SBD/February 8, 2011/Facilities

Duke Looking At $100M Project To Upgrade Wallace Wade Stadium, Cameron Indoor

Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium currently has second-lowest capacity among ACC schools
Duke Univ. SID Art Chase indicated that the school is in the "planning stages of an ambitious $100 million upgrade to Wallace Wade Stadium and Cameron Indoor Stadium," according to Steve Wiseman of the Durham HERALD-SUN. Chase said that the plan "would expand Wallace Wade Stadium to 43,500 seats in addition to adding a new press box, 24 suites and 700 to 800 club seats." The stadium's current capacity is 33,000, the "second-lowest number in the ACC." Upgrades also would include "relocating the track that surrounds the football playing field and enclosing the south end to create a bowl." The "bulk of the money" raised would go to the football stadium renovations; Cameron Indoor Stadium "would receive about a quarter of the funds." Planned upgrades to the arena do not include "changes to the seating or courtside areas," but would "expand the lobby, add an upstairs club area and increase the number of concession stands and rest rooms." Wiseman noted the fundraising initiative "would begin this spring and is expected to take three to five years." Duke is working with HTNB on the project (Durham HERALD-SUN, 2/5).

HUSKY HOPES: In Tacoma, Don Ruiz reported Univ. of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar "revealed that UW is closing in on a major improvement" to its basketball complex. Romar said, "We are seriously looking at ... a new practice facility that will house our offices and the weight room and everything." He added that the addition would "be adjacent to Hec Edmundson Pavilion, perhaps around the area of the existing aquatics facility to the east or the Marv Harshman practice court to the north." It would "include a court reserved for the men's and women's basketball teams, and it would conveniently cluster locker rooms, training rooms and study and relaxation areas" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 2/5).
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