SBJ/December 5 - 11, 2005/SBJ In Depth

Major sports construction projects on campus

The following shows major sports facility projects under way on college campuses, ranked by total projected cost. Unless otherwise noted, the projects are scheduled to be completed in 2006.

Price (in millions)
University of Virginia John Paul Jones Arena
Notes: Designed by VMDO Architects and Ellerbe Becket, and built by Barton Malow, this 15,000-seat facility will be the most expensive college arena ever built. It includes 20 suites and 80 courtside seats.
Oklahoma State University Boone Pickens Stadium*
Notes: This expansion designed by architects Gary Sparks Cos. and Heery International will increase capacity by 26,000 to 73,000, including 1,900 club seats and 45 suites. Previous seating included only six suites. Alumnus and oil magnate T. Boone Pickens contributed $20 million to the project, while remaining funding came from an athletic department capital campaign.
University of Southern California Galen Center
Notes: The 10,258-seat basketball and volleyball arena will include a 45,000-square-foot pavilion, three practice courts and offices.
University of Iowa Kinnick Stadium*
Notes: Upgrades to one of the largest college-owned football facilities in the country will add more than 40 suites and 1,350 club seats, and more than double restrooms and concession points of sale.
Stanford University Stanford Stadium*
Notes: A renovation beginning this month will reduce capacity to 50,026 and will be ready in time for the 2006 season. The 85-year-old facility is tied as the seventh-oldest Division I-A venue.
Saint Louis University Saint Louis University Arena
Notes: The university’s basketball team currently plays its home games in Savvis Center and Family Arena, both off campus. The new 13,000-seat venue is on campus.
Northern Kentucky University Bank of Kentucky Arena
Notes: A $6 million, 20-year naming rights deal will help pay for the 10,000-seat basketball arena; state grants will pay for most of the project.
University of Nebraska Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex/Memorial Stadium*
Notes: New training facility project adjacent to Memorial Stadium includes the addition of 13 new skyboxes, pushing capacity above 80,000. A new indoor field house will be connected to the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex.
Nova Southeastern University Nova Southeastern University Center
Notes: A 300-acre campus in Fort Lauderdale, NSU has more than 25,000 students, but only 204 student-athletes. It is the largest independent institution of higher education in the Southeast.
University of Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium*
Notes: Stadium capacity will increase by 10,000 to 103,000. The Crimson Tradition Fund is paying for the project, which includes a new entrance plaza, additional sky boxes, a club-level area and more upper-deck seating.
University of California, Davis Multi-use stadium
Notes: Funding for the 12,000-seat stadium came entirely through an $18 per-quarter student fee begun in 2000.
University of Tennessee Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center (2007)
Notes: The HNTB-designed natatorium broke ground in October. The center will replace the current 30-year-old building.
Penn State University Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
Notes: The new 6,000-seat baseball stadium will have 20 suites and will be home to the New York-Penn League State College Spikes.
Texas Tech University Lubbock Stadium
Notes: Part of a $100 million public-private city redevelopment project, the plans include a minor league baseball tenant. The 7,100-seat stadium is designed by 360 Architecture and will include 1,514 premium seats.
California Polytechnic State University Memorial Field at Alex G. Spanos Stadium*
Notes: The project includes an expanded field, press box, donor suites, new lighting, a memorial plaza entrance and upgraded restrooms, and will expand seating capacity to 10,000. A donation from Alex Spanos led to changing the stadium’s name from Mustang Stadium.
Yale University Yale Bowl*
Notes: Vincent Benic Architects designed a massive overhaul of the 91-year-old stadium.
Ohio State University Woody Hayes Athletic Center* (2007)
Notes: This training center addition will include a new 15,000-square-foot therapy pool, double the football wing to 90,000 square feet, and add an indoor football field. Final bids were due Nov. 15, and work should begin early in January.
Dartmouth College Memorial Field*
Notes: Construction begins this month that will include replacing the field’s synthetic turf, tearing down the 83-year-old east grandstand and construction of a three-story building that will include about 3,000 stadium seats, a 10,000-square-foot varsity strength-training center, locker rooms, athletic offices and meeting rooms.
University of Texas UFCU Disch-Falk Field* (2008)
Notes: University Federal Credit Union agreed this summer to a 15-year, $13.1 million naming-rights deal. Renovation will include adding 1,400 seats, new concessions, restrooms and locker and weight rooms. Construction is scheduled to begin after the 2006 season.

* Indicates renovation
Source: SportsBusiness Journal research
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