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Title: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2012, 12:01:08 pm
The more a school has, the higher it ranked. We also took into account the overall presentation of the facilities -- how nice they were, how new they were and whether or not they were all self-contained to make life easier for the players.

7. Arkansas: The Hogs, who already had some of the best facilities in the league, are scheduled to move into their new $35 million football operations center prior to the 2013 season... (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/44750/ranking-the-secs-football-facilities)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: MuskogeeHogFan on June 14, 2012, 12:07:45 pm
The more a school has, the higher it ranked. We also took into account the overall presentation of the facilities -- how nice they were, how new they were and whether or not they were all self-contained to make life easier for the players.

7. Arkansas: The Hogs, who already had some of the best facilities in the league, are scheduled to move into their new $35 million football operations center prior to the 2013 season... (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/44750/ranking-the-secs-football-facilities)

It is an "arms race" and it has been for several years. All the more reason to insure that we have a top notch coach who continues to move us (in terms of wins) to the top of college football. More wins = more money in your program = better facilities = better recruiting.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogsonHicks on June 14, 2012, 12:11:27 pm
The more a school has, the higher it ranked. We also took into account the overall presentation of the facilities -- how nice they were, how new they were and whether or not they were all self-contained to make life easier for the players.

7. Arkansas: The Hogs, who already had some of the best facilities in the league, are scheduled to move into their new $35 million football operations center prior to the 2013 season... (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/44750/ranking-the-secs-football-facilities)

It would be interesting to see a complete facilities review, beyond just football.  I believe it's easily arguable to say that Arkansas has the best overall facilities (football, basketball, baseball, track) in the SEC. 

When I read through the 6 schools listed ahead of us on football facilities, I say "ugh" about their basketball and baseball facilities. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: MuskogeeHogFan on June 14, 2012, 12:14:43 pm
It would be interesting to see a complete facilities review, beyond just football.  I believe it's easily arguable to say that Arkansas has the best overall facilities (football, basketball, baseball, track) in the SEC. 

When I read through the 6 schools listed ahead of us on football facilities, I say "ugh" about their basketball and baseball facilities. 

Only problem with that is, football is king and makes the majority of revenue for all other sports. Embracing all other sports is great, but you invest the majority of your money where you stand the best chance of making more money, and then all other sports benefit.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CDBHawg on June 14, 2012, 12:16:45 pm
We have some of the best in the league they say, yet rank us 7th.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2012, 12:24:18 pm
Also, when the new operations center opens, the football ranking would improve... until the next school sees the center and raises.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: blacksuit on June 14, 2012, 12:25:04 pm
I wonder how much weight they gave to # of seats in the stadium. Are we ranked on what we're about to have with the new facility, or on what we have now? Hard to tell. The top 6 are the 6 wealthiest programs in the league, and we're right up there with them. Kinda surprised that Florida has no indoor field, but I suppose the weather is nice out there.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CDBHawg on June 14, 2012, 12:26:55 pm
Six ahead of us and seven behind us.  That statement makes logical sense.  But I think what they were trying to convey is how nice our facilities actually are.  Look at the schools ranked ahead of us.  Being seventh in the SEC isn't a slap in the face.  You can be seventh in the SEC and still be around the top ten in the nation.

So if we finish 7th in the conference this year, we are one of the best teams in the league? I think not.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Danny J on June 14, 2012, 12:29:57 pm
So if we finish 7th in the conference this year, we are one of the best teams in the league? I think not.
Finishing 7th in the sec is very good...

Sincerely,

Houston Dale Nutt
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on June 14, 2012, 12:33:36 pm
Obviously, we should be paying the players.  It's clear from this article we simply don't do enough for them.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogsonHicks on June 14, 2012, 12:41:32 pm
Only problem with that is, football is king and makes the majority of revenue for all other sports. Embracing all other sports is great, but you invest the majority of your money where you stand the best chance of making more money, and then all other sports benefit.

I agree that football is king, but the quality of our collective facilities speaks well for our commitment to Men's athletics.  The ideal situation is to maximize profits in football while making sure the other sports are at best profitable, and at worst self-sufficient.   
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WizardofhOgZ on June 14, 2012, 01:45:48 pm
The SEC conducted a comprehensive study of facilities in the SEC a few years ago and ranked each school in each sport and overall.  The SEC ranked Arkansas no. 1 overall, and no. 5 in football.  I think that illustrates two things: How good our non-football facilities are, and how close the football facilities are among the top eight programs.

Actually, that was done by the main S. Carolina newspaper, "The State" about 7 or 8 years ago (not "The SEC").  It ranked LSU as being tops in football, and Arkansas in both Basketball and Baseball.  Today, without a practice facility, Basketball would be down a few notches.  But Baseball is still tops and I think once we finish our Football Ops center we will be top 4 or 5 for sure in Football.  The only thing ANY football facility will have over us is number of people in attendance, but we lead in private boxes which drives revenue, and the rest of the facility is fabulous.

I'd have included a link to The State's story, but it seems they no longer have it on their website (link doesn't work any more).
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Southpointhog on June 14, 2012, 01:47:30 pm
This is horse crap....been to Auburn this summer and the Hogs facilities is so much better than theirs!!!!  The only thing better would be game day locker room...that is it.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WILL CLINTON on June 14, 2012, 01:57:22 pm
Man, in the comments section the Mizzou fans are pulling the opposite of a Ted Roosevelt.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on June 14, 2012, 02:11:24 pm
I think #7 is about accurate for now. Ours have fallen behind our brethren, especially in areas such as practice fields, locker rooms and video boards.
Luckily, we are doing something about it and next year should move into the top 5.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: dynastyhog on June 14, 2012, 02:15:49 pm

7. Arkansas: The Hogs, who already had some of the best facilities in the league, are scheduled to move into their new $35 million football operations center prior to the 2013 season... (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/44750/ranking-the-secs-football-facilities)

Didn't Frank already tell us this?   ;)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hog Fan...DOH! on June 14, 2012, 03:21:29 pm
Six ahead of us and seven behind us.  That statement makes logical sense.  But I think what they were trying to convey is how nice our facilities actually are.  Look at the schools ranked ahead of us.  Being seventh in the SEC isn't a slap in the face.  You can be seventh in the SEC and still be around the top ten in the nation.

Some people have a total lack of understanding and disregard for context- and I'm not referring to your post. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Switzer77 on June 14, 2012, 03:26:00 pm
Arkansas is right up there no doubt. Really hoping Mizzou can make good on some of the things we keep hearing about.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Shag66 on June 14, 2012, 03:52:12 pm
It would be interesting to see a complete facilities review, beyond just football.  I believe it's easily arguable to say that Arkansas has the best overall facilities (football, basketball, baseball, track) in the SEC. 

When I read through the 6 schools listed ahead of us on football facilities, I say "ugh" about their basketball and baseball facilities. 

LSU competes with us across the board but other than them I can't think of anyone else who has facilities even close to ours in the big three and when you consider ALL sports we have got to be far ahead.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: big_daddy_gasoline_pants on June 14, 2012, 03:56:29 pm
I thought the title said they ranked the SEC's football facilities?  Why are we arguing about baseball?



Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Ray Piggers on June 14, 2012, 04:04:13 pm
Just wait til our stadium is expanded. Top 5 at least. If not top 3.

Bama, LSU, Tenner, Florida, Aubbie, and Georgia aren't bad though. I'd say 7th is about right... For now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: b0sc0b on June 14, 2012, 04:24:09 pm
It is an "arms race" and it has been for several years. All the more reason to insure that we have a top notch coach who continues to move us (in terms of wins) to the top of college football. More wins = more money in your program = better facilities = better recruiting.
Well, for the moment, thank goodness that we have some nice buildings 'cause we ain't got the coach part.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HG on June 14, 2012, 06:42:59 pm
Of the six ahead of us, only one (UGA) hasn't won a BCSNC.   And UGA really should have with the talent it's had.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on June 14, 2012, 07:07:13 pm
Haha.  Perfect description of Mizzou:  The smaller the stick the louder they shout.

Missouri will never have the facilities of Arkansas, but how many schools do? But in the 2 major sports football and basketball they have been better the last 5 years and the last 10 years..  and they have done it with crappy facilities..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 15, 2012, 03:13:37 pm
'12 Hog opponent Kentucky's football players call facility upgrades an energy boost (http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/14/2225049/kentucky-football-players-call.html)
 
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The changes are mostly decorative, with nearly life-sized pictures of former UK players now playing professionally along the main wall as well as a place for the stars of the most recent game to be featured.At the outside entrance to Nutter is new signage, and just inside the door near the coaches' offices is a floor-to-ceiling metallic "K."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: UnBoarleiveable on June 15, 2012, 03:39:27 pm
I think #7 is about accurate for now. Ours have fallen behind our brethren, especially in areas such as practice fields, locker rooms and video boards.
Luckily, we are doing something about it and next year should move into the top 5.

I'll bet that us switching from Coke to Pepsi products at our stadium dropped us at least 3-4 spots in this poll!
I mean what respectable pollster wouldn't put a check mark against us for such a bone headed move???

 ;)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: atekido on June 15, 2012, 09:30:33 pm
if all sports were taken into consideration we would be #1 by a huge margin.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WILL CLINTON on June 16, 2012, 12:07:25 am
Missouri will never have the facilities of Arkansas, but how many schools do? But in the 2 major sports football and basketball they have been better the last 5 years and the last 10 years..  and they have done it with crappy facilities..

Let's see how you do in the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on June 16, 2012, 03:45:35 pm
Yap yap yap yap yap.   Guess what little doggie...  You're finally gonna get your chance to bite.  But till then, by all means, keep on yappin.

It's not my fault we haven't been better than Missouri in recent history ( 5-10 years) .. don't yap at me... we have been pretty awesome the last 2 years but that was with BP and BP is gone.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on June 16, 2012, 03:50:50 pm
Arkansas's football facilities are better than 7th by a good margin. These guys are judging by the total # the stadium holds and the fact we need the football center right now. SC doesn't practice in a field any better than what I practiced in as a boy. A couple of years ago I watched them practice in the spring. Arkansas's weight room is as good as anyone has including the pros.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CDBHawg on June 16, 2012, 03:52:45 pm
Arkansas's football facilities are better than 7th by a good margin. These guys are judging by the total # the stadium holds and the fact we need the football center right now. SC doesn't practice in a field any better than I practiced in as a boy a couple of years ago. Arkansas's weight room is as good as anyone has including the pros.

