SBJ/August 6 - 12, 2001/Facilities

9 firms want a shot at renovation of New Mexico's aging hoops 'Pit'

Nine architectural firms have submitted proposals for feasibility studies on upgrading and expanding the University of New Mexico's basketball arena — "The Pit."

The facility, officially named University Arena, is home to the school's men's and women's hoops teams. It has played host to several NCAA regional tournaments and the 1983 Final Four.

The Pit is 35 years old, however, and needs substantial renovations, according to Bill McGillis, UNM senior associate athletic director.

The university's initial request for proposals drew nine candidates, which now are being reviewed. The design firms that submitted proposals: HOK Sport, Ellerbe Becket, Rosser International Inc., Rossetti Associates, Sinks Combs Dethlefs, Heinlein Schrock Stearns, Cannon Design, DLR Group and Trahan Architects.

— Steve Cameron

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