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Rutgers has three facilities projects on the table. A new multisport facility, housing up to eight programs, is in the design phase. The Hale Center, currently housing football operations, could be up for a redesign as well. A new facility for soccer and lacrosse is also under consideration.



Texas Tech has approved two projects. One project involves the addition of outdoor Loge seating to Jones AT&T Stadium. Each Loge box will contain 4 – 8 seats and TV capability. The other project will construct a new Sports Performance Center which will include an indoor football facility and indoor track.

Southern Miss will spend $1.6 million on several facilities improvements. Projects include an expanded strength and conditioning center, a new football locker room and a new nutrition center. All three projects are expected to be completed by the summer.

Auburn released renderings of proposed renovations to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The north end zone project would include expanded concourse and walkways, club seating, new locker rooms and a video board (in addition to the existing south-side video board). Costs for the project could exceed $140 million.

Purdue announced approval of a new, $65 million football performance complex. The 110,000 square-foot facility will include a locker room, meeting space, sports medicine facility, performance training area and a fueling station. Construction is expected to begin in May with completion expected in August 2017.

Northwestern State will undergo a renovation of the west-side stands at Turpin Stadium. Reserved seats will be replaced with roomier seats. Aisles in the lower deck reserved section will be widened with railings added.



Colorado is nearing completion on several energy upgrades in the Coors Events Center. The project, funded from future cost savings, includes water conservation, upgraded lighting, increased automation control systems and new equipment and insulation.

Providence College unveiled plans for the Ruane Friar Development Center. The new $37.5 million facility will house a two-court basketball facility, an athletic training center, office space and a dining area. Construction is expected to be completed by late summer 2017.

TCU opened the newly-renovated Schollmaier Arena. Improvements include concourse enhancements to the concession stands and restrooms (where much of the $72 million was spent), new locker rooms and lounge areas and a lizard-skin patterned court.


Olympic / Other Sports

Corning Community College installed a new turf baseball field. The project is an extension of the turf soccer field. Turf fields will allow spring programs earlier access to the fields for practice.

Oregon State will install a new video board at baseball’s Goss Stadium prior to the 2016 season. The new video board will double the size of the previous board and will be the largest in the Pac-12.

Colgate is on schedule to open its $37.8 million Class of 1965 Arena by October 1, 2016. In addition to housing the first new Colgate ice hockey facility since 1959, the arena will include office and locker room space for six of the department’s 25 varsity sports — men’s and women’s hockey, lacrosse and soccer.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities           

Gonzaga is in the planning stages for a new Student Athlete Center, which would be an addition to the McCarthey Athletic Center. The center would house a student-athlete academic support center, athlete nutrition center and a basketball practice facility. Cost and timelines have yet to be determined.


Other Notes of Interest        

The new normal for facility enhancements now include facility graphics and branding. From a few thousand dollars to over $1 million, college athletics now consider this aspect a standard cost component for both new construction and facility renovations.

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College Athletics Construction Roundup: December 2015 “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 donation to be used towards a new Sports Medicine Center. The facility will include areas for preventative therapy, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy treatments, as well as offices for training staff.

Kansas State will construct a showcase stage within Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the marching band. The new space will provide more space and greater accessibility for the 400-member group. The band’s sound projection through the stadium will also be enhanced through the project.

Utah will spend $13.5 million for a new video board and sound system in Rice-Eccles Stadium. The video board will be 89 feet tall and 118 feet wide. The sound system will be a distributed system with speakers around the stadium rather than a single set of speakers located on the scoreboard. Expected completion is Summer 2016.

Air Force will install a new video board in Falcon Stadium. The $2.9 million board will be 2,500 square-feet, which is expected to be the largest in the Mountain West Conference and among the service academies.

East Tennessee State broke ground on a new stadium. The $26 million facility will seat 11,000 and is expected to be complete for the 2017 season. ETSU began playing football again this year after a 12 year layoff and will play its first couple of seasons in nearby Kermit Tipton Stadium.

North Carolina will build a new Indoor Practice Facility. While mainly for use by the football program, the new facility will also provide indoor practice space for the soccer and lacrosse programs.

