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SBD/November 13, 2013/Facilities
Univ. Of Arkansas Announces Plans For New $25M Basketball Practice Facility
Published November 13, 2013
UCONN HO! In Hartford, John Altavilla notes UConn is "considering soliciting naming rights for its basketball practice facility, which is expected to cost" between $35-40M and open in the spring of '14. IMG would "solicit corporations to seek interest in those rights." This likely means the venue "won't be named for any of the private donors who contributed to it." If UConn "chooses a corporation, it would be a break in tradition" from some of the other names on campus athletic facilities (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/13).
STAYING CLASSY: In San Diego, Matt Calkins notes San Diego State Univ. yesterday "announced its plans to build a state-of-the-art practice center for the men's and women's basketball teams." The privately funded, $14.5M facility is "projected to be ready-to-use by 2015." The SDSU basketball teams currently share "with the students at the Aztec Recreation Center when Viejas or Peterson Gym is in use." Men's basketball coach Steve Fisher has been "pushing for such a venue since the turn of the millennium" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/13).
RAISING CANE: In Miami, Susan Miller Degnan reports the Univ. of Miami is initiating a $7M fundraising effort to "build a lighted artificial turf football practice field, dining hall for athletes and four cold pools for cooling down and recovering after workouts." The project is "being called the Football Victory Fund," and the construction timetable is not yet known (MIAMI HERALD, 11/13).