houston (photo credit: University of Houston)

Sold: Naming Rights for Houston’s New Football Stadium

Rendering of TDECU Stadium at University of Houston (photo credit: University of Houston)

Rendering of TDECU Stadium at University of Houston (photo credit: University of Houston)

When University of Houston plays its first football game in its new on-campus stadium on August 29th against UTSA on national television, the announcers will refer to it as TDECU Stadium thanks to a new naming rights deal. A 10-year, $15-million gift from TDECU gets the local credit union naming rights and a suite on the 50-yard line.

Here at we’ve been tracking naming rights deals for intercollegiate athletics facilities. Houston’s new deal brings the average annual value of naming rights for football stadiums to $879,594 (based on available data). Read more about our naming rights study here. We also maintain a full database of known naming rights deals.

Houston’s deal will be a nice infusion of cash for an athletic department that reported $42 million in total revenue last year. Mack Rhoades, Houston’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, had this to say about the partnership:

“From the beginning of this process, we have been very strategic with how we chose our naming rights gift. We wanted an entity that aligned with our core values, cared about its workforce and its clients, invested in the community and the University. We’ve found that and more with TDECU.”

TDECU’s President and CEO Stephanie Sherrodd was equally as enthusiastic about the partnership:

“We are thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to partner with the University of Houston.  We are proud to have the TDECU name on the new stadium as a visible sign of our commitment to the University and the Houston community, TDECU’s core values are shared by the University of Houston in improving the lives of those around us in order to build for the future.”

Houston has already sold out all suites (26), loge boxes, suite decks, party patios and club seating in the new football stadium as it looks forward to its second season in the American Athletic Conference.

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Brighthouse Networks Stadium at UCF (photo credit: Breezy Baldwin via Flickr)

How much are college athletic facility naming rights worth?

Brighthouse Networks Stadium at UCF (photo credit: Breezy Baldwin via Flickr)
Brighthouse Networks Stadium at UCF (photo credit: Breezy Baldwin via Flickr)

UPDATE: Boise State’s new naming rights deal with Albertsons was unintentionally omitted. It has been added, which has changed the average annual values in the original post.

What’s the market value for naming rights deals on college athletic facilities? It’s much more difficult to estimate than if we were talking about professional athletics. Universities often complete these deals at less than market rate in order to acknowledge past gifts by major donors.

For example, naming right for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at University of Louisville is officially on the books as a $5 million donation for 52 years. In total, however, Papa John’s had donated approximately $22 million for the football stadium through 2011.  Would University of Louisville have agreed to a naming rights deal with a company it had never done business with previously for 52 years for $5 million? Not likely.

It’s not uncommon in these deals for past donations to be taken into account, causing the naming rights deal itself to be below market rate. That’s somewhat unique to college athletics thanks to its nonprofit status and history of relying upon donations.

We’ve recently updated our database for naming rights deals on college athletic facilities. Quite a few of the deals are for the life of the stadium or arena, and details of the deals aren’t always disclosed, especially when it involves a private university.

However, just for the sake of trying to pinpoint something approximating an average annual value, here are some average annual values based on what we do know: Continue reading

Rendering of UCLA's Football Performance Center (by ZGF Architects LLP)

June Athletics Construction Roundup

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.


Notre Dame is replacing its football surface with a synthetic turf. Maintaining the natural surface at Notre Dame Stadium had been a struggle for many years.

Renderings of UCLA’s previously announced Football Performance Center have been released.

Rendering of UCLA's Football Performance Center (by ZGF Architects LLP)
Rendering of UCLA’s Football Performance Center (by ZGF Architects LLP)

Purdue wants to take down Texas A&M by building the largest videoboard in college football.

Last month, Louisiana-Monroe’s turf project began. The new surface was made possible by a previously announced $450,000 donation from JPS Aviation.

In a trend that is only going to grow, North Carolina is adding a Distributed Antennae System to improve cell service at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena will receive a similar system.

This is a great look at the benefits to the community provided by a previously announced project at Colorado’s Folsom Field.

Renderings of Texas A&M’s previously announced renovation of the Bright Football Complex have been released.

Iowa State has also released renderings of its south endzone project at Jack Trice Stadium.

Work has begun on Arizona State’s renovation of Sun Devil Stadium. The project will result in a reduced capacity of 60,000, down from 71,700.


NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum, the home of women’s basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, will soon receive a $35 million renovation. Also included in the project is an athletics hall of fame.

The previously announced renovation of Arizona’s McKale Arena has begun.

Both the men’s and women’s Conference USA basketball tournaments are heading to Birmingham.

Florida expects to begin work on an estimated $50 million renovation of the O’Connell Center after the 2014-2015 basketball season. The work will result in a reconfiguration that eliminates the building’s ability to host indoor track events.


Ground has been broken on Utah’s Huntsman Basketball Center. The $36 million project should be completed in July of next year.

That project caused some to ask if BYU is falling behind in the basketball arms race.

Master Plan

WVU has unveiled a $106 million facilities plan. A majority of the work will focus on preventative maintenance.

Here is a great update on the numerous projects currently underway at Middle Tennessee.

Georgia State wants to transform the Turner Field area into a mixed used complex that would include housing, retail, and athletic spaces. Perhaps the most ambitious facet of the project involves transforming the current home of the Atlanta Braves into a 30,000 seat football stadium.

Ground has been broken on Colorado’s previously announced $143 million master plan.


Oakland has announced a 108,000 square foot indoor facility. The $4.9 million project will include space for baseball, softball, football, and soccer.

