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SBD/July 23, 2014/Facilities
LSU To Make $14M Off Club-, Suite-Level Seats In Stadium Expansion; Rice Eyes Upgrades
Published July 23, 2014
JOE MOVING DIRT: Rice Univ. AD Joe Karlgaard said the school is "closing in" on $30M needed to begin a multi-phase renovation of Rice Stadium. In Houston, Joseph Duarte noted the original design "called for an 80,000 square-foot facility -- which includes a locker room, team meeting and training areas, and coaches offices -- at a cost" of about $44M. But since then, Karlgaard said that university and athletic officials "have 'backtracked' to accommodate a scaled-down version that will include a 60,000 square-foot facility at a lower cost without sacrificing any of the amenities." The lower cost will "allow Rice to allocate other donations toward the rest of the stadium renovations while still constructing what Karlgaard said will be a 'Big 12-caliber' end zone facility" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/21).
LIFE IN DEATH VALLEY: In South Carolina, Aaron Brenner noted the Clemson Univ. Board of Trustees on Friday "gave its final approval to renovate all Memorial Stadium suites." The project is "estimated to cost" $25M, which will be "funded via revenue bonds." It is "scheduled to be finished" in time for the '15 football season. This will be the "first large-scale renovation to the suites in 20 years" (Charleston POST & COURIER, 7/19). Sports architect AECOM is designing the stadium upgrades as well as $40M in improvements to Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/21 issue).
HURRICANE WARNING: In West Palm Beach, Matt Porter noted the Univ. of Miami this summer "revamped its football practice fields, installing a 70-yard artificial turf surface and upgrading two full-size grass fields with a new drainage system, addressing a problem that forced the Hurricanes to periodically practice on its soccer and baseball fields." By October, the basketball teams will "get some love" with a $1M video board in the BankUnited Center (PALM BEACH POST, 7/21).