College Athletics Facilities Round-Up: March Part I

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 from across the nation. As we delve into the first half of March we have some exciting updates, so let’s get started.

Basketball

Anticipated Practice Facility and Campus Recreation Center Unveiling at St. John’s

St. John’s University has unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art men’s and women’s basketball practice facility and campus recreation center. President Brian Shanley’s announcement teases the renovation and conversion of the Taffner Field House, a move set to redefine the training landscape for the Red Storm basketball programs. This ambitious project is scheduled for completion by the spring semester of 2027.

Huskies’ Basketball Training Facility Breaks Ground

The University of Washington has embarked on the construction of a $60 million, 40,000-square-foot basketball training facility. This facility, slated for completion in August 2025, promises to be a beacon of excellence for the Huskies basketball programs, featuring dedicated practice courts, a skywalk viewing area, and a meticulously designed lobby highlighting the rich history of UW basketball.

Hockey

Upgrades for the Black Bear’s Courtesy of the Harold Alfond Foundation

The University of Maine is poised to make substantial upgrades to the Harold Alfond Sports Arena and the Shawn Walsh Hockey Center, thanks to a generous $170 million investment from the Harold Alfond Foundation. These renovations will provide the Black Bears men’s and women’s ice hockey teams with revamped locker rooms, a cutting-edge film room, and a modern concourse entrance adorned with striking architectural elements. These enhancements aim to elevate the iconic venue into a premier destination for collegiate hockey.

Softball

Facility Improvements for Tennessee’s Softball Program 

Tennessee has announced the first phase of significant upgrades to the Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The $5.7 million project is designed to provide the Volunteers’ softball program with a top-tier facility. Highlights include a redesigned team clubhouse, enhanced coaches offices, and upgraded athletic training and academic study spaces. These improvements underscore the university’s commitment to providing its programs with the resources necessary for championship contention.

Baseball

Game-Changing Contribution for WVU from Ken Kendrick

West Virginia University has received a transformative gift from alumnus and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick, resulting in the renaming of the Monongalia County Ballpark to Kendrick Family Ballpark. This generous contribution will support the construction of a cutting-edge hitting and pitching facility, bolstering the Mountaineer baseball program and leaving a lasting legacy within the Monongalia County community.

Enhancing Facilities for Student-Athletes at FDU

Fairleigh Dickinson University has completed a $1.3 million renovation of the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex, enhancing the facility with improved bullpens, an expanded batting cage, and a modernized playing surface. These upgrades reflect FDU’s dedication to providing its college athletes with first-class facilities and furthering its commitment to excellence in collegiate athletics.

Soccer

Let There Be Light at UNH’s Tucker Field

The University of New Hampshire has scored big with a $2 million gift from Greg and Corinna Tucker to illuminate Tucker Field, the future home of the men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs. This transformative gift will not only brighten the field but will illuminate opportunities for enhanced community engagement and support for Wildcat athletics. UNH AD Allison Rich expressed her gratitude, highlighting the gift’s significance in bolstering the university’s connection with the community while ensuring top-notch facilities for its college athletes.

Football

Uncertainty Remains for Northwestern University 

Northwestern University finds itself in a unique predicament as it continues its search for a venue to host home football games this year. Despite exploring options at SeatGeek Stadium or Wrigley Field, logistical challenges and scheduling conflicts persist. The uncertainty surrounding the NU’s home stadium has created hurdles for opponents in booking nearby accommodations, underscoring the importance of resolving this issue promptly for all parties involved.

Facilities

Unveiling of Quinnipiac’s New College Athlete Facility

Quinnipiac University proudly unveiled its revamped strength & conditioning facility, now equipped with a Gatorade Hydration Station, available to all of its college athletes. This modernized space reaffirms Quinnipiac’s commitment to providing its athletes with top-tier resources to excel on and off the field.

Funding for Proposed Indoor Performance Center at ECU 

East Carolina University secured a significant boost with a $1.2 million investment from TowneBank, dedicated to the Pirates Unite Campaign for Comprehensive Excellence. These funds will fuel the proposed Isley Indoor Performance Center, further enhancing ECU’s athletic infrastructure and fostering a culture of excellence among its college athletes.

St. Bonaventure Receives Contributions to Support Planned Athletics Performance Center 

St. Bonaventure University received a generous $1 million gift from alumnus John M. Deignan to bolster the Bolder Bonaventure campaign. A portion of this contribution, totaling $500,000, will support the construction of the $15 million Athletics Performance Center. Bonnies AD Joe Manhertz emphasized the importance of expanding investments to enhance the college athlete experience in alignment with the evolving landscape of collegiate athletics.

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