College Athletics Facilities Round-Up: December Part I

Welcome to the College Athletics Construction Roundup! In this bi-weekly series, we bring you the latest updates on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities from across the nation. 

Facilities

Evolv Technology’s AI-Based Weapons Detection at Boston College

Boston College has embraced cutting-edge security measures by implementing Evolv Technology’s AI-based weapons detection system at the entrances to its football, hockey, and basketball games. This advanced system ensures quick, accurate threat detection, allowing fans to pass through efficiently, and reducing gate congestion.

Eastern Michigan University’s Championship Building Plan Phase Two

Regent Emeritus Phil Incarnati’s generous $2.5 million gift propelled Eastern Michigan’s second phase of the Championship Building Plan. This project includes resurfacing Rynearson Stadium, building a new outdoor track & field complex, and upgrading Oestrike Stadium.

University of Montana’s Indoor Practice Facility Delays

Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam provided insight into delays affecting the construction of the Grizzly Indoor Practice Facility. Despite setbacks, the university prioritizes quality, ensuring that the facility’s base is solid before installing the turf field.

Marquette University’s Athletic and Human Performance Research Center Expansion

Marquette aims to create an Olympic Village atmosphere with the second phase of its $90 million expansion, providing new facilities for the soccer, tennis, cross country, track & field, and men’s basketball teams. The facility will also provide new academic spaces and sports medicine facilities.

University of Tennessee’s Neyland Entertainment District Project

The University of Tennessee is set to issue a Request For Proposals for the Neyland Entertainment District project, a mixed-use development along the Tennessee River waterfront. The project aims to create a vibrant space, including a boutique hotel, condominiums, conference/event space, and more.

“Our vision for this transformational project is one step closer to reality,” Director of Athletics Danny White said. “We have seen a tremendous response from a wide array of top developers to be a part of this extraordinary opportunity to create the Neyland Entertainment District. We are incredibly excited about the next step in the process, and bidders submit their final proposals for this massive project that will positively impact our entire campus and the city of Knoxville. The Neyland Entertainment District will be a massive boon to America’s College Sports City.”

Track and Field

Marist College’s Fundraising Campaign for Track and Turf Field Facility

Marist launched a major fundraising campaign aimed at bringing a new track and turf field facility to campus, benefiting many of its 23 Division I programs – men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, lacrosse, and soccer, as well as serving as a community-wide recreation resource. Notably, Marist’s track and field and cross-country programs have competed with tremendous success despite not having an on-campus facility.

University of Maine’s $7 Million Gift From New Balance for Track and Field and Soccer Facility

The University of Maine received a $7 million gift from New Balance for a new track and field and soccer facility, providing championship-caliber resources for athletes. This is the second sizable contribution from the company in the past 15 years.

“We appreciate New Balance’s generosity and their confidence in UMaine’s Division I athletic program,” says Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias. “We also share a commitment to prioritizing accessibility, equity, and community use and involvement at the highest levels with this new complex. Generous gifts like this one from New Balance help support infrastructure and create modern facilities necessary to serve students and the state and we are grateful.”

Football

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Purchase of HEB Park

The Texas System Board of Regents authorized UTRGV’s potential purchase of HEB Park, providing the Vaqueros with a permanent home close to campus, along with the recent groundbreaking for a practice facility.

Renovations at the University of Wisconsin’s McClain Center

Wisconsin adjusted plans for the McClain Center, opting for a new training center centralizing its football facilities. The plan was initially to convert the center to an indoor track and field facility. The $285 million project is now scheduled to be completed in 2026 following the demolition of the Camp Randall Sports Center. It will include a new weight room, athletic training facility, locker rooms, equipment room, dining hall, meeting rooms, and football offices.

University of South Florida’s new On-Campus Football Stadium

USF unveiled conceptual renderings for its new on-campus football stadium, featuring unique design elements, and premium seating options. The project includes a $6 million gift from the USF Federal Credit Union for the stadium’s walkway.

Demolition of the University of Louisiana’s Cajun Field

Louisiana is embarking on a $65 million project which will include demolishing portions of Cajun Field to make way for the new Our Lady of Lourdes Stadium. The west side of Cajun Field will be replaced with a new tower, increasing the seating capacity to more than 30,000.

Vanderbilt University’s South End Zone Project

Vanderbilt unveiled renderings of the south end zone project at FirstBank Stadium, showcasing enhancements and improvements to the stadium’s facilities.

Field Hockey and Lacrosse

University of Maryland’s Remodeled Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex

Maryland completed the remodeling of the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, expanding it to nearly 18,000 square feet. The facility now includes separate locker rooms, enhanced sports medicine capabilities, and additional coaching spaces.

Basketball 

DePaul University’s Renovations to the Sullivan Athletic Center and McGrath-Phillips Arena

DePaul secured permits for renovations to the Sullivan Athletic Center and McGrath-Phillips Arena, aiming to provide state-of-the-art facilities for Blue Demon college athletes.

Southern Illinois University’s Watchfire Video Board System

Southern Illinois enhanced the fan experience inside the Banterra Center by installing a new Watchfire video board system. The video board will display real-time statistics while offering an immersive game-day atmosphere.

Boston University’s Plans for Case Center and Walter Brown Arena

Boston University announced plans to renovate the Case Center and Walter Brown Arena after receiving a pair of lead gifts from alumni Larry and Debi DePaulis, and Ike Brown and his wife, Candy. The gifts will greatly benefit the men’s basketball and women’s hockey programs.

Army West Point’s Michie Stadium Preservation Project

Army West Point secured $170 million in private funding for the Michie Stadium Preservation Project, aimed at enhancing seating, concessions, and accessibility. The project is expected to be completed in 2026.

Florida State University’s Changes Construction Firm for New Football Facility

Florida State shifted construction management for the $138 million standalone football facility project, parting ways with Childers Construction, to ensure the project progresses on schedule and within budget.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Debuts Lion Loge at the Field House

Texas A&M-Commerce recently introduced the Lion Loge at the Field House, providing fans with an exclusive and immersive basketball experience, and strengthening the connection between the community and its local college basketball team.

Utah State University Will Name Basketball Court After Stew Morrill

Utah State plans to honor former Men’s Basketball Head Coach Stew Morrill by naming the basketball court inside Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after him, recognizing his remarkable coaching career.

Softball

University of Illinois at Chicago Receives Leadership Gift for Softball Clubhouse

UIC recently received a $300K leadership gift for a new softball clubhouse. The clubhouse will provide athletes with dedicated study spaces, fueling stations, and lounges, while giving the coaches their own offices.

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