College Athletics Facilities Round-Up: November Part II

Last Updated on November 30, 2023

Welcome back to the College Athletics Facilities Roundup, where we bring you the latest buzz on the transformation of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Part I of our November round-up brought some exciting developments, so let’s dive right into what’s new.

Facilities

The University of Portland Pilots: A Million Dollar Boost for Leadership and Facilities

Portland has reason to celebrate as the Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation has bestowed a $1 million gift. This significant contribution will support college athlete leadership and two groundbreaking facilities projects: the Patrick E., Becker, Sr. Track & Field Complex and the Tom & Meg Names Family Foundation Beach Volleyball Courts. Scott Leykam, the athletic director at Portland, expressed gratitude for the significant gift, emphasizing the profound impact it had on the athletic department’s LEAD program and the holistic development of its college athletes.

Cleveland State University’s Ambitious Arena Proposal

Cleveland State, in collaboration with Geis Companies, The Landes Group, Lincoln Property Company, Oak View Group, and Rock Entertainment Group, is poised to make a major transformation to its campus. Four finalists have been invited to submit proposals for a new multi-purpose, 5K-seat arena, potentially accompanied by a parking garage and mixed-use district. This aligns with the university’s ambitious $650M campus master plan unveiled last year.

Northwestern University’s Ryan Field Gets Green Light for Renovation

The Evanston City Council’s resounding 6-2 approval of the rezoning motion paves the way for Northwestern’s massive rebuild of Ryan Field, the home of the school’s football team. The $150 million investment over 15 years will also open the way for concerts and commercial opportunities at the complex, marking a significant step in the school’s commitment to enhancing its athletic infrastructure.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Vaqueros Performance Center Breaks Ground

UTRGV has raised the bar of its athletics facilities with the groundbreaking of the $45 million Vaqueros Performance Center. Expected to be completed by fall of 2025, this state-of-the-art facility will cater to multiple sports. Along with serving as a hub for the football program, it will offer cutting-edge amenities and academic support. Chasse Conque, the school’s athletic director, envisions it as a crown jewel of campus that will position the university at the forefront of Division I FCS.

Football

UCLA’s Angelo Mazzone III Fuels UCLA’s Then and Now Campaign

UCLA’s football program received a significant $1 million commitment from alumnus Angelo Mazzone III. This contribution targets critical areas for college athletes, including academic support, nutrition, technology, educational resources, and leadership development. The Wasserman Football Center’s Players’ Terrace is now named The Angelo Mazzone Players’ Terrace in recognition of this gift.

University of Louisiana Lafayette’s $65 million Renovation to Our Lady of Lourdes Stadium

The University of Louisiana recently unveiled plans for a $65 million renovation to the football program’s Our Lady of Lourdes Stadium’s west side. With 34 suites, 40 loge boxes, 524 club seats, and more, the project aims to elevate the stadium’s status as a premier venue by the 2025 season.

The University of Southern Miss Expands Reed Green Coliseum Renovations

Southern Miss recently secured a $35 million Educational Building Corporation bond approval, significantly increasing the Reed Green Coliseum renovations budget. The project, now closer to $43 million, includes expanded square footage, new scoreboards, sound systems, concourse enhancements, and more.

The University of Nebraska’s Controversial $450 Million Football Facilities Project

Nebraska’s ambitious $450 million football facilities project faced scrutiny within the state government. Despite concerns about tuition increases and university spending cuts, Cornhuskers athletic director Trev Alberts emphasized the project’s business strategy to replace lost revenue, ensuring sustained support for college athletes.

East Carolina University’s Progress on Indoor Practice Facility

East Carolina’s athletic director Jon Gilbert provided insights into the progress on a $22-25 million indoor practice facility. With over $15 million already raised, Gilbert sees this as a crucial element for the Pirates’ future success.

Basketball

Sacramento State University’s new Events Center

Sacramento State announced that it has secured $5.2 million in funding for a new events center located beyond Hornet Stadium. President Luke Wood expressed excitement about the facility, which will far exceed the capacity of its current arena, and will serve as the home for other programs as well.

Baseball

The University of Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium

Tennessee’s athletics department released renderings of the planned renovations to Lindsey Nelson Stadium, which is expected to accommodate over 8,000 fans after construction.

Soccer

San José State University Welcomes NWSL’s Bay FC

San José State recently became the home base for the National Women’s Soccer League’s new Bay FC franchise. The $2 million investment includes renovations to the former visiting locker room for the women’s team.

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