Thank you. How can it be said that we have some of the best in the league, then rank us seventh. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on June 16, 2012, 03:56:01 pm
Arkansas's football facilities are better than 7th by a good margin. These guys are judging by the total # the stadium holds and the fact we need the football center right now. SC doesn't practice in a field any better than what I practiced in as a boy. A couple of years ago I watched them practice in the spring. Arkansas's weight room is as good as anyone has including the pros.

I agree, this ranking is half stupid, If they go by how many seats is better that's ridiculous.  Overall Arkansas has some of the best facililties in the nation..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on June 16, 2012, 04:06:07 pm
Thank you. How can it be said that we have some of the best in the league, then rank us seventh. 
Just like some supposed to be objective people rank our recruiting classes 10TH or worse in the league when it is nothing more than conjecture on their part. We are still  the red headed step child to them in the SEC. It is perception and SC and even Texas A&M will pass us in their eyes because no matter, they just look down their nose at us. How do those tenth ranked on average recruiting classes look now. I can't think of a Razorback squad that looked this well entering a season with the possible exception of the 78 Lou Holtz squad. I think some gurus screwed up.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CDBHawg on June 16, 2012, 04:13:22 pm
Just like some supposed to be objective people rank our recruiting classes 10TH or worse in the league when it is nothing more than conjecture on their part. We are still  the red headed step child to them in the SEC. It is perception and SC and even Texas A&M will pass us in their eyes because no matter, they just look down their nose at us. How do those tenth ranked on average recruiting classes look now. I can't think of a Razorback squad that looked this well entering a season with the possible exception of the 78 Lou Holtz squad. I think some gurus screwed up.

Tis' true.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: IronHog on June 16, 2012, 04:14:36 pm
LSU competes with us across the board but other than them I can't think of anyone else who has facilities even close to ours in the big three and when you consider ALL sports we have got to be far ahead.


If Arkansas wants to win a SEC championship they need to spend more on football and less on other sports.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CDBHawg on June 16, 2012, 04:19:00 pm

If Arkansas wants to win a SEC championship they need to spend more on football and less on other sports.

I'd take it a step further and say do away with Title IX.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: galactivation on June 16, 2012, 05:17:29 pm
Auburn's facilities are AWFUL
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Jeff "hogfanintx" Anderson on June 16, 2012, 05:22:38 pm
I'll bet that us switching from Coke to Pepsi products at our stadium dropped us at least 3-4 spots in this poll!
I mean what respectable pollster wouldn't put a check mark against us for such a bone headed move???

 ;)


I actually prefer Pepsi! Lol
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: deblaylock06 on June 16, 2012, 08:51:53 pm
Auburn #5???  they have sports other than football??
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: deblaylock06 on June 16, 2012, 08:56:32 pm
I'm convinced they are basing this off nothing more than Football facilities.  Otherwise we'd be further up on the list.  We are an all around sports program.  We have top shelf facilities for EVERY sport not just 1 like some of these schools. 

Plus...if they want to count seats, we have about 127,000 seats and can fit about 130,000 into our football stadiumS.  100,000 ain't darn
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on June 16, 2012, 09:00:59 pm
Re: ESPN ranks the SEC's football facilities

yeah, its football only.

i'd be willing to bet Low never left Knoxville for this article.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Arkapigdiesel on June 16, 2012, 09:56:51 pm
You can be seventh in the SEC and still be around the top ten in the nation.

I concur.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HG on June 17, 2012, 12:08:53 am
Auburn #5???  they have sports other than football??

Not since Charles Barkley ate the entire basketball team right before the NBA draft.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HamHands on June 17, 2012, 10:08:57 am
We have some of the best in the league they say, yet rank us 7th.

I thought that was odd too. If we already had some of the best in the league and are improving on that, how do we fall into the middle of the pack? What does Arkansas have to do to move into the top four or five in the league? Get black uni's?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 21, 2012, 06:20:28 am
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Below is [ESPN SEC Blog's] best effort at ranking the football facilities in the SEC, and when we say facilities, we’re including the stadium, locker room, weight room, training room, team meeting room, indoor practice complex, coaches’ offices and academic learning center into the equation.

The more a school has, the higher it ranked. We also took into account the overall presentation of the facilities -- how nice they were, how new they were and whether or not they were all self-contained to make life easier for the players.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2012, 11:14:16 am
State football fans might have to dodge a little construction equipment while attending games this fall at Scott Field.

Construction on the proposed $80 million stadium expansion should be started sometime before the Bulldogs' season ends.

"There are two things that generate a lot of feedback from fans: stadium expansion and uniforms," Stricklin said. "I know people are passionate and they care about it."

The project will add an estimated 6,000 seats before the 2014 season, when the Bulldogs open the renovated stadium in time for its 100th anniversary in an Aug. 30 game against Southern Miss.

Davis Wade Stadium, the second-oldest stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision and second-smallest stadium in the SEC, seats 55,082.

Roughly 2,500 seats - metal bleachers in the north end zone - will be removed to accommodate the expansion. The north end zone will seat close to 9,000 fans - 7,000 bleacher seats, 1,500 premium seats and a combination of club seats, skyboxes and loge seats, Stricklin said.
 (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120622/SPORTS030102/206220323/-80-million-stadium-expansion-will-start-fall-Mississippi-State?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2012, 03:20:54 pm
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/45271/mizzou-looking-to-expand-stadium
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on June 26, 2012, 03:28:16 pm
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/45271/mizzou-looking-to-expand-stadium

That's a good link. We have a tendancy on Hogville to worry about numbers of seats.
Faurot field can be a crazy place and it holds about the same amount that RRS seats, but the design makes it louder when full of people. No one is saying it's LSU or any big SEC atmosphere, but it's at least every bit as loud as razorback stadium.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2012, 12:52:20 pm
Kyle Field rendering causes Internet stir (http://www.aggiesports.com/article/20120627/AS01/120629664/1041/as)

(http://bcweb.sx2.atl.publicus.com/storyimage/BC/20120627/AS01/120629664/AR/0/AR-120629664.jpg&q=100&maxh=300&maxW=630)
Courtesy AggieSports, Lucid Arts
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2012, 12:56:14 pm
(http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2012/06/26/20/59/SATOV.Em.81.jpeg)
courtesy of the University of Missouri Athletic Department
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 04, 2012, 12:35:19 pm
Work is continuing on the reconstruction of two practice fields.

Yes, even on the Fourth of July. It's no holiday for these workers.

The urgency is understandable. Preseason camp begins in roughly a month. (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/07/reconstruction_of_alabamas_foo.html)
 

Time lapse presentation of the tower implosion. (http://blog.al.com/tuscaloosa/2012/07/there_she_blows_rose_towers_im.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on July 05, 2012, 11:23:04 am
Six ahead of us and seven behind us.  That statement makes logical sense.  But I think what they were trying to convey is how nice our facilities actually are.  Look at the schools ranked ahead of us.  Being seventh in the SEC isn't a slap in the face.  You can be seventh in the SEC and still be around the top ten in the nation.

Exactly.  Similar to us being the third best team in our own division last year but a top 10 team nationally nonetheless.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 06, 2012, 12:24:50 pm
I wonder how much weight they gave to # of seats in the stadium. Are we ranked on what we're about to have with the new facility, or on what we have now? Hard to tell. The top 6 are the 6 wealthiest programs in the league, and we're right up there with them. Kinda surprised that Florida has no indoor field, but I suppose the weather is nice out there.

Auburn's Football Stadium is a dump! Surely they must have been using capacity to rank that place as high as they apparently have. 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2012, 05:00:46 pm
Vandy has made "preliminary plans to construct an expansion of the current student recreation center, pending approval from the Board of Trust, that would include a 120-yard turf field and a 300-meter track, as well as expanded areas for cardio and other sports activities."

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: budcampbellfan on July 23, 2012, 12:32:35 pm
Auburn facilities include refs.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 24, 2012, 08:41:05 am
LSU Tiger Stadium expansion gets OK from Bond Commission (http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/07/lsu_stadium_expansion_gets_ok.html)
 
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A state financing panel Thursday gave the final approval needed for LSU to begin a planned expansion to Tiger Stadium that will add new seats to the stadium's south end zone.

The Bond Commission gave quick passage without objection to a $75 million borrowing plan for the expansion that will push Tiger Stadium's capacity to nearly 100,000 people, making it among the largest university stadiums in the Southeastern Conference.

LSU has said construction will begin this fall with completion scheduled for the summer of 2014.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pig in the Pokey on July 24, 2012, 09:09:05 am
So if we finish 7th in the conference this year, we are one of the best teams in the league? I think not.
well, we are picked 3rd in the west which means 5th-7th in league, so that's where we are in perception. better than 8th or ninth in a 14 team league. i'd still put us 4th in the SEC behind UT, UA, LSU. no way are Auburn, Florida, and Georgia better than what we have! the extra 20k seats must be VERY important to Low.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2012, 11:17:21 am
Missouri athletic officials are researching whether it's possible to have the expansion to Memorial Stadium's east side put on the fast track. (http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/jul/24/stadium-project-could-be-on-fast-track/?tigerextra)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2012, 10:29:31 am
The "wow factor" of Tennessee's new $45 million football practice facility remains work in progress. As Vols coach Derek Dooley led a media tour past workers and through construction on Friday, he was extolling a vision of the state-of-the-art technology and design more so than actual reality.

No matter, the prevailing circumstances didn't diminish his view of the surroundings.

"This is going to be the gold standard for the next 15-20 years,'' he said. (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/jul/27/wow-factor-showcased-in-ut-practice-facility/?partner=RSS)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: razorbackkid on July 29, 2012, 08:23:46 am
Auburn facilities include refs.