Liberty announced plans for a new Indoor Practice Facility. Plans call for a turf playing surface, a 70-foot high clearance and glass panels to allow for natural lighting during daytime hours.

South Carolina approved a new football operations facility. The $50 million, 100,000 square-foot facility will be located adjacent to the practice fields and will feature a football-only weight room, locker rooms and meeting spaces.

Oregon State broke ground on the Valley Football Center, to be located in the north end zone. The project will include almost 38,000 square-feet of new space in addition to more than 25,000 square-feet of renovated space. The building will feature an expanded weight room, nutrition area, football operations space and a sports medicine area.

Monmouth announced plans to renovate its football stadium. The $15 million project will increase capacity, stretch the seating area from goal line to goal line and update the press box. If work can begin at the conclusion of the 2016 season, the construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 season.



Xavier revealed plans for Phase II of the Cintas Center renovation. Seating additions will increase capacity to 10,370 and will include new hospitality areas. Other improvements include more courtside seating, wider seats in the lower bowl and a Loge-style seating area. Construction should be complete in time for the 2017-18 basketball season.

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) broke ground on a new Wellness and Events Center. The $102 million, 200,000 square-foot facility features a 3,500-person sports arena that will also serve as a conference and events center. Other features include a pool, track and study and meeting space.

BYU broke ground on the Marriott Center Annex. The facility is a two-story, 38,000 square-foot basketball practice facility. Construction is expected to be complete in October 2016.


Olympic / Other Sports

Dallas Baptist will install a new turf field at Horner Ballpark. The project will provide a consistent playing surface for the entire field. The school will also upgrade the padding on the walls surrounding the field.

New Mexico approved a new baseball clubhouse. The facility will include a coaches room, player’s lounge and locker room, training and hydrotherapy rooms and a second level deck overlooking the field.

Wichita State will install a new LED video display board at Eck Stadium. The display will measure 20.5 feet high by 63.5 feet wide and will allow for a large, single image to be displayed or it can be divided into multiple windows.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities           

West Virginia announced plans for a new aquatic and track complex. The school partnered with the governing bodies from several county entities on the $25 million project. The new facility will include a 75,000 square-foot pool featuring an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool with diving tower, as well as a nine-lane outdoor track with seating for 1,000 spectators. A cross country course will encircle the entire complex.

Northwestern broke ground on a new lakefront facilities: the Ryan Fieldhouse and the Walter Athletics Center. The fieldhouse is a large indoor facility for both football and Olympic sports practices, as well as non-sporting events. The athletics center will house academic support functions, a nutrition center and dining facility, a sports performance center and office space.

North Dakota opened its new $19 million High Performance Center. The indoor facility includes a 100-yard turf field, a ceiling high enough to allow for kicking and punting, an eight-lane, 300-meter track and space for sports medicine and conditioning.


Other Notes of Interest        

Georgia State submitted a bid for Turner Field and the surrounding land. The school would plan to develop the 67 acres to move several sports closer to campus, including football and baseball. Student housing could also be developed on the property.

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted to assist UAB in its effort to build a new football facility. The Board will assist in immediate funding of the new facility while UAB continues in fundraising efforts. This allows UAB to move forward even though the $15 million in necessary funding has not yet been raised.

Boston College to Wear Uniforms Inspired by “Miracle in Miami”

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Boston College and Notre Dame meet this weekend at Fenway Park. Two programs steeped in history and tradition playing in one of the most historically-significant sports venues still standing, both with a rich Catholic tradition.

To add to the sense of nostalgia and history, BC will be wearing throwback uniforms inspired by the “Miracle in Miami.” And no ordinary uniform reveal would do. Under Armour and BC had someone very special unveil the uniforms: Doug Flutie, architect of the “Miracle in Miami.” BC was playing Miami in the Orange Bowl on November 23, 1984 when Doug Flutie threw a last-second touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan to give the No. 10 Eagles a 47-45 win over 12th-ranked Miami.