A large videoboard project has announced by UTEP. The $3.4 million plan includes a new board for the Sun Bowl which will measure as the largest in Conference USA.

April Athletic Construction Roundup

After a very brief hiatus, the monthly Athletics Construction Roundup is back! It is hard to believe that I have been writing these for over a year now. To celebrate, I’m pleased to unveil a fresh format for the roundup; one that I hope is easier to read and carries less of a rigid, academic feel to it. If you truly hate the new format, feel free to let us know in the comments section.

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.


Oklahoma is letting fans vote on the field design for its spring game. Voters will have to choose between six endzone layouts and three midfield logos.

Astroturf will be installing the new turf at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium next month. The new surface is the same as the one installed last year on two fields at the Cowboys’ Sherman E. Smith Training Facility.

Florida State has announced facility upgrades that a locker room renovation. In an interesting move, the facility will include a replica of the set used on ESPN’s College GameDay.

Season tickets are sold out for Baylor’s inaugural season at McLane Stadium. The $260 million stadium will open in the fall.

Texas has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to complete a feasibility study on the possibility of enclosing the south endzone at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Although the expansion would increase capacity, its primary goal would be addin additional suites to the stadium.

Work will begin in May on Virginia Tech’s long awaited indoor practice facility. The $21.3 million project should be completed by the fall of 2015.

Arkansas State has added three LED digital displays to the area outside of Centennial Bank Stadium.



VCU’s men’s and women’s basketball will call a new complex home in 15 months. The $25 million project includes locker rooms and practice courts.

A similar project will be built at Georgetown. The John R. Thompson Intercollegiate Athletics Center will be a $60 million, 144,000 square foot facility when it is completed in 2016.

Humphrey Coliseum at Mississippi State is getting a new centerhung video board. The project also includes standard upgrades such as shot and locker room clocks.



Southern Illinois’ Itchy Jones Stadium opened last month. This photo gallery provides a detailed look at the facility and the festivities surrounding its opening.



With a new program often a new facility follows. That’s the case with Montana as a $1 million stadium will built before the department’s inaugural softball season begins next year.

January Athletic Construction Roundup

The Athletics Construction Roundup is a monthly series on the 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. Here are the construction projects from the past two months:

University of Iowa
After installing unique video walls at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa repurposed the previous board and installed it at the softball facility. The “new” videoboard at Pearl Field is 16 feet tall and 28 feet wide.

University of Hawaii
After repeated construction delays on the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, the NCAA has stepped in and could punish Hawaii’s athletic department. Currently, student-athletes are left to use public locker rooms.

Hawaii is also looking to replace the scoreboard at Les Murakami Stadium. The current model has been known be inconsistent.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
As a part of a previously announced athletics master plan, a made for TV groundbreaking was staged during the Ragin’ Cajuns’ football game against Troy. The first phase of the project will add 6,000 endzone seats.

University of Southern Mississippi
In a move that could become a trend, Southern Miss has introduced a social media suite at Reed Green Coliseum.

Vanderbilt University
Vandy has opened its new indoor practice facility. Among other features, it includes a full length football and a videoboard.

University of North Carolina
North Carolina is in serious, but preliminary, talks about renovating or replacing the Dean Smith Center. No matter which path the project takes, it will include revenue generators such as suites or club levels.

University of Arkansas
Currently the only team in the SEC without a dedicated basketball practice facility, Arkansas will break ground on one of their own. The $25 million facility will be completed by the summer of 2015.

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M has selected PBK Sports to design its previously announced 15,000 seat stadium and adjoining field house. The projected is expected to be completed in 2016.

San Diego State University
SDSU has unveiled plans for a $14.5 million basketball practice facility. The 23,500 square foot facility could be done by July 2015.

University of Michigan
Michigan will be building a $6 million operations center. The 18,000 square foot facility will house the department’s laundry facilities and maintenance shops, among other spaces.

University of Kentucky
Renderings have been released for a previously announced renovation of Commonwealth Stadium. Although overall capacity will be reduced, the $110 million project will add suites and a dedicated student entrance.

Iowa State University
Following a $25 million donation, Iowa State seems prepared to finally move forward with long standing plans to enclose the south endzone at Jack Trice Stadium. The project still needs to be approved by the board of regents.

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall has opened the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center.

Lafayette College
The recently completed $1.7 million renovation of the Kirby Sports Center has been well received. The project included both practical and aesthetic upgrades.

Drake University
Drake has broken ground a basketball practice facility. The $8 million facility should be completed by fall 2014.

University of Toledo
Toledo has announced a $5 million renovation to Larimer Athletic Complex, its main football building. The project will begin in February and increase space in many areas, including offices and the weight room.

Duke University
Deputy director of athletics Mike Cragg provides an update on previously announced projects at Duke and a few details on the planned renovation of Cameron Indoor Stadium in this interview.

Indiana University
IU is preparing for a major overhaul to Assembly Hall. The project would carry a $30 to $40 million price tag and include premium seating, a jumbotron, and a new entrance way. In related news, following a substantial donation the arena will now be known as Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall going forward.

South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota
South Dakota Regents had a busy day in which they approved numerous projects at the South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota. It unanimously approved the previously announced football stadium for SDSU. It also authorized multiple previously announced projects at South Dakota, including a new multi-sport arena.

University of Arizona
Arizona has announced an $80 million renovation of the McKale Center that will be completed in phases. The design includes a unique entry tunnel that will allow intimate fan access to the team in the moments before they take the floor.