Nice.  +1
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 30, 2012, 05:58:22 pm
With the opening of the Kentucky Coal Lodge, UK added to their basketball facility gap. (http://vaughtsviews.com/?p=22134)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: twistitup on July 30, 2012, 06:01:08 pm
Let see the rankings once our new facilities are completed....got to be top 5.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2012, 09:11:04 am
http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/01/bamas-9-million-strength-facility-to-have-a-juice-room/#
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on August 02, 2012, 11:49:55 am
http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/01/bamas-9-million-strength-facility-to-have-a-juice-room/#

Jose Canseco is a Bama booster?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2012, 03:48:47 pm
The Head Ball Coach: "At Florida the stadium was undergoing some big work. They added about 10,000 seats, and then my senior year we brought in some more seating. We went from 40-something-thousand to more than 60,000. The demand was up because we were winning. And the school made sure to keep up with that demand. I learned something right there about facilities. If you want to catch the big boys, then you have to look like them. Nice facilities make kids want to play there, they make them better players and students while they are there, and it makes the whole campus stand up a little straighter. It's a pride and perception thing." (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8243950/steve-spurrier-discusses-evolution-sec-espn-magazine)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 09, 2012, 04:03:50 pm
Auburn facilities include refs.

Touche~  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2012, 07:41:35 am
New video board at SC's Williams-Brice Stadium (http://twitter.com/DarrylSlater/status/235461984538210304/photo/1)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RazorBassin on August 15, 2012, 04:36:15 pm
http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2012/miss-state-davis-wade-stadium-video-tour/

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2012, 10:23:14 pm
http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2012/08/15/msu-to-expand-davis-wade-stadium-to-61337-seats-with-video/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Aston Martin 8 dude on August 16, 2012, 12:56:11 pm
It doesn't matter what renovations/upgrades they make to the stadium. Ultimately the school is still in Starkville and unfortunately that's beyond improvement.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2012, 03:39:21 pm
Perez Taylor's cousin, Terez Paylor: Seven of the 15 biggest college football stadiums in the country belong to schools in the SEC, and all but two of the league’s venues were, on average, 92 percent full in last season. Eight of them surpassed the 98-percent barrier.

In comparison, Missouri’s Memorial Stadium was, on average, 87.5 percent full last season, which would have put the school ahead of only Vanderbilt. (http://www.kansascity.com/2012/08/16/3766228/even-sec-schools-with-medicore.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2012, 08:01:49 am
Feldman: The loudest stadiums I've ever been in (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/bruce-feldman/20049085/top-10-list:-loudest-stadiums-i've-ever-been-in)
 
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Tiger Stadium, LSU: It's only the country's eighth-biggest stadium, with a capacity more than 17,000 less than Michigan Stadium, but “Death Valley” is the pound-for-pound king of noise in college football. The place is just mind-numbingly loud for a ridiculous amount of time
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: budcampbellfan on September 05, 2012, 10:01:56 am
well, we are picked 3rd in the west which means 5th-7th in league, so that's where we are in perception. better than 8th or ninth in a 14 team league. i'd still put us 4th in the SEC behind UT, UA, LSU. no way are Auburn, Florida, and Georgia better than what we have! the extra 20k seats must be VERY important to Low.
True.  The first and biggest stat. in facilities is stadium capacity.  You can talk and make excuses all you want but until you have 90,000 you ain't gonna get bragged on as much.

Build it they will come.  The longer we wait the more behind we get.  The others are not waiting.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on September 05, 2012, 12:16:15 pm
I thought that was odd too. If we already had some of the best in the league and are improving on that, how do we fall into the middle of the pack? What does Arkansas have to do to move into the top four or five in the league? Get black uni's?

Actually, we don't.  We've been perpetuating that line for years because we renovated the stadium over a decade ago and have a great weight room, but we were lagging behind in other areas.  We'll be up there with the new FOC, but our locker rooms, meeting rooms, coaches' offices, and other areas are very out of date at present.  They weren't even showing visiting recruits our locker rooms because they were so out of date.  That, coupled with the arms race that is the SEC right now, is the entire reason we're building the new Football Operations Center in the first place.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Calling All Hogs on September 05, 2012, 12:26:50 pm
Auburn's facilities are AWFUL

I think they included the casinos Auburn uses to launder money to recruits as a facility.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on September 05, 2012, 02:31:45 pm
I think they included the casinos Auburn uses to launder money to recruits as a facility.

That, as well as Lee County jail in Opelika, which technically counts as an AU facility.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on September 05, 2012, 02:45:54 pm
Missouri has the best football facilities in the SEC hands down.

Okay maybe if it was the 1950's ...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The Chief on September 05, 2012, 03:01:29 pm
Missouri has the best football facilities in the SEC hands down.

Okay maybe if it was the 1950's ...

And the other SEC schools were located in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I'll be here all week.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Calling All Hogs on September 05, 2012, 05:59:15 pm
That, as well as Lee County jail in Opelika, which technically counts as an AU facility.
:)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2012, 03:47:24 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A2npnrpCAAE3P9V.jpg)
Tide Source

Construction on Bama's new weight room.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 26, 2012, 05:16:07 pm
A&M plans $450 million in renovations to Kyle Field, chancellor tells local officials  (http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20120925-am-plans-450-million-in-renovations-to-kyle-field-chancellor-tells-local-officials.ece)
 
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The Texas A&M University System plans to spend up to $450 million on renovations to Kyle Field to keep home football games in College Station and wants local governments to pitch in $38 million.

Chancellor John Sharp told those numbers to a select group of local government officials at an impromptu meeting Monday afternoon, according to multiple officials in attendance. The group of community leaders discussed tentative plans for renovating Kyle Field. Renovation costs ranged from $425 to $450 million and seating ranged from 93,000 to 103,500, according to officials. The construction would be spread over three years, the officials said.

A System official confirmed the figures were discussed at the meeting.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on September 27, 2012, 09:03:42 am
A&M plans $450 million in renovations to Kyle Field, chancellor tells local officials  (http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20120925-am-plans-450-million-in-renovations-to-kyle-field-chancellor-tells-local-officials.ece)
 

If they're going to bowl in Kyle Field, as it looks in that rendering above, it'll hold well over 100,000.  They would fill it, too.  Say what you want about Texas A&M, but their fans show up rain, shine, win or lose.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: khass10 on September 27, 2012, 09:50:48 pm
We have some of the best in the league they say, yet rank us 7th.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on September 28, 2012, 08:29:49 am


We don't have some of the best in the league, and I touched on that above.  Outside of our weight room, our other facilities (i.e. training rooms, locker room, meeting areas, coaches offices) were woefully outdated. 

People need to get past the renovation to Razorback Stadium and realize that there's a reason we're in the middle of building a palatial $35 million football operations facility. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 29, 2012, 10:58:54 am
Dirty lowdown on Kyle Field's expansion (http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/texas-aggies/20120928-hairopoulos-the-lowdown-on-kyle-field-s-expansion-what-you-can-expect.ece)

What's the news on Kyle Field's expansion? And what do you think of the improvements so far?

Kate Hairopoulos: I'm working on a Kyle Field piece (Hair piece?)...A&M is making no bones about it. They want the new stadium to be special; to rank among the best in the country. It will be bigger and fancier, with more suites and premium seating. The redevelopment committee is working to enhance existing traditions and, per Kevin Sumlin's request, to make it louder and more intimidating. Lots of hubbub in College Station about if the team will need to play out of town for a year or more. Certainly, that's not ideal for anybody. The school would lose money, too. Reliant Stadium in Houston seats 71,000. Kyle can get 87,000 in there. But it could be more expensive to rebuild Kyle in stages, too. Lots of intrigue. Redevelopment committee is down to a handful of options, then forwards recommendations to president Loftin, who then goes to Board of Regents.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2012, 01:17:36 pm
The football landscape in the Southeastern Conference is such that Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams can't be concerned about keeping pace with the progress that surrounds him.

Take Tennessee, the in-state rival to the east. That school is completing a football practice facility with a price tag of $45 million.

"I don't know how to describe it," Williams said. "It's beyond belief."

So, when Vanderbilt felt the need for a new facility, the university went for something less elaborate that could be used by more than the football team.

Vandy also has made upgrades to its stadium but has never seen the need to match SEC venues that have 80,000-plus seats. And while some schools in the conference are spending close to $100 million annually on athletics, Williams is pleased to have seen his budget nearly double to almost $60 million since 2003. (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/vanderbilt-tries-to-keep-up-in-sec/article_38b74e4f-ed89-5a5f-b4f3-e3280a5a6a6b.html)

Note that Williams is the highest paid AD in the SEC by far though he has other responsibilities at Vandy.

The official AD title was recently added.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2012, 10:57:17 am
Kentucky makes another solid facility investment for a sport not named "football"

New, state of the art $12.9 million outdoor facility designed specifically for the track and field program. (http://kykernel.com/2012/10/10/new-track-facility-among-best-in-country/)
 
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Included in the festivities was a local band playing in the background during a tour of the indoor track facilities. Tyson Gay, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist in 4×100 meters and a Lexington native, also attended the event.

The new track, located near Cliff Hagan Stadium, is a part of UK’s plans to host the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the premier event to show off the new facilities.

Both Barnhart and Floreal credited retired track and field head coach Don Weber with the hard work in pushing for a new outdoor facility and ensuring that a new track would be here well after he retired.

“My message is pretty simple. You guys have gone this far in supporting Don. I’m hoping you can go a little bit further,” Floreal said in a message to supporters of the program Friday. “But if people want to get along and support each other and help build this thing to the next level (without their assistance), it’s not going to happen. We’re not going to build this thing to the point where Don hoped for it to become without your help.”

Weber, who was head coach of the track and field team for 33 years at UK, attended the ceremonies and spoke to the crowd about the new track that represents his legacy to UK.

“With Shivley Sports Center, the indoor track at Nutter Field House and now this facility, we have the best infrastructure in college track and field,” Weber said. “I have no doubt Edrick, his coaches and his athletes will build the most competitive track team in the history of UK.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2012, 03:00:55 pm
Take the elevator to the top floor of the Lawson Center before strolling across the glass walkway overlooking the indoor football field on your way to the Tennessee athletic department's executive offices and the conclusion is inescapable: The Vols have gorgeous facilities that must be among the nation's best.

Right?

"No," says Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart forcefully. "We've got a lot of work to do." (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/oct/18/tennessee-ad-dave-hart-says-vols-must-move-with/)
 
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"We have some innate challenges," Hart said. "Each year that those disadvantages remain on the table, you set yourselves back."

If that's surprising to you, well, Hart's been doing a lot of wake-up calls since he arrived from Alabama as UT's athletic director one year ago. He said the gap between perception and reality has been one of the most difficult challenges of the job.

The perception: Tennessee's athletic department is flush with cash and financially healthy. The reality, according to Hart? "We are carrying the largest — by far — debt service in the conference and the smallest — by far — reserve in the conference."

