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October Athletics Construction Roundup

The Athletics Construction Roundup is a monthly series on construction of athletics facilities. Each month I’ll provide you with a list of athletic construction projects in progress (and recently completed) across the country, including details on budget and scope of the project.

University of Alabama
Trustees have approved $30 million for a total renovation of Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Construction plans will be announced at a later date but the work is expected to begin following the 2014 baseball season.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
After two years of debate over its location, Virginia Tech’s $25 million football indoor practice facility has been approved. In the best case scenario, work will begin in 2014 to be completed in time for the 2015 season.

University of North Dakota
Ground has been broken on the UND Athletics High Performance Center. The facility, which will be utilized by all teams, will feature a regulation football field and a track.

University of North Texas
With the addition of baseball as a varsity sport, a new facility should follow soon. Funds for that project are in the process of being raised.

University of Montana
Montana will begin construction on a $3 million student-athlete academic center. The previous academic success space was converted into offices.

Southern Illinois University
Work continues on SIU’s new baseball facility, Itchy Jones Stadium. The stadium is set to open on February 28 next year.

California State University, Fresno
Following two years of construction, work has been completed on Fresno State’s Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center. The building, which includes weight lifting areas, sports medicine facilities and lounge areas, is being billed as a “one-stop shop” for student-athletes.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Ground has been officially broken on UIC’s Curtis Granderson Stadium. In addition to being the home of the Flames, the stadium, funded by a donation from New York Yankee Curtis Granderson, will also be a major hub for youth baseball in the city.

Florida Gulf Coast University
This fascinating piece takes a look at the unique situation that FGCU faces in light of a sharp increase in enrollment. Currently, some varsity programs conduct strength and conditioning at a local L.A. Fitness.

Schools of the Pac-12 Conference
Thanks to a landmark deal, each football and basketball facility in the conference will feature Wi-Fi availability and increased cell reception.

Arizona State University
ASU has remodeled its Tillman Tunnel to include an image of Pat Tillman that appears to be leading the team onto the field.

University of Connecticut
UConn’s board of trustees has approved a $33.3 million basketball practice facility. In addition to standard areas for both the men’s and women’s teams, the building will include a basketball hall of fame.

Marshall University 
Renovations will allow Marshall to utilize the nearby Kennedy Center for its nonconference baseball home games. The Herd will continue to play Conference USA home contests in Charleston.

West Virginia University
Thanks to a Distributed Antennae System, fans who attend Mountaineer football games should see an increase in cell reception.

Kent State University
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place early this month for Kent State’s baseball and softball hitting facility. This new project is the latest in a series of upgrades to the baseball and softball facilities.

California State University, Fullerton
Following a much talked about trend, Cal State Fullerton has added some local flair to its arena floor.

University of New Mexico
Construction will begin soon on New Mexico’s McKinnon Family Tennis Center. The facility will feature six sunken courts.

James Madison University
JMU has unveiled a unique court design. This time lapse shows the process and finished project.

South Dakota State University
SDSU is in the early stages of planning a new 18,500 seat football stadium. The project could cost up to $65 million and be completed by the start of the 2016 season.

University of Texas at Arlington
UTA has announced a $5.5 million expansion of its baseball and softball complex. The new construction will include clubhouses for both teams.

North Carolina State University
NC State has unveiled renderings for its previously announced football indoor practice facility.

DePaul University
A firm has been selected for a new city owned arena in Chicago. DePaul will be the major tenant.

Boston University
New Balance Field, a shared use facility that will be the home to BU field hockey, has opened. In addition to athletics, the venue will be used by club sports, recreation, and intramurals.

A few non-DI notes:

Crusader Stadium at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor opened in late September. In this video, architects break down the design.

At Middlebury College, a squash facility, the first in a number of projects, is nearing completion.

Texas Lutheran University has announced a large scale that will create an athletic complex. Included in the project will be a football stadium, allowing games to be played on campus for the first time in 75 years.

Colorado School of Mines is building a $21 million football stadium.

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