The uniforms feature:

  • Solid gold helmet
  • Vintage BC logo placed on the shoulder to mimic the placement of the Cotton Bowl logo as worn during the 1985 Cotton Bowl victory
  • The gold of the pants, helmet and jersey details reflective of the gold uniform color worn in the 1980’s
  • Stripe detail on the pants and baselayer are exact replicas of the stripes on the jersey and pants of the 1984-85 team

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The “Holy War,” as its been dubbed, has been played 22 times with Notre Dame leading the series 13-9. The two first met in 1975 not too far from this year’s venue at Foxboro Stadium.

BC and Notre Dame are the only two remaining Catholic institutions playing at the FBS level.

College Athletics Construction Roundup: November 2015

College Athletics Construction Roundup

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.

Master Plan

Minnesota has cleared the way for its $166 million Athletes Village. The school will build a new competitive track facility on the main campus to mitigate pervious Title IX concerns over the Athletes Village project.

Penn State unveiled its facilities master plan. In addition to necessary seat back and plumbing renovations to Beaver Stadium, another facility marked for renovations is Jeffrey Field. The soccer complex is in need of permanent restroom facilities and home & away locker room facilities.



Abilene Christian unveiled plans for a new on-campus football stadium. The 12,000 capacity stadium will include berm, club level and suite seating. The stadium will feature an HD video board. Future expansion plans include a south end zone complex to house all football operations and sports medicine facilities.

Purdue is planning a new football performance complex. The $60 million, 110,000 square-foot facility will be built adjacent to the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. The every-day home for the football program will include a locker room, meeting rooms, players’ lounge, sports medicine and performance training areas and office spaces.

USC revealed plans for a $270 million renovation to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Upgrades include replacing every seat in the stadium, a new south side building for the press box and club seating, new stadium lighting and updated Wi-Fi technology.

Oklahoma will install a new video scoreboard in Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium. The project will remain within a $5 million budget and is expected to be the second largest in the country, second only to Auburn.



Utah opened its new Huntsman Basketball Facility. Construction on the 101,000 square-foot, four-floor facility began in May 2014. The facility includes practice courts, player lounges and locker rooms, offices, recruiting lounges and meeting space.

Davidson will dedicate the new Harry L. Vance Athletic Center. The 50,000 square-foot facility provides two practice courts for the basketball and volleyball programs. Locker rooms, office space and film rooms are also included in the facility.

Michigan State will spend $50 million to renovate the Breslin Center.   The two-phase project will expand the concourse and restrooms and a new Hall of History: a 26,000 square foot wing celebrating the history of Michigan State basketball.


Olympic / Other Sports

Houston baseball unveiled plans for a new Player Development Center. The 20,645 square-foot facility will be located along the third base line of Cougar Field. Amenities include batting cages, a new clubhouse, training room and hot / cold tubs and a fueling station.

Nicholls State broke ground on a $5 million renovation project to Ray E. Didier Field. The two-phase project will include a modernized press box, concession stand, field lighting, a field house for offices and a locker room and enclosed batting cages.

Baylor announced plans for a golf practice facility. The 14-acre site will be located next to the equestrian center and will feature a driving range, clubhouse and practice course.

Auburn will add over 800 seats to its softball stadium. With the additions, capacity at Jane B. Moore Field will be close to 2,500. Additional restrooms and concessions to handle the increased capacity will also be included in the project.

Louisiana Tech will replace the playing surfaces at both the baseball and softball facilities. The project will cost $1.2 million and should be complete in time for the upcoming spring seasons.

Oral Roberts broke ground on a new outdoor track facility. The facility will be the first outdoor track facility in the school’s history.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities           

Ohio State will build a new multi-sport arena, set to open in 2018. The $30 million facility will host competitions for several sports: volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling programs.

UC San Diego opened the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center. The $4.3 million space features strength and conditioning and athletic training zones, an outdoor conditioning plaza and conference room.


Other Notes of Interest        

The New York Times reported the next Arms Race in collegiate sports is directed at how schools provide meals for their athletes. In addition to expanding budgets for food and beverages provided to their student-athletes, many schools are building fueling stations in existing facilities and building entirely new athletic dining facilities.