The perception: Tennessee's facilities are on par with the best in the SEC. Even when the new Football Training Center is completed, that won't be the case, Hart said. "We've got a long way to go, and we've got a lot of priorities that have to be put in motion."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 09:31:28 am
bradlocke ‏@bradlocke
FYI, exact amount of Harrell Contracting Group's contract for Davis Wade renovations: $62,646,000. Not sure if that was already out there.

bradlocke ‏@bradlocke
A reminder, the total budget for the renovation is $80 million, and MSU said a few months ago the total cost would be $75 million.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 12:21:31 pm
The university's Board of Trustees will meet Friday morning in Auburn in a regularly-scheduled meeting in which both Gogue and Jacobs will attend. AD Jacobs is scheduled to address a proposed renovation of baseball's Plainsman Park. Football is not on the agenda. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/11/jay_jacobs_recommendation_on_g.html#incart_river)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 15, 2012, 12:43:43 pm
If they're going to bowl in Kyle Field, as it looks in that rendering above, it'll hold well over 100,000.  They would fill it, too.  Say what you want about Texas A&M, but their fans show up rain, shine, win or lose.

I guess you haven't watched some of their games recently. They were not always full.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on November 15, 2012, 02:38:45 pm
I guess you haven't watched some of their games recently. They were not always full.

Link?  Pics? 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 15, 2012, 06:04:51 pm
Link?  Pics? 

Do your own research. I've watched games where they weren't full. YOU said they were full before I rebutted. Why didn't you provide evidence that they were always full.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 06:32:08 pm
(http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7xeHq0CUAA6pKi.jpg:large)
bmarcello
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on November 16, 2012, 08:22:06 am
Do your own research. I've watched games where they weren't full. YOU said they were full before I rebutted. Why didn't you provide evidence that they were always full.

You were the one to rebut, ergo the burden of proof lies with said rebuttal.  Provide something not arbitrarily pulled out of your arse.  Or are you just butthurt that they beat Alabama?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on November 24, 2012, 04:02:38 pm
so, do the seats in the upper deck endzone have seat belts?  i've seen pics of our bleachers.  brave people sit up there.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogs-n-Roses on November 24, 2012, 04:08:01 pm
its horrible up there. Players look like ants. No way you can make out numbers on jerseys.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on November 24, 2012, 04:14:45 pm
its horrible up there. Players look like ants. No way you can make out numbers on jerseys.

are tickets the same price?  seems like they should be a dollar cheaper fro each 5 feet of elevation.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Teebow62 on November 24, 2012, 04:21:44 pm
It may be horrible up there but that place is a Taj Mahal of NCAA stadiums. It's incredible.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: uams1989 on November 24, 2012, 04:36:44 pm
are tickets the same price?  seems like they should be a dollar cheaper fro each 5 feet of elevation.

$85 per seat up there for this game!  I bought two for my wife and daughter. Our oldest is a senior in the Bama band and this being his last home game, my wife had to go.

An Awbie friend sold me his at face value.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on November 24, 2012, 04:39:00 pm
i love the in stadium, game time experience.  but, anything above row 50 to 60 is just to far away in most stadiums.  i sat in the  top row of wms last yr against new mexico and that was pushing it.  the best seats i've had were against bama in 06.  about row 30 in 113.

some have posted that the upper deck sideline seats are great.  i've never been up there.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: nightrider388 on November 26, 2012, 09:08:13 am
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1145292-power-ranking-all-124-college-football-stadiums/page/116 Nice read of all football stadium rankings.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: FANONTHEHILL on November 26, 2012, 09:57:28 am
From April 19th, 2012.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Blutoblutarsky on November 26, 2012, 11:09:36 am
All I have to see is the Bleacher report link, won't read.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Redhogs on November 26, 2012, 11:14:35 am
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1145292-power-ranking-all-124-college-football-stadiums/page/116 Nice read of all football stadium rankings.
Better not let the LR WMS fans see this.... :-\ :-\
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hobhog on November 26, 2012, 11:18:48 am
Fans make stadiums, and we have great ones. LSU game was impressively attended even with this cluster of a season.

I couldn't beleive the empty seats at Athens this weekend, with a BCS title on the line against a hated rival. And UT had lowest attendance in 50 years. Auburns stadium has been half full by halftime all year.

It's all about the Hog fans, WMS or RRS. Period. Go Hogs Go.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: olivebranchhog on November 26, 2012, 11:19:31 am
Better not let the LR WMS fans see this.... :-\ :-\

It's not anyone's belief that RS is a second tier stadium. But I'd like to congratulate fans for leaving the stadium half empty with a half to play. Even when we were down double digits late twice, LR stayed in their seats. I can guarantee no LSU game sells out for 6 years. Especially with this rebuild job coming. While the same game would sell out in LR.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Razorturf on November 26, 2012, 11:29:31 am
It's not anyone's belief that RS is a second tier stadium. But I'd like to congratulate fans for leaving the stadium half empty with a half to play. Even when we were down double digits late twice, LR stayed in their seats. I can guarantee no LSU game sells out for 6 years. Especially with this rebuild job coming. While the same game would sell out in LR.

Please...If this game had any meaning at all, DWRRS would have been a sellout and rocking. Most folks decided another day in the deer stand or duck blind or on momma's couch was more fun than driving back to Fayetteville to watch JLS coach his last game. Can't blame them. I thought it was still a great game and atmosphere and the hog fans were loud. The hogs will back in contention the next time it is played in Fayetteville...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: code red on November 26, 2012, 11:30:04 am
It's not anyone's belief that RS is a second tier stadium. But I'd like to congratulate fans for leaving the stadium half empty with a half to play. Even when we were down double digits late twice, LR stayed in their seats. I can guarantee no LSU game sells out for 6 years. Especially with this rebuild job coming. While the same game would sell out in LR.
They sold 71,000 tickets for that game...it will sellout.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: olivebranchhog on November 26, 2012, 11:34:13 am
Please...If this game had any meaning at all, DWRRS would have been a sellout and rocking. Most folks decided another day in the deer stand or duck blind or on momma's couch was more fun than driving back to Fayetteville to watch JLS coach his last game. Can't blame them. I thought it was still a great game and atmosphere and the hog fans were loud. The hogs will back in contention the next time it is played in Fayetteville...

I agree, but the game against LSU needs zero meaning to sell out in LR. Honestly I like the lsu game being in RS. But this thought that all games need to be taken from WMS are ridiculous. I do not, however, agree that the next time the LSU is in RS it will be meaningful. We are in for a 4 year rebuild, the talent on this team is dwindling and we will need another 2years at least to have anything resembling a good qb leading us. Here's to hoping I'm wrong.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: James Hawgfield on November 26, 2012, 11:36:19 am
They sold 71,000 tickets for that game...it will sellout.

They may have sold them but no way there was 71 in the seats. No way.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: olivebranchhog on November 26, 2012, 11:36:34 am
They sold 71,000 tickets for that game...it will sellout.

Man, there were over 1g of tickets on sale for lower than original price....then as soon as LSU seemed to be putting it on us....a quarter of the stadium left. Happy for the turnout, but that LSU game should be a sell out in october.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 007 License To Squeal on November 26, 2012, 11:41:11 am
Better not let the LR WMS fans see this.... :-\ :-\

The article is actually a description of WMS. The writer incorrectly typed the capacity and the year it was built. Other than that, it describes WMS very well.

:):)

Fact: WMS is owned by the state of Arkansas, not the city of Little Rock. Instead of flaming LR about the condition of the stadium, fans should petition our state government.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: popcornhog on November 26, 2012, 11:48:39 am
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1145292-power-ranking-all-124-college-football-stadiums/page/116 Nice read of all football stadium rankings.

Oklahoma at 51? Lol

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/1145292-power-ranking-all-124-college-football-stadiums/page/75

I'm no Sooner fan, but I have been to a game there. It's not behind East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Texas-San Antonio, and Ole Miss.

Dumb article.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: BorderPatrol on November 26, 2012, 11:50:13 am
LOL @ OP.

bp
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hog Fan...DOH! on November 26, 2012, 12:06:29 pm
It's not anyone's belief that RS is a second tier stadium. But I'd like to congratulate fans for leaving the stadium half empty with a half to play. Even when we were down double digits late twice, LR stayed in their seats. I can guarantee no LSU game sells out for 6 years. Especially with this rebuild job coming. While the same game would sell out in LR.

Oh please.   Obviously you were not there in '08 when the weather was similarly cold as balls.  WMS was half empty when Casey hit London Crawford for the win.  And you know what, because of the configuration, the LSU fans and band were a FAR bigger factor in that game. 

Enough with this stadium foolishness. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Cure on November 26, 2012, 12:13:36 pm
Camp Randall not in the top 10?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: popcornhog on November 26, 2012, 12:23:34 pm
Tennessee at 15

UCF at 21

Indiana at 23

Vaught-Hemmingway at 25

Minnesota at 27

UTSA at 30

Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina not in the top 50?

Did they just randomly order the stadiums?


Clemson at # 1?


Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 56Hog on November 26, 2012, 12:25:29 pm
Arkansas #10
A-State #111
Tulsa #124
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jmingram911 on November 26, 2012, 10:05:39 pm
That's great!!  Good company we are in.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: AchieveHog on November 26, 2012, 10:09:48 pm
That's a good list to be on.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: popcornhog on November 26, 2012, 11:02:35 pm
That's great!!  Good company we are in.

Did you look at the list? It makes no sense.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hogman1974 on November 26, 2012, 11:10:06 pm
Did you look at the list? It makes no sense.



It's Bleacher Report.  A Clemson fan wrote that article.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: redeye on November 26, 2012, 11:30:18 pm
Better not let the LR WMS fans see this.... :-\ :-\

Why?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: popcornhog on November 26, 2012, 11:49:04 pm
It's Bleacher Report.  A Clemson fan wrote that article.

Bleacher Report really is dumb.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2012, 01:00:04 pm
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121129/articles/121129536

UF considering $50 million makeover for O'Connell Center

UF trustees are expected to vote next week on whether the university should pay $10 million of the price tag, with the athletic association seeking donations to cover the rest. The arena's renovation is expected to include all new seating, club space, a new entrance, and more concessions and shops.

