SBD/Issue 161/Collegiate Sports

UCF Planning $70M Expansion, Renovation Of Athletic Facilities

UCF's New Athletic Facility Development Plan
Includes Seven New Projects In Next 10 Years

Univ. of Central Florida AD Keith Tribble said that the school is "poised to begin fundraising for a new athletic facility development plan, with seven new construction projects worth about $70[M] to be completed within the next 10 years," according to Iliana Limon of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The plan has "already been approved" by the UCF Athletic Association BOD, and "will be presented to the UCF board of trustees for approval before major fundraising gets under way for most of the projects." The "top three priorities on the list include renovating the track and soccer complex, building a new academic support center for athletes and renovating the baseball stadium." UCF is also "planning to renovate the baseball clubhouse, build a new tennis center, expand the Wayne Densch Sports Center that houses the football program and expand Bright House Networks Stadium." Tribble said that fundraising is "already under way for the track and soccer complex and construction should begin either late in the summer or early in the fall." The project "will transform the venue from a multipurpose field with bleachers into a true stadium." Tribble said, "In soccer, this will eventually give us an opportunity to host NCAA regional games and put our teams in the best possible position to advance in the NCAA tournament." Limon notes renovation of the ballpark "will be split into three phases and eventually add 3,380 seats to the current 800-seat capacity at Jay Bergman Field." Meanwhile, the Wayne Densch Center "would be expanded to add a larger locker room, a lounge, a larger equipment storage room and a bigger weight room." UCF also "would expand Roth Tower to include more suites and club seating during the first phase of Bright House Networks Stadium renovation." The school "would add 10,000 seats during the second phase, bringing" the 45,301-seat stadium to a capacity of 56,000 seats. UCF, which is currently part of Conference USA, is "hoping a summer of potential major conference realignment opens the door for the school to join the Big East, ACC or any other league with an automatic bid" to BCS games (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/4).

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