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Football and Basketball Financially Support Every Other Sport

Football and Basketball Support Every Other SportIn case you haven’t heard me say it before, football and men’s basketball are essentially the only opportunity an athletic department has to make money.

Every once in awhile I run across a baseball program that breaks even (or even makes a few bucks), but it’s rare. Even more rare: Nebraska volleyball turns a profit. So, while there are exceptions, trust me when I say they’re few and far between.

Today, I wrote a piece for Outkick the Coverage on, and I made the case that Ohio State should raise football ticket prices when the market can bear it, because football is the best opportunity to make money for the 15 men’s sports, 17 women’s sports and two mixed teams which all operate at a loss (men’s basketball being the only other exception).

I wanted to give you a closer look at the numbers though. Particularly for those of you who don’t work in intercollegiate athletics, you might not fully understand how the economics work. Generally speaking, football and men’s basketball support every other sport within an athletic department.

Here’s a look at each sport’s revenue and expense numbers at Ohio State for 2014-15:

Revenue Expense Net Revenue
Men’s Sports
Baseball $500,745 $2,129,235 -$1,628,490
Basketball $22,647,562 $8,400,976 $14,246,586
Fencing $28,785 $584,138 -$555,353
Football $72,338,036 $31,950,998 $40,387,038
Golf $445,313 $568,366 -$123,053
Gymnastics $114,202 $963,158 -$848,956
Ice Hockey $696,082 $2,354,838 -$1,658,756
Lacrosse $927,863 $1,960,437 -$1,032,574
Rifle $0 $38,836 -$38,836
Soccer $175,574 $1,017,069 -$841,495
Swimming and Diving $273,022 $1,121,355 -$848,333
Tennis $44,282 $1,041,700 -$997,418
Track and Field, X-Country $98,315 $1,278,248 -$1,179,933
Volleyball $57,473 $900,973 -$843,500
Wrestling $925,472 $1,697,959 -$772,487
Other $0 $42,315 -$42,315
TOTAL $99,272,726 $56,050,601 $43,222,125
Women’s Sports
Basketball $713,617 $3,541,305 -$2,827,688
Fencing $28,787 $578,923 -$550,136
Field Hockey $100,150 $1,014,646 -$914,496
Golf $444,660 $690,385 -$245,725
Gymnastics $109,717 $1,456,215 -$1,346,498
Ice Hockey $83,023 $1,736,959 -$1,653,936
Lacrosse $69,213 $1,170,987 -$1,101,774
Rifle $0 $38,837 -$38,837
Rowing $48,205 $1,734,986 -$1,686,781
Soccer $218,549 $1,358,293 -$1,139,744
Softball $152,017 $1,330,635 -$1,178,618
Swimming and Diving $96,008 $1,136,163 -$1,040,155
Tennis $34,743 $980,240 -$945,497
Track and Field, X-Country $89,976 $1,435,552 -$1,345,576
Volleyball $246,128 $1,769,877 -$1,523,749
Other $24,388 $620,714 -$596,326
TOTAL $2,459,181 $20,594,717 -$18,135,536
Mixed Teams
Rifle $29,935 $243,805 -$213,870
Other $176,611 $190,359 -$13,748
TOTAL $206,546 $434,164 -$227,618

If you want a bigger picture look at the overall revenue and expense numbers for the athletic department, including how much is donated back to the university. check out my piece on Outkick the Coverage on

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College Athletics Construction Roundup: October 2015 “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.

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UNC Wilmington has several projects in the planning or construction phases. Highlights include updating the recreation facility to be used by both athletics and the student body, resurfacing the track and exploring feasibility and options for a new tennis stadium.

Columbus State has several projects in the pipeline. Renovations are on-going in the baseball stadium. New golf and tennis facilities are also being constructed. The school is spending roughly $5 million on the projects.



Montana unveiled plans for the Washington-Grizzly Champions Center. The 46,000 square-foot facility will be constructed along the        southwest corner of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The facility will feature a 7,000 square-foot football locker room and 12,500 square-foot strength and conditioning center. Expected completion is summer 2017. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: October 2015

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