UF Chief Financial Officer Matt Fajack said the exact source of the university's $10 million contribution hasn't been determined, but it wouldn't be coming from tuition and state operating funds. UF would contribute because the center is used for student activities as well as athletics, he said.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2012, 10:55:48 am
http://www.mrsec.com/2012/12/mizzou-unveils-stadium-upgrade-plans/

Missouri plans to add 5,000 bleacher seats as well as 1,200 premium seats.

Renderings of the new exterior have now been made public...

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Dr Swineglove on December 11, 2012, 07:54:47 am
You were the one to rebut, ergo the burden of proof lies with said rebuttal.  Provide something not arbitrarily pulled out of your arse.  Or are you just butthurt that they beat Alabama?

Actually, the burden of proof is always on the person making the claim (Philosphy 101). If I tell you I've discovered a new species of frog or a new planet, it's up to me to prove it, not for anyone else to disprove it, otherwise I may as well have claimed to have discovered unicorns.

According to the Aggie website, this year was the first year in a while that every game was sold out.  Google is your friend.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on December 11, 2012, 08:51:21 am
Actually, the burden of proof is always on the person making the claim (Philosphy 101). If I tell you I've discovered a new species of frog or a new planet, it's up to me to prove it, not for anyone else to disprove it, otherwise I may as well have claimed to have discovered unicorns.

According to the Aggie website, this year was the first year in a while that every game was sold out.  Google is your friend.

Reading is your friend.  The claim was that they "would fill it" if it went over 100,000, especially now that they're in the SEC, have a coaching staff worth a flip, and field a Heisman Trophy winner that isn't drawing social security. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: DeltaBoy on December 11, 2012, 11:27:28 am
The more a school has, the higher it ranked. We also took into account the overall presentation of the facilities -- how nice they were, how new they were and whether or not they were all self-contained to make life easier for the players.

7. Arkansas: The Hogs, who already had some of the best facilities in the league, are scheduled to move into their new $35 million football operations center prior to the 2013 season... (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/44750/ranking-the-secs-football-facilities)

We are making some major moves to move up in the SEC!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hawgbawb on December 11, 2012, 11:34:53 am
I am proud to say that I managed design and construction of the Mal Moore facility at BAMA, along with a couple of expansions to Bryant Denny, while at my former employer, Heery. 

Sure wish I'd been assigned to Razorback Stadium instead.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 11, 2012, 12:39:59 pm
It's not anyone's belief that RS is a second tier stadium. But I'd like to congratulate fans for leaving the stadium half empty with a half to play. Even when we were down double digits late twice, LR stayed in their seats. I can guarantee no LSU game sells out for 6 years. Especially with this rebuild job coming. While the same game would sell out in LR.

I vividly remember fans leaving their seats early during one of the miracle on Markham games. I was there and I was surprised we came back and won.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pulled(PP)pork on December 11, 2012, 01:06:34 pm
I am proud to say that I managed design and construction of the Mal Moore facility at BAMA, along with a couple of expansions to Bryant Denny, while at my former employer, Heery. 

Sure wish I'd been assigned to Razorback Stadium instead.
how about The Fail Room?


PP
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on December 11, 2012, 01:26:20 pm
http://www.mrsec.com/2012/12/mizzou-unveils-stadium-upgrade-plans/

Missouri plans to add 5,000 bleacher seats as well as 1,200 premium seats.

Renderings of the new exterior have now been made public...

Their stadium has always been kind of like WMS in little rock, great place but a dump. anything they do will be an improvement. My mom was a cheerleader there in 1960 and I went to MU , trust me it has always been a pit.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hawgbawb on December 11, 2012, 02:07:11 pm
how about The Fail Room?


PP
I'll take the bait. What's the Fail Room, PP?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on December 11, 2012, 03:09:18 pm
I'll take the bait. What's the Fail Room, PP?

Visitor's locker room at Alabama.  Named after a big money donor with the last name Fail. 

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/105866

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In 2008, the visitor's locker room at Bryant-Denny Stadium was officially named "The Fail Room". Fail commented, "Earlier this year, when I saw the visitors' locker room as a potential naming right, I figured it was the most appropriate opportunity I would ever have to use my name."

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 13, 2012, 09:03:39 pm
http://blogs.clarionledger.com/um/2012/12/13/hugh-freeze-gets-500000-raise-improvements-to-ipf-announced/

Ole Miss announces improvements to its Indoor Practice Facility.

The renovations, which are now a part of the Forward Together campaign and are expected to cost $12.5 million, will begin in early 2013 and are expected to be finished by early 2014 at the latest.

Construction of a full kitchen and dining hall that will be part of the Ole Miss dining program and open to every student and faculty and staff member. The facility will provide a nutrition center for all Ole Miss student-athletes and will be in the vicinity of the current banquet room. Ole Miss Athletics will also hire a full time nutritionist to supplement the current program and grow the overall Health and Sports Performance department.
The new team meeting room will be constructed on the north end of the facility in the current lawn between the building and the south endzone of Vaught Hemingway Stadium. It will seat approximately 200, doubling the capacity of the current team room, and the meeting area will be outfitted with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment and coaching software.
Adjacent to the team room will be a new head coach’s office, putting all of the staff on the same level in the renovated coaching suite.

The release also says the basketball arena is on track to be completed in time for the 2015-16 season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hawgbawb on December 14, 2012, 04:02:49 am
Visitor's locker room at Alabama.  Named after a big money donor with the last name Fail. 

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/105866


Ah, thanks. That addition was done by HOK, not my ex-firm, Heery.   I was on the '98 addition, when we added skyboxes and about 11,000 seats to the upper deck When I finished I was assigned to work on Clemson's stadium, and a colleague of mine was assigned to Arkansas. It was a bummer.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: DeltaBoy on December 14, 2012, 08:42:05 am
The SEC is like the USA during the Cold war Arms Race. We will keep building bigger and better until the rest of conferances go broke like the Soviets did !
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 27, 2012, 11:25:36 am
Plans for the "Tackle Box" continue to take shape

When Richard "Tackle" Box helped celebrate the Aggies' stunning first sprint through the SEC this season, A&M's regents chairman told a crowd of thousands on campus two weeks ago, “I've been made a true believer — and I believe it's only going to get better.”

A big chunk of that betterment — in addition to the Aggies finishing the regular season 10-2 and quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy — is taking shape concerning the $425 million planned redevelopment of Kyle Field.

“Our goal is to build the best stadium there is for the fewest amount of dollars, and so far we're on track for both,” A&M chancellor John Sharp said Wednesday.


Aggies recently announced Manhattan-Vaughn as their construction partner — a combination of Manhattan Construction Group and Vaughn Construction. Manhattan's résumé includes Houston's Reliant Stadium and Arlington's Cowboys Stadium. Vaughn owns a long history with A&M, with recent undertakings including the Mitchell Physics Building and the Memorial Student Center.

“They're obviously well-qualified,” Sharp said of Manhattan-Vaughn, now set to begin working with architect Populous on a conclusive blueprint.

A&M had hoped to make a recommendation on a final plan to its regents in the fall, but that has been pushed back to later this winter or spring. The project itself, however, is still on schedule to begin in earnest following the 2013 season and ideally be completed in time for the 2016 season.

Some older buildings close to Kyle — including G. Rollie White Coliseum — are scheduled for demolition this summer. What's clear, too, based on the request for proposal (RFP), is A&M, home to about 50,000 students, does not intend to play its home games away from College Station for a season or two, and the seating capacity likely will be more than 100,000.
 http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/college_football/article/Plans-for-Kyle-Field-continue-to-take-shape-4147682.php
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2012, 10:12:15 am
Reflections on a year in transition: Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden (http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/dec/30/alden-discusses-year-in-transition/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+columbiatribune%2Fsports+%28Columbia+Tribune%3A+Sports%29)

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Q: You announced the expansion of the stadium over the summer. It's going to be 75,000 in a few years and then up to 80,000 at some point. Are you confident the demand will be there for a stadium that big?

A: I am confident in that. Our whole business model on that and financial planning on that had to do with stepping. Those are a couple of phases we're doing with our program. I think that going from 71,004 to 75,000, that's realistic to think that demand is going to be there. Then the next phase is the second phase, which really gets it to 83,000. That piece, we wouldn't even be starting to design that, starting to work on that, until we can get these first couple of pieces done.

Q: Have you made a final decision on whether you'll be able to move up the completion date for the east-side addition from 2015 to 2014?

A: We're much closer to believing we'll be able to bring that thing together and have it in place for the 2014 season. There's still a couple of things that need to take place that need to be bid out. We need to see how those bids come out. The designing of that is close to being completed. Then we have to look at weather patterns, delivery and steel and all these things. But with our fingers crossed, we think there's a chance we could have that completed for 2014.

Q: Any idea of when the south end zone addition might happen and when the new indoor practice facility will be ready?

A: You would probably see us step into that. The south end zone complex and the indoor facility and possibly the human performance center — that's a piece that goes along with the Devine Pavilion that we showed in our renderings — I would see the indoor facility and possibly the human performance center being pieces that would be in place before the south end zone center. I think that south end zone piece is just a massive structure. It's so big. And it's important that you've got your financing in place and your funding sources in place. We feel comfortable on that for the indoor facility and the human performance center, but that's still a couple years away on the south end zone complex.

Q: And then is the idea ultimately to have all of the football offices in the south end complex?

A: Yes, ideally. That would provide a much broader space for all of our Olympic sports that are currently in the (Missouri Athletic Training Complex).

Q: In two donations you've received $36.4 million this year. Generally speaking, from most of your donors, have you seen continued enthusiasm since the initial novelty and excitement about moving to the SEC has worn off?

A: We have. I've been pleased with that. We're working on a few other significant gifts, as well. That's an ongoing process with all of us at Mizzou. We've been pleased that the enthusiasm is still there. I think folks recognize that this is an investment, not a short-term play. This is a long-term play.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2013, 03:24:02 pm
Construction remains on schedule for Vanderbilt University's new multipurpose facility and addition to its recreation center.

While much of the attention is focused upon the multipurpose facility, which will house the 120-yard turf field and indoor track, there are a number of enhancements to the recreation center itself that include the addition of bowling lanes and the university's HealthPlus fitness suite along with squash courts, expanded fitness and weight rooms for the campus community to use and enjoy.

The multipurpose facility is scheduled to open October 31, 2013 with work completed on the recreation center's enhancements in January, 2014.

