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. As we bid farewell to 2023, let’s dive into the exciting developments from the second half of December.
Rupp Arena’s Swift Floor Replacement
In a surprising turn of events, the iconic Rupp Arena, home to the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams, is set to replace its new court after just two games. Robbins Inc. Product Manager John Puening revealed that despite a custom structural design, the floor’s performance fell short of expectations. Robbins is expediting a replacement, emphasizing a commitment to delivering a floor that meets the standards of the arena.
Texas Tech University’s Unveils Baseball Team Facility
Texas Tech showcased its dedication to baseball excellence with the unveiling of a new 25,000-square-foot baseball team facility. Boasting state-of-the-art amenities such as a team lobby, coaches offices, locker rooms, and advanced training facilities, the facility sets a new standard for collegiate baseball programs. Also, the inclusion of an underwater treadmill and cryotherapy station underscores Texas Tech’s commitment to the well-being of its athletes.
The University of Kansas Announces Overhaul to Memorial Stadium
A major overhaul is underway for David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, sparking discussions about the possibility of Kansas playing its 2024 home football slate away from campus. Arrowhead Stadium in nearby Kansas City could be the temporary home. Chancellor Doug Girod emphasized the need to finalize construction details to ensure the revamped stadium is ready for the 2025 season.
University of Hawaii’s Ambitious Aloha Stadium Replacement
The University of Hawaii took a significant step towards a modern stadium with a design-build request for proposals to replace Aloha Stadium. Governor Josh Green emphasized the importance of a facility benefitting a Division I program, with plans for a minimum of 25,000 seats. Athletic Director Craig Angelos views this as a pivotal moment, and expressed optimism about the progress and the positive impact on supporting college football in the state.
University of Missouri Chooses DLR Group for Memorial Stadium Upgrades
The University of Missouri is gearing up for a transformative phase for Memorial Stadium, the home of its football program. The university has enlisted the expertise of DLR Group to serve as its consultant for the upcoming upgrades.
Wake Forest University Unveils Cutting Edge $38 Million Football Facility
Wake Forest University’s impressive new $38 million, 60,000-square-foot football facility is complete with hyperbaric sleep chambers, a luxurious player lounge, a dedicated nutrition station, and hot and cold pool areas. The facility isn’t just about physical preparation; it’s a holistic approach to the college athletes well-being.
University of Memphis’ Progress on Liberty Stadium Renovation
The University of Memphis advanced its Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium renovation deal with the allocation of $350 million in state appropriations. The City Council’s approval of $120 million specifically for Liberty Stadium, coupled with pledges from FedEx Founder/Chairman Fred Smith and a local fundraising campaign, propelled the $220M project forward. The transfer of ownership to the university aligns with the vision for sustained success in collegiate athletics.
Penn State University’s Ongoing Beaver Stadium Renovations
Penn State Athletic Director Pat Kraft provided insights into the ongoing renovations at Beaver Stadium, indicating that they are 30% into the design process. The comprehensive evaluation encompasses various aspects, from concourses to premium areas, emphasizing a commitment to enhancing the overall fan experience.
University of Central Florida’s Funding Approval for FBC Mortgage Stadium
The University of Central Florida secured $96 million in state funding for a new tower at FBC Mortgage Stadium, set to be operational by the 2026 season. Athletic Director Terry Mohajir highlighted the governance work ahead, and expressed excitement about creating new seating options and price points to accommodate the diverse fan base.
Western Michigan University’s Alcohol Sales Inside University Arena
Starting on January 1, 2024, Western Michigan will be permitted to sell alcohol inside University Arena, providing its basketball fans with an enhanced game-day experience.
Hawaii’s 2024 Football Home Opener in Doubt
The University of Hawaii’s 2024 football home opener against the University of Oregon faces uncertainty due to conference realignment challenges. Originally scheduled for the larger Aloha Stadium, the game’s move to the 15K-seat Ching Field presents revenue-generation challenges.
Restore the War Campaign Spurs Renovations at Wyoming
As part of the Restore the War campaign, renovations on the west side of Wyoming’s War Memorial are already underway. The reconstruction of lower west stands, a club seating area, and press box renovations are set to enhance the iconic stadium by the 2025 campaign.
Track and Field
Kansas State University Announces Impressive $12 Million Indoor Track Facility
Kansas State University unveiled its new $12M indoor track facility, featuring a 200-meter banked track, advanced lanes, elevated jump runways, and dedicated areas for hammer and discus.