College Athletics Construction Roundup

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.

Football

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.

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Basketball

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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NCAA travel stipends

NCAA Will Allow Travel Stipends for Families Attending Championships

NCAA travel stipendsImagine you’re playing in the very first College Football Playoff. You walk out of the tunnel to thunderous applause, your eyes scanning the crowd. When you were a kid, your mom and dad always sat on the 40-yard line, three rows up. Back then you thought it was annoying when your mom yelled,”That’s my baby!”, but if you’re honest, you wish she was here now trying to scream it over the crowd. Unfortunately, your parents can’t afford the trip to Dallas.

No doubt, there are student athletes on Ohio State and Oregon’s rosters whose parents can’t afford to make the trip for next Monday’s game. Tuesday, however, the CFP made an unexpected announcement…

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2014-15 CFP Revenue Distribution

College Football Playoff: Conference Payouts

2014-15 CFP Revenue DistributionUPDATE: ACC, SEC, Big XII, Sun Belt, Pac-12 and Big Ten distribution has been added below. Additional conference models will be added as available.

Last week, I shared the revenue distribution model for the first year of the College Football Playoff. Now that pairings have been announced, we know how it works out for each conference (and yes, the Orange Bowl pays more than the CFP due to the nature of its contract – and next year when the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowls aren’t hosting semifinals, they’ll have larger payouts, as detailed at the end).

Keep in mind that all of this money goes to the conference, not to the team playing in the game. Most conferences split it equally between all 12-14 teams with an equal share also going to the conference office (although some give a bonus to the team participating in the game).

Power Five:

ACC

$50 million base to the conference

$6 million to the conference for FSU (Rose Bowl – CFP semifinal)

$27.5 million to the conference for Georgia Tech (Orange Bowl)

Total: $83.5 million to the conference

Conference distribution model: all bowl revenue is divided equally after expense allotments for the participating teams and is included in annual distribution along with other conference revenue. The only exception is Notre Dame (as it relates to football revenue), which is handled separately under a conference agreement that has not been made public.

Big XII

$50 million base to the conference

$4 million to the conference for TCU (Peach Bowl)

$4 million to the conference for Baylor (Cotton Bowl)

Total: $58 million to the conference

Conference distribution model: Bowl revenues are divided evenly between the 10 member institutions after subsidies are provided to participating institutions.

Big Ten

$50 million base to the conference

$6 million to the conference for Ohio State (Sugar Bowl – CFP semifinal)

$4 million to the conference for Michigan State (Cotton Bowl)

Total: $60 million to the conference

Conference distribution model: all bowl revenue is distributed equally between member institutions (taking into account financial integration plans for newer members) after a pre-determined amount for travel and related expenses is provided to participating institutions.

Pac-12

$50 million base to the conference

$6 million to the conference for Oregon (Rose Bowl – CFP semifinal)

$4 million to the conference for Arizona (Fiesta Bowl)

Total: $60 million to the conference

Conference distribution model: divided equally between all members.

SEC

$50 million base to the conference

$6 million to the conference for Alabama (Sugar Bowl – CFP semifinal)

$4 million to the conference for Ole Miss (Peach Bowl)

$27.5 million to the conference for Mississippi State (Orange Bowl)

Total: $87.5 million to the conference

Conference distribution model: For bowl games with receipts of $4,000,000 - $5,999,999, the participating team retains $1.475 million (Ole Miss), plus a travel allowance determined by SEC. For bowl games with receipts of $6 million or more, the participating team receives $2 million (Alabama and Mississippi State), plus a travel allowance determined by the SEC. If an SEC team makes it to the championship game, it receives another $2.1 million, plus travel allowance. The remainder of the revenue from these bowls is divided 15 ways – one share for each of the 14 SEC teams and one share for the conference office. There’s also a distribution method for bowls with lower payouts, but I’m not covering that here.

Group of Five:

American

$12 million base to the conference (1/5th of $60 million, per Group of Five formula)*

C-USA

$12 million base to the conference (1/5th of $60 million, per Group of Five formula)*

MAC

$12 million base to the conference (1/5th of $60 million, per Group of Five formula)*

Mountain West

$12 million base to the conference (1/5th of $60 million, per Group of Five formula)*

$4 million to the conference for Boise State (Fiesta Bowl)

Sun Belt

$12 million base to the conference (1/5th of $60 million, per Group of Five formula)*

Conference distribution model: equal division after travel subsidies.

* Based on reports from several sources, and also detailed in this article. The Group of Five have another $15 million to split, which sources tell me they will split according to computer rankings. The conference whose teams rank the highest in the aggregate will receive $5 million, the conference in second place $4 million, the conference in third place $3 million, the conference in fourth place $2 million and the conference in last place $1 million. It is unclear which computer rankings, or combination of computer rankings, will be used to make this determination. However, varying reports about the Group of Five formula are circulating. I’ll update this with anything new I learn.

Keep in mind that two of the contract bowls – the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl – are semifinal sites, meaning their contracts with the Big Ten/Pac-12 and SEC/Big XII, respectively, are not in play this year. In the years those games are played, each of those conferences will receive $40 million for playing in those games.

For full details on the payouts, including travel expenses and distributions to independents, and a comparison to the last year of the BCS, see this post.

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.

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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. Continue reading

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