(photos at link)
http://www.vucommodores.com/genrel/010813aab.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2013, 11:39:12 am
Two major University of Kentucky basketball boosters paid for most of the $3.1 million renovations to the locker room complex at Rupp Arena.Joe Craft, the coal magnate behind the Joe Craft Center and the Wildcat Coal Lodge, will donate "the majority" of the $2.5 million that has been raised to date for the "Joe Craft Basketball Suite," DeWayne Peevy, UK's executive associate athletics director, said during a tour of the renovated complex Tuesday.

Donations are being funneled through the Blue Grass Community Foundation because the Lexington Center Corp. is a not-for-profit organization, rather than a charitable entity, so donors could not receive tax deductions for any donations made directly to the center.

The architectural design, by Sherman Carter Barnhart, was commissioned by Calipari and was not competitively bid, although other contracts were bid by the Lexington Center Corp.

The new complex includes a new K-Fund booster room, which allows top boosters to see the players through glass as they walk into the arena, an area that Coach John Calipari described on his Web site as "very NBA-ish." He called the entire complex "the gold standard."

The new space at Rupp is lavishly decorated and includes much of the original flooring from the 2012 NCAA Championship game in New Orleans, which UK won. Individual seven-foot-tall gray granite showers sit next to hot and cold tubs for players after games.

The eating area has a wall completely covered with a photograph of the court in New Orleans just after UK won the national championship.The players' meeting room includes stadium seating in front of a whiteboard wall, complete with markers.

Peevy said Calipari sketched out the renovation on a napkin more than a year ago, and "the drawing looks a lot like what we ended up with."

Both Calipari and Peevy said they want other sports at UK to use the space for recruiting, but Peevy said the locker room itself will be used only by the men's basketball team.

The new amenities allow the players to get physical therapy before they go back to campus, Peevy said. Other schools have on-campus arenas rather than having to travel back and forth.

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/08/2468659/media-get-an-inside-look-at-new.html

Photos and gif of UK locker room at Rupp Arena.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=125054
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2013, 12:49:39 pm
UK football stadium renovation slated to start sometime this year and be completed in July 2015 as part of overall campus "transformation", pending state legislature approval. (http://UK football stadium renovation slated to start sometime this year and be completed in July 2015 as part of overall campus "transformation", pending state legislature approval.)

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It’s about recruiting. Here’s a look at the planned renovations:

* Upgrades to the Nutter Training Center for the daily benefit of the Student Athletes
* Spectator driven improvements (improved concessions, restrooms, and security)
* Multi-purpose recruiting room
* 16 – 20 Private suites
* New home team facilities
* Approximately 2,000 new club seats
* New press facilities
* A team store
* New full service kitchen
* Improve the UK brand at the stadium
* Maintain or slightly reduce seating capacity while increasing the value of the remaining seats
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2013, 12:36:25 pm
MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin interview with bmarcello:

What’s the latest on the progress of the $75 million stadium expansion and how are you going to schedule the spring game with the heavy construction?

With the spring game, we’ve got some unique challenges. The construction piece of it has been moving on schedule despite the rain we’ve had here recently. Of course they build some rain days into the schedule. The next big hurdle is we’ve got to get the west concourse completed before August. They have torn everything out and they have to rebuild it all back up.

The spring game is going to be interesting because we’re going to have limited power at the stadium. We’re not going to have lights being able to work because the circuits that run those will have to be down with the construction. We’re going to have to play the game earlier in the day than what we’ve done recently. The other piece is that no one will be able to access the west side. Everyone will have to sit on the east side of the stadium, which will limit how many people can attend the game — maybe 20,000 or 25,000 people this year.

So, no concert like last year?

No concert this year.

The football game will be earlier in the day and baseball (April 20 vs. Auburn, 4 p.m.) will probably shift to later in the day. It’s going to be a “pardon our progress situation” getting people in and out for the spring game...

Will the elevators be operable on the west side next season?

There are two banks with two (elevators) each and the plan is to have the two on the southwest corner in by next season.

What’s the next step with your facilities? I’ve heard about a softball-tennis complex and renovations to Dudy Noble Field.

In my mind, there’s two other big projects. One is an Olympic sports project that encompasses four or five different venues that is probably about a $10 million outlay of expenses to do the softball-tennis complex and build a clubhouse for the soccer team and build a clubhouse for the golf team and do some stuff with track.

How far out is that?

That’s when funds become available. That’s not one where you sit there and say, once we get $10 million we’re going. Some of those projects cost $1.5 million and if we get that in hand, we might move forward with one of those. The biggest piece of all that is the softball-tennis complex. That’s probably $6 million.

I want to take a long-range view to Dudy Noble, similar to what we did with the football stadium. I still think Dudy Noble is a great place to watch baseball. We need to do some stuff aesthetically and we need to do some stuff to make it more in line to what we need on a day-to-day basis. It’s really designed to host a regional. That thing is designed to put 12,000-13,000 people in there for a regional.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130120/SPORTS030102/301200030/Stricklin-Mississippi-State-better-off-down-road-
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2013, 06:19:55 pm
In an open letter emailed out on Thursday night, Kentucky President Eli Capilouto encouraged alumni and friends to reach out to their state representatives to solidify approval for construction projects at UK, including the $110 million renovations of Commonwealth Stadium.

UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the school is still optimistic that the plan will go through and that the letter was a reminder to people that the projects have not been voted on nor approved yet. It has not been scheduled for a vote.

The campus projects that Kentucky is planning include renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics building as well as a new Academic Science building. UK Athletics has pledged $65 million to go toward the new academic buildings.

Proposed athletics renovations include renovations at the Nutter Training Center and Commonwealth Stadium, including the addition of 18-20 suites, 2,500 club seats and improved concourse areas, according to Capilouto’s letter and previous discussions about the projects.

http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2013/01/24/capilouto-encourages-uk-alumni-to-contact-reps
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on January 25, 2013, 06:44:45 pm
With all of the upgrades and improvements going on in the conference.........the SEC is definitely the most elite conference in the nation.  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: medloh on January 26, 2013, 04:09:10 am
Construction begins on Mizzou stadium expansion.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu_football/construction-begins-on-memorial-stadium/article_aa1d03cc-6722-11e2-822c-0012793a74ab.html#.UQOp-vu3O2c

5000+ seats before 2014 season.

Moving M hill closer for this year.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 26, 2013, 01:25:12 pm
Ole Miss' 'Forward Together' campaign stalled after strong start
UM has raised about half of needed $150M

A new basketball arena is the centerpiece of the $150 million “Forward Together” campaign. But nearly 18 months after plans were first announced, Ole Miss is just halfway to its goal.

“It’s going to take some big gifts,” Bjork said. “We’re talking seven- and eight-figure type gifts. I believe those people are out there. We just have to identify them, cultivate them and ask, solicit their involvement and hope they see the vision.” (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130124/SPORTS030103/301240046/Ole-Miss-Forward-Together-campaign-stalled-after-strong-start)

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On the afternoon the lights went out at the Tad Pad, the UMAA Foundation tried to take advantage.

“Want to help us build a new basketball arena?” read the tweet from the fundraising arm of Ole Miss athletics. That was not quite the same as athletic director Ross Bjork passing the hat down the aisle, but acknowledging an embarrassing issue during a sold-out basketball game against Arkansas last Saturday still spoke volumes.

The problem was a campus-wide power issue, but the 30-minute delay added another story about the decaying, 47-year-old Tad C. Smith Coliseum, affectionately referred to as the Tad Pad — and not so affectionately termed the Sad Pad at other times. Most notably, there was the time in 2010 when a women’s game against Tennessee had to be halted due to rain, after a leak in the roof allowed water to drip onto the court. And this is not the first time the electricity gave out during a game this season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2013, 06:29:15 pm
Gabe DeArmond ‏@GabeDeArmond
#Mizzou will announc a "major gift" for athletics/facilities improvement at 11 am Tuesday presser
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on January 29, 2013, 12:08:28 pm
Gabe DeArmond ‏@GabeDeArmond
#Mizzou will announc a "major gift" for athletics/facilities improvement at 11 am Tuesday presser

Missouri gets $8.3 Million dollar donation to improve athletic facilities.

http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=853715
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2013, 11:54:12 am
Eric Monday, the university’s new executive vice president for finance and administration, told the board that the renovated facilities will cost $110 million, which will be paid off by UK athletics in 30 years at $6.6 million a year.

Officials said “programming and internal planning” is underway and that pending legislative approval, the athletics department plans to seek final approval for the renovations in March.

...16-20 private suites, new home team facilities, 2,000 club seats, concession, restroom and security upgrades, a new team store, press facilities and a full-service kitchen.

“This project is focused on two ideals: to increase our competitiveness as well as fan satisfaction,” Monday said.

The project will get underway this calendar year and is to be completed in the fall of 2015 or early spring of 2016...

http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2013/01/29/stadium-renovations-timeline-given-at-uk-board-meeting/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2013, 11:59:55 am
“He’s 17-2. Would you please build the guy a new building? That locker room we’re in, I’m like looking for squirrels.” – Kentucky coach John Calipari [on replacing the Tad Pad in Oxford].

http://djournal.com/view/full_story/21562129/article-Three-notes-and-a-quote--Ole-Miss-vs--Kentucky?instance=home_news_1st_left
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2013, 05:20:01 pm
Stark reminder when you go overboard:

KFC Yum! Center (UofL downtown basketball arena) is over $800 million in debt, and costs $92,000 per day to operate.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=126624
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on January 31, 2013, 07:28:54 pm
Stark reminder when you go overboard:

KFC Yum! Center (UofL downtown basketball arena) is over $800 million in debt, and costs $92,000 per day to operate.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=126624

Wasn't it built for more than just UL basketball? It is a multipurpose arena but they are the primary tenants with a sweetheart lease deal apparently. Does the UL lease cause it to not be used for other events and is it just managed badly and cost too much to build?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2013, 08:52:15 am
Wasn't it built for more than just UL basketball? It is a multipurpose arena but they are the primary tenants with a sweetheart lease deal apparently. Does the UL lease cause it to not be used for other events and is it just managed badly and cost too much to build?

I know a West Memphis Hog Fan who was there for a convention last year.  I think the article has some detail on cost to operate and how much they lose each day it's idle. It's important that it is one consultant's estimate.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Dr Swineglove on February 01, 2013, 09:39:15 am
Wasn't it built for more than just UL basketball? It is a multipurpose arena but they are the primary tenants with a sweetheart lease deal apparently. Does the UL lease cause it to not be used for other events and is it just managed badly and cost too much to build?

All the above.  Freedom Hall is still in operation and it paid off years ago, so they can undercut Yum for business, such as scheduling a UK game, which proper pisses off the UofL.  This is the reason a lot of new arenas get built concurrent with the old facility getting bulldozed.  The city of Louisville aspires to great things, but beyond the Cardinals, there's not much need for an arena bigger than any current NBA facility aside from The Palace, not when there's a cheaper alternative down the street.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 01, 2013, 03:00:29 pm
All the above.  Freedom Hall is still in operation and it paid off years ago, so they can undercut Yum for business, such as scheduling a UK game, which proper pisses off the UofL.  This is the reason a lot of new arenas get built concurrent with the old facility getting bulldozed.  The city of Louisville aspires to great things, but beyond the Cardinals, there's not much need for an arena bigger than any current NBA facility aside from The Palace, not when there's a cheaper alternative down the street.

Wow. Sounds like they should not have built it without agreement to bulldoze Freedom Hall. In Memphis the FedEx Forum has a "noncompete" clause for other arena's and venues in town. The Grizzlies said they had to have it that way in order to be the management company for the FedEx Forum. At the time they were afraid the Pyramid might try to get big events. As it turned out they signed a deal to turn it into a huge Bass Pro that is under construction now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2013, 06:45:56 pm
Arkansas took the next step in its plan to expand Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Friday, when the Board of Trustees approved the athletics department’s plans to conduct a market and cost analysis for the project. (http://swtimes.com/sections/sports/football-ua-board-trustees-approves-study-stadium-expansion-project.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2013, 07:42:50 am
A Bama linebacker posted a photo of the Crimson Tides new $9 million dollar weight room (available at link):

http://bamahammer.com/2013/02/04/alabama-football-recruiting-new-weight-room-makes-impression-on-recruits/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2013, 07:06:37 pm
Razorback Athletics are responsible for about $153.6 million in statewide annual economic activity, according to a study released Friday by the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research. That’s not counting another $239.7 million that could be generated if the department moves forward with a host of planned on-campus construction projects.

Three broad categories of athletics-related activities that produce economic impact were analyzed in the study including department operations, visitor spending at home football, baseball and basketball games, and construction expenditures. Operations and visitor spending provide an annual economic impact while construction expenditures results in one-time economic impact.

http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2013/02/08/ua-athletic-program-generates-over-150-million-annually-for-arkansas-economy-study-says/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on February 09, 2013, 09:24:32 pm
Honestly, this whole thread makes me a little sick.  All this cash going towards sports???  I guess, if you have it, spend it on whatever you want.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Murr on February 10, 2013, 01:18:29 am
Honestly, this whole thread makes me a little sick.  All this cash going towards sports???  I guess, if you have it, spend it on whatever you want.

I don't mind the spending on sports as long as the state, the feds and the student fees aren't paying for it.  Gifts from donors and boosters is fine and probably tax deductible.  Plus with the TV contracts about to be handed out soon, this facility arms race will get interesting.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 10, 2013, 07:08:46 am
Honestly, this whole thread makes me a little sick.  All this cash going towards sports???  I guess, if you have it, spend it on whatever you want.

Welcome to the SEC. That's what we've been trying to tell you guys all along. In SEC country it is a religion and football is God. If a school and it's fans can't accept that fact they shouldn't be in the SEC. It is discretionary spending by fans and SEC fans are fanatical!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 10, 2013, 07:13:17 am
Razorback Athletics are responsible for about $153.6 million in statewide annual economic activity, according to a study released Friday by the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research. That’s not counting another $239.7 million that could be generated if the department moves forward with a host of planned on-campus construction projects.

Three broad categories of athletics-related activities that produce economic impact were analyzed in the study including department operations, visitor spending at home football, baseball and basketball games, and construction expenditures. Operations and visitor spending provide an annual economic impact while construction expenditures results in one-time economic impact.

http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2013/02/08/ua-athletic-program-generates-over-150-million-annually-for-arkansas-economy-study-says/

I bet it's more than that. A couple of burger places in Russellville, hotels along I40 and gas stations are busier I know for a fact. What about side trips by fans also to other places while here.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on February 10, 2013, 01:10:48 pm
Welcome to the SEC. That's what we've been trying to tell you guys all along. In SEC country it is a religion and football is God. If a school and it's fans can't accept that fact they shouldn't be in the SEC. It is discretionary spending by fans and SEC fans are fanatical!
If people think football is God, then their priorities are screwed up. Now, you can be fanatical, that's fine. But to think that football is above all others is way over the top.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: tusksincolorado on February 10, 2013, 02:33:04 pm
If people think football is God, then their priorities are screwed up. Now, you can be fanatical, that's fine. But to think that football is above all others is way over the top.



Welcome to the SEC....I'm glad your finally waking up.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on February 10, 2013, 02:43:32 pm
Welcome to the SEC....I'm glad your finally waking up.

True, but that doesn't make it right, at least a few schools know how to use money in the SEC to succeed and make their fans happy.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Murr on February 10, 2013, 04:13:32 pm
If people think football is God, then their priorities are screwed up. Now, you can be fanatical, that's fine. But to think that football is above all others is way over the top.

We've replaced out steeples with field goal posts.  You guys will be fine once your upgrades are done.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 10, 2013, 06:35:03 pm
If people think football is God, then their priorities are screwed up. Now, you can be fanatical, that's fine. But to think that football is above all others is way over the top.

Look it is a figure of speech. But if you don't think that college football means more and is taken more seriously by the general population in the SEC states then you would be mistaken. It may not really be God but it IS the King in sportsdom. That was the one concern I had about Mizzou coming into the SEC. Would they take it as serious and be as fanatical. Too soon to tell so far but it's still early. Once Mizzou, if it ever does, becomes more popular than the Cards, Chiefs, Rams or Royals in general then you will be accepted by all SEC fans but not until then.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on February 10, 2013, 07:31:02 pm
Look it is a figure of speech. But if you don't think that college football means more and is taken more seriously by the general population in the SEC states then you would be mistaken. It may not really be God but it IS the King in sportsdom. That was the one concern I had about Mizzou coming into the SEC. Would they take it as serious and be as fanatical. Too soon to tell so far but it's still early. Once Mizzou, if it ever does, becomes more popular than the Cards, Chiefs, Rams or Royals in general then you will be accepted by all SEC fans but not until then.
I've been in this state since 1988 with the exception of about 5 years so I know how football is down here.  Still, I have my opinions on how much money is being spent on college athletics.  Again, if you got it, you are free to spend it anyway you want. 

Also, Mizzou will NEVER be bigger than the Cards or even the Chiefs.  There's really no competition in the South other than college athletics with the exception of a few states.  I understand that. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 11, 2013, 06:25:04 am
I've been in this state since 1988 with the exception of about 5 years so I know how football is down here.  Still, I have my opinions on how much money is being spent on college athletics.  Again, if you got it, you are free to spend it anyway you want. 

Also, Mizzou will NEVER be bigger than the Cards or even the Chiefs.  There's really no competition in the South other than college athletics with the exception of a few states.  I understand that. 

More than just a few states. There is professional sports of the major variety in TN, FL, GA, TX, LA. I understand about the Chiefs and the Cards. Heck I was named after two Cardinal ball players. My dad liked the Cards but loved the Hogs. Unfortunately at the time the Hogs weren't doing well and the Cards were and he liked the names (first and middle) he gave me because they were a little different than the norm. The spending on facilities in the SEC is mindboggling. There are historical reasons why college sports is more popular as a whole in the south. Mizzou doesn't have to be bigger than the Chiefs or Cards but they do need to be in the same breath when people talk about sports or hear about sports. Here's an example. In Memphis if both the Grizzlies and Memphis Tigers are playing the same night then the Tigers will lead off the sports broadcast on TV as much as and usually more often than the Grizzlies. That's how important college sports is in the south and the tigers aren't even in the SEC! If Mizzou can't be at least somewhat close to the Chiefs and Cards in following by people then there will always be some fans of SEC schools that will say they didn't belong in the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on February 11, 2013, 09:10:13 pm
More than just a few states. There is professional sports of the major variety in TN, FL, GA, TX, LA. I understand about the Chiefs and the Cards. Heck I was named after two Cardinal ball players. My dad liked the Cards but loved the Hogs. Unfortunately at the time the Hogs weren't doing well and the Cards were and he liked the names (first and middle) he gave me because they were a little different than the norm. The spending on facilities in the SEC is mindboggling. There are historical reasons why college sports is more popular as a whole in the south. Mizzou doesn't have to be bigger than the Chiefs or Cards but they do need to be in the same breath when people talk about sports or hear about sports. Here's an example. In Memphis if both the Grizzlies and Memphis Tigers are playing the same night then the Tigers will lead off the sports broadcast on TV as much as and usually more often than the Grizzlies. That's how important college sports is in the south and the tigers aren't even in the SEC! If Mizzou can't be at least somewhat close to the Chiefs and Cards in following by people then there will always be some fans of SEC schools that will say they didn't belong in the SEC.
Not sure Memphis is a good example. There really has never been pro sports in Memphis. I remember when the Houston Oilers were going to permanently move there and the entire city didn't want it because they were afraid the it would hurt the University.  They stayed one and left.

Georgia has never been much of a pro sports state despite the pro teams. All three pro sports teams are relatively young compared to the Bulldogs. You can say the same about Tennessee and Florida. Pro teams really haven't been there very long. 

In Missouri, the Cards have been there forever. Every baseball fan west of the Mississippi including a lot in the Midwest was/is a Cardinal fan.

Anyway, I understand the importance college sports in the south because the fact that pro sports is really relatively young in the south.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on February 11, 2013, 10:04:27 pm
Georgia has never been much of a pro sports state despite the pro teams.
But like the Cards being the fan favorite west of the MS river, the same thing can be said for the Braves east of it. The Braves are a big deal in MOST of the Southeast.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 12, 2013, 04:32:24 pm
Not sure Memphis is a good example. There really has never been pro sports in Memphis. I remember when the Houston Oilers were going to permanently move there and the entire city didn't want it because they were afraid the it would hurt the University.  They stayed one and left.

Georgia has never been much of a pro sports state despite the pro teams. All three pro sports teams are relatively young compared to the Bulldogs. You can say the same about Tennessee and Florida. Pro teams really haven't been there very long. 

In Missouri, the Cards have been there forever. Every baseball fan west of the Mississippi including a lot in the Midwest was/is a Cardinal fan.

Anyway, I understand the importance college sports in the south because the fact that pro sports is really relatively young in the south.

Wrong about the Memphis deal. The Oilers/Titans were never planned to move permanently to Memphis. The agreement to play in Memphis was two fold. First they needed a place to play. Secondly they thought that by playing in Memphis a couple of years which was the plan, that it would help generate a more regional or statewide appeal. The UM admins for the most part had no problem with it since it was intended to only be a couple of years. They moved after only one year caused by low attendance. There is a hatred, jealousness or whatever you want to call it between Memphis and Nashville. Therefore people in Memphis actually said "Why should I go to games if they are only going to be here temporarily. It isn't our team, it's Nashville's.". There is NO regional symbiotic relationship in TN. Secondly basketball is the dominant sport in Memphis. Yes pro sports is a relative newcomer to the south. Yes the Cards have been there forever but that is the only one in MO that has been. The Chiefs, Royals and Rams are also relative newcomers there. Yes I am aware that the Kings, A's and football Cardinals used to be there as well but they all left. I'm aware of the Blues also.

There is a really good article on the problems pro sports has experienced in the south on Swampland.com titled "The Challenge of Pro sports in The Southeastern United States". I think it is spot on.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2013, 01:55:11 pm
Vanderbilt looks for ways to improve stadium

Athletics director David Williams said all options are on the table as the university eyes improvements and possible expansion to the 32-year-old facility.

“I wouldn’t want to say we’ll build a new stadium, and quite honestly I doubt that,” Williams said. “But I think that in the next two or three years our fans and everybody else will be looking at a vastly changed and improved stadium.

“My hope is that by this summer, we have a plan as to what we want to do. We realize that for an SEC school, our stadium really does need a lot of work.”

Vanderbilt is building a $31 million indoor practice field and multi-purpose facility that is due to be completed about Oct. 31. There also are more planned phases for renovations to McGugin Center.

Vanderbilt Stadium underwent several changes prior to last season that included artificial turf, a new video board and a berm in the open end zone that offered hillside seating. The berm expanded the stadium capacity to 40,550.

Williams said he thinks the ideal stadium capacity at this point would be 45,000, with the likely area for additional seating being in the corners or back of the open end zone.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130212/SPORTS0602/302120045/Vanderbilt-looks-ways-improve-stadium
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2013, 11:41:16 am
http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/chris-bahn-razorback-stadium-expansion-would-make-sense-if/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2013, 11:44:31 am
Five months after replacing the grass and most of the dirt on Hawkins Field with artificial turf, the Vanderbilt baseball team believes it has a good feel for how the new surface will play.

The No. 3 Commodores will play their first official game on the turf today as they open their season against Long Beach State at 4 p.m.

The base of the turf is a mixture of sand and rubber pellets. The mixture is different in the grass and dirt areas.

“We love it,” outfielder Mike Yastrzemski said.

a few base-running adjustments and a $1 million price tag are worth being able to play and practice through weather that would have otherwise caused delays or postponements, Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said.

“I don’t look at weather reports anymore,” Corbin said. “We are out there every day. With rain, sun or snow, we have been able to do our normal activity.

“In some ways I’m starting to feel like a basketball coach where the conditions don’t matter, and that’s a welcomed relief.”

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130215/SPORTS0602/302150058/Vanderbilt-baseball-ready-turf-tip-off
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on February 15, 2013, 04:05:08 pm
But like the Cards being the fan favorite west of the MS river, the same thing can be said for the Braves east of it. The Braves are a big deal in MOST of the Southeast.
Not as much as the Bulldogs.  The Braves have not been around as long as the Bulldogs have.  The Braves have only been in Atlanta since around the mid 60's.  Can't compare.  The Braves will never be bigger than the Bulldogs in Georgia.  What did make the Braves a national type team was Turner and TNT.  Other than that, most are Bulldogs fans.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on February 15, 2013, 04:09:29 pm
Wrong about the Memphis deal. The Oilers/Titans were never planned to move permanently to Memphis. The agreement to play in Memphis was two fold. First they needed a place to play. Secondly they thought that by playing in Memphis a couple of years which was the plan, that it would help generate a more regional or statewide appeal. The UM admins for the most part had no problem with it since it was intended to only be a couple of years. They moved after only one year caused by low attendance. There is a hatred, jealousness or whatever you want to call it between Memphis and Nashville. Therefore people in Memphis actually said "Why should I go to games if they are only going to be here temporarily. It isn't our team, it's Nashville's.". There is NO regional symbiotic relationship in TN. Secondly basketball is the dominant sport in Memphis. Yes pro sports is a relative newcomer to the south. Yes the Cards have been there forever but that is the only one in MO that has been. The Chiefs, Royals and Rams are also relative newcomers there. Yes I am aware that the Kings, A's and football Cardinals used to be there as well but they all left. I'm aware of the Blues also.

There is a really good article on the problems pro sports has experienced in the south on Swampland.com titled "The Challenge of Pro sports in The Southeastern United States". I think it is spot on.
I guess we can disagree about the Memphis thing.  I live there during that year.  I read the papers and watch the news and drove down streets that had signs saying no to the Oilers.  I know the plans for the Oilers was to permanently move to Memphis.  But, the big dollar donors to the University started a grass root move to stop it and stop it they did.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2013, 11:47:55 am
General Assembly approves UK projects including Commonwealth Stadium upgrades

Gov. Steve Beshear said he will sign into law Thursday a bill approving several new building projects at state universities, including a $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and other football facilities at the University of Kentucky.

The Kentucky General Assembly gave its approval Wednesday to House Bill 7, making it the first bill to clear the legislature in 2013. The measure allows several state universities to bond $363 million for 11 projects, including a $65 million renovation of the Gatton Business School and a new $100 million science building at UK. Those bonds will be repaid with university revenue rather than state General Fund money. The Senate changed the language of the bill slightly after it approved a committee substitute Wednesday from Sen. Bob Leeper, I-Paducah, which forbids the universities from raising tuition to pay for the projects.

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/20/2524214/senate-gives-approval-for-commonwealth.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2013, 12:32:38 pm
Hairopoulos: A&M is surveying its students this week about the funding of the soon-to-be rebuilt Kyle Field, and it’s offering at least a conceptual rendering of what the east side of the new shrine could look like. [A] photo ran today in the school paper (available at link):

http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/texas-am-reveals-conceptual-rendering-of-new-look-kyle-fields-east-side.html/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2013, 08:36:49 am
The House that Johnny Built: A&M’s tackle box renovations renderings are impressive

The Aggies' $420 million renovation and expansion of the stadium has been in the works for a while, and it appears the school is planning to get its moneys worth.

(renderings available at the link)

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/house-johnny-built-texas-m-stadium-renovations-renderings-225044586--ncaaf.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 22, 2013, 10:01:19 am
I guess we can disagree about the Memphis thing.  I live there during that year.  I read the papers and watch the news and drove down streets that had signs saying no to the Oilers.  I know the plans for the Oilers was to permanently move to Memphis.  But, the big dollar donors to the University started a grass root move to stop it and stop it they did.

Sure some big donors were concerned. There never was a serious effort by Bud Adams the Titans owner to move to Memphis permanently. I worked for probably the second wealthiest person and a big time community supporter back then and he had no information about them wanting to be here permanently and trust me he would have known. All there was was rumors. He was fine with the temporary deal since anything brought to town helps the local ecomomy even if for a short time.   
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 22, 2013, 10:04:57 am
The House that Johnny Built: A&M’s tackle box renovations renderings are impressive

The Aggies' $420 million renovation and expansion of the stadium has been in the works for a while, and it appears the school is planning to get its moneys worth.

(renderings available at the link)

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/house-johnny-built-texas-m-stadium-renovations-renderings-225044586--ncaaf.html

Gotta admit. That is impressive.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RazorReddie on February 22, 2013, 12:08:33 pm
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/60958/kyle-field-getting-a-pricey-facelift

 :o
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ADavisTheGOAT on February 22, 2013, 01:05:33 pm
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/21743255/

Wish we could close out our endzone like that.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Piggfoot on February 22, 2013, 01:11:26 pm
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/21743255/

Wish we could close out our endzone like that.

We could have but the priority was being able to see the field from the comfort of the BAC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: reddogjcss on February 22, 2013, 01:17:57 pm
Good for them! Ours will be even better with future expansions! Jerome Arkansas wasn't built in a day!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on February 22, 2013, 01:24:10 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgzinbowlz on February 22, 2013, 01:32:29 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
Uh, No.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Calling All Hogs on February 22, 2013, 01:38:03 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
Probably not but they may well permanently own the University of Texas!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hog10S on February 22, 2013, 01:38:11 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
They didn't ever own the SWC and they didn't come close to owning the Big 12 conference.  They will not own the SEC, ever.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Jimmy "theused4wheelerdealer" Watkins from Conway on February 22, 2013, 01:38:51 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

Slow down there.  I don't know about that.  They didn't exactly own the SWC or Big 12.  Hats to their success in their 1st year in the SEC though.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on February 22, 2013, 01:39:27 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

Not until Texas high school football gets on par with the football in states like Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. 

There are a few reasons why Texas hasn't been winning National Championships by the dozens, and Mack Brown is just one of them. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Lysol on February 22, 2013, 01:46:06 pm
Wow.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: GoHogzzGo on February 22, 2013, 01:49:36 pm
Toughest division in football continues, and their program isn't even in the top two. Sheesh. Can't wait to see our end zone closed off as well.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgzinbowlz on February 22, 2013, 02:05:33 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
You're dreaming.
Probably not but they may well permanently own the University of Texas!
This is more realistic than the top post. And if Texas hires a new coach, history indicates Texas has the largest footprint in the state. Let's beat the Hawg out of both.

" GO HOGS "
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: rlreev01 on February 22, 2013, 02:54:10 pm
You can put a dress on a goat and it's still a goat.  Unless TAMU opens up their walkways and creates a mezzanine where you can walk around without someone breaking wind and it will knock you off the sidewalk because there is no room and create more spaces in the facilities, this stadium is still a goