SBD/Issue 241/Collegiate Sports

Univ. Of Arizona Eyeing $378M Upgrade Of Sports Facilities

UA's $378M Sports Facility Upgrade Includes
A New Building In Arizona Stadium's End Zone
Univ. of Arizona (UA) officials yesterday said that the athletic department aims to spend $378M over the next 20 years or so to "upgrade its sports facilities," according to Patrick Finley of the ARIZONA DAILY STAR. The "most comprehensive plan in department history covers 12 major projects," with the "most prominent" being the construction of a building in Arizona Stadium's north end zone and a McKale Center upgrade. UA AD Jim Livengood said that the cost of the projects "will be paid for solely with private funds and is pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents in either December or January." Livengood "wouldn't reveal how much money he had raised for the project but said it was 'accurate' that the 18-month-old plan would not have come this far without assurances from donors." Livengood "outlined the plans, with the first step being" the $82M Arizona Stadium project, which "could begin after the 2010 football season and be completed two to three years later." The "centerpiece will be the construction of a four-story, mostly glass building in the area now occupied by aluminum bleachers in the north end zone." The structure "would have about 5,000 premium seats, replacing aluminum bleachers." The proposed building "would house football offices, locker rooms and a public concourse." A new video board "would be located in the south end zone." Livengood said that naming-rights to the end-zone building and the stadium itself "will be available" (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 9/2). Livengood said of the project, "If you look at it in its entirety, it's going to scare some people. It's massive." But he added, "If we don't do this now, nobody's going to call a timeout and say, 'Let's wait until Arizona can do this.' It needs to be done now" (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 9/2).

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