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

On the drawing board

Projects totaling close to $1.6 billion are in various planning stages. Listed below are the major projects on the boards.

Facility (project completion)
Price (in millions)
University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium (TBD)
Notes: Having already secured a 25-year, $35 million naming-rights deal with TCF Bank, UM is asking the state to pay 40 percent of the cost of an open-air football stadium on campus. Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the Legislature to pass the bill this fall, partly because the naming-rights contract expires at the end of the year if progress hasn’t been made to secure additional funding.
University of Michigan Michigan Stadium (2009)*
Notes: HNTB has designed plans to add a second deck with 8,000 to 10,000 seats, pushing capacity above 113,000. A new press box, additional bathrooms, premium seats and concession areas are also part of the plan.
University of California, Berkeley Memorial Stadium (2008)*
Notes: Renovation of the 82-year-old football stadium is scheduled to begin in December 2006, although less than $60 million had been raised through mid-November.
University of Oregon Oregon Arena (2009)
Notes: This on-again, off-again project was announced on-again when school officials in October said that more than $1 million had been raised over the summer. The school earlier this year purchased land for the building, but the site will not be available until 2007.
University of Southern California USC High-Performance Center (2008)
Notes: USC announced last month that construction of the High-Performance Center will begin following the 2006 football season. Renovations to Los Angeles Memorial Stadium would begin once the training center is built.
University of Miami Orange Bowl Stadium (TBD)*
A key component of the renovation plan was resolved when Miami-Dade County voters approved a $2.9 billion general obligation bond in November 2004 that included $50 million for stadium improvements. That would be in addition to $16 million in funding from a 2001 voter-approved bond.
University of Illinois Memorial Stadium (2008)*
Notes: The stadium is tied as the third-oldest football facility in the Big Ten. Its last major renovation was 1991-92. HNTB is the architect.
Florida Atlantic University FAU Stadium (2008)
Notes: The athletic village mixed-use project was announced in August and includes a 40,000-seat domed stadium, restaurants, retail and residential units.
University of Tennessee Neyland Stadium (2007)*
Notes: Construction of phase one will start this month and will be finished by the start of next season. It includes building 414 outdoor club seats, with an indoor lounge space behind the seating area. The project is part of a plan announced last month to significantly upgrade 11 of the university’s athletic facilities over the next two years.
University of Maryland Byrd Stadium (2008)*
Notes: UM wants to add suites and 10,000 seats to its current capacity of 48,055.
University of Minnesota, Duluth UMD Hockey Arena (2008)
Notes: The university’s perennial hockey powerhouse plays in a 41-year-old building with no premium seating. UMD will pay $455,000 of the costs, with the rest coming from state and local sources.
University of Akron Zips Stadium (TBD)
$60 million
Notes: The proposed on-campus facility would replace the municipally owned 65-year-old current stadium.
University of Central Florida Golden Knights Stadium (2007)
Notes: The school’s board of trustees on Nov. 11 gave administrators the green light to build a $50 million to $60 million, 45,000-seat stadium on the north end of campus.
Washington State University Martin Stadium (2009)*
Notes: The entire stadium would receive a makeover, and new seating would result in a net gain of 1,650 seats, raising capacity to about 39,300.
Western Kentucky University L.T. Smith Stadium (2008)*
Notes: Changes to the football stadium include adding 8,000 seats (bringing the capacity to around 25,000), building a three-story athletic complex at the end of the stadium, and moving the playing field west.
Appalachian State University ASU training facility (2007)
Notes: The project includes a new baseball stadium and converting the existing stadium to softball.
Louisiana State University Alex Box Stadium (2008)
Notes: The new HOK-designed ballpark will have a capacity of 7,500-8,000.
Texas A&M University Aggies training facility (2008)
Notes: The university has proposed a new indoor football training facility.
Texas Tech University Jones SBC Stadium (2008)*
Notes: The project calls for improvements to the east side of the football stadium. Private donations will fund the plan, which would include a 1,000-car parking garage, 22 luxury suites and the addition of approximately 10,000 seats to the stadium. The parking garage could be ready by the 2007 season and the luxury suites by 2008.
Florida International University Florida International University Football Stadium and Field House (2008)
Notes: Bids went out in October for a 23,500-seat stadium.
UCLA Rose Bowl (TBD)*
Notes: HNTB has been selected to work on the proposed renovation.
University of Washington Husky Stadium (TBD)*
Notes: HOK Sport has been selected to work on the proposed renovation.


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