New $60M On-Campus Georgetown Basketball Facility Close To Groundbreaking
Georgetown Univ. men’s basketball coach John Thompson III said that the school’s "long awaited on-campus facility has taken a significant step forward in the planning process ... with only a final fund-raising push standing in the way of groundbreaking,” according to Liz Clarke of the WASHINGTON POST. Thompson said, “All the community, zoning and town issues and hurdles -- we are past those. So now it’s just a question of getting the money and putting the shovel in the ground.” Clarke noted the 130,000-square-foot building will be “constructed on the site of existing tennis courts next to McDonough Arena, which was built in 1951” and currently houses Georgetown women's basketball and volleyball. The new facility, estimated to cost $60M, is “designed to alleviate” congestion and “keep Hoyas basketball competitive with its Big East rivals, providing new practice courts, locker rooms and meeting rooms for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.” It also will house a “weight room, academic center, training room and locker rooms for all athletes" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/5). The Georgetown men's basketball team currently plays its home games at Verizon Center (THE DAILY).