College Athletics Facilities Round-Up: February Part II

Welcome to the College Athletics Facilities Round-Up. In this bi-weekly series, BCS brings you the latest updates on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. We have some exciting updates to share, so let’s get right into it.

Baseball

Wake Forest’s Elevated Video Board

Wake Forest University has elevated its game with the installation of the Kentner Family Video Board at David F. Couch Ballpark. Made possible by a generous investment from alumni Pam and Jeff Kentner, this 23’ x 43’ Daktronics LED display promises an immersive viewing experience for fans as they cheer on the Demon Deacons this upcoming baseball season.

Maestri Field Upgrades at the University of New Orleans

New Orleans is gearing up for an enhanced fan experience at Maestri Field, with upgrades including pitch clocks and clubhouse flooring courtesy of a donation from Modern Flooring. Additionally, the installation of a replay system aligns with NCAA regulations, ensuring fair and accurate gameplay for the Privateers.

Marshall’s Grand Opening

February marks a significant milestone for Marshall as the school inaugurates its new baseball facility at Jack Cook Field. Fans can witness the dawn of a new era as the Thundering Herd take to the diamond against Manhattan, showcasing their state-of-the-art facility.

Football

USC Set to Renovate Football Facility

USC is on the brink of unveiling its revamped football facility, set to elevate the Trojans’ training and performance capabilities. With additions such as a second practice field and upgraded amenities, including locker rooms and player lounges, USC is poised to set new standards in collegiate football facilities.

Northwestern’s Venue Exploration

Northwestern finds itself at a crossroads amidst fan concerns regarding home game venues for the upcoming season. While plans for games at SeatGeek Stadium and Wrigley Field are confirmed, the Wildcats continue to explore options, highlighting the logistical complexities of scheduling in multiple venues.

Golf

Duquesne Finds a Home at Sewickley Heights Golf Club

Duquesne University’s women’s golf team is gearing up for an exciting transition come fall 2024. The Dukes have secured Sewickley Heights Golf Club as their new home turf, promising a premier venue for their upcoming seasons. This strategic move reflects Duquesne’s commitment to providing top-notch facilities for its athletes, while ensuring they have the resources needed to excel on the course.

Wrestling

Northern Iowa Unveils Vision for State-of-the-Art Training Facility

Northern Iowa wrestling has unveiled the latest conceptual renderings of its new training facility, set to redefine the standard for collegiate wrestling programs. This cutting-edge facility will feature ample space for multiple mats, dedicated areas for weight and cardio training, state-of-the-art locker rooms, and specialized rooms for training and rehabilitation.

Track and Field

Koger Field Renovation Plans Proposed

The Kentucky Board of Trustees is set to greenlight a $7 million renovation project at Kroger Field, focusing on upgrading ribbon video boards and lighting to enhance the fan experience. Additionally, the board will consider a $2M investment to replace the surface of the outdoor track and field complex, ensuring optimal conditions for athletes competing at the collegiate level.

New Daktronics Displays at Nebraska

Nebraska has stepped up its game with the installation of two new Daktronics LED displays inside the Devaney Sports Center. These impressive displays, measuring nearly five feet high by 110 feet wide, will elevate the spectator experience and provide athletes with cutting-edge technology to track their performance.

Hockey

Robert Morris Eyes Major Expansion with New Arena

Robert Morris University is setting its sights on a groundbreaking project with plans to build a state-of-the-art hockey arena on campus. This proposed 100K-square-foot facility will boast two sheets of ice, multiple locker rooms, ample practice and training space, and a seating capacity of 2,500. With a strategic focus on competitive excellence and community engagement, Robert Morris aims to secure $10 million in state funding to kickstart this transformative initiative. Keep an eye on RMU as they embark on this ambitious journey to take its Division I ice hockey programs to new heights.

Facilities

Unveiling of the 1899 Club at Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois is set to unveil its new 1899 Club, a multi-use facility designed to cater to the needs of college athletes across various sports, including football, volleyball, and basketball. This innovative space, featuring a training table for athletes, underscores the university’s commitment to holistic development and athletic excellence.

Iowa State Embarks on Display Upgrade Project

Iowa State is set to embark on a $16 million upgrade project for video displays and sound systems at Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum, the home of the school’s football and basketball programs. With Daktronics leading the installation of video boards and One Diversified handling the sound systems, these enhancements are poised to elevate the fan experience and set new standards in collegiate sports facilities.

That concludes the February Part II edition of the College Athletics Facilities Round-Up. Stay tuned for our next installment as we continue to track the groundbreaking developments shaping the landscape of collegiate sports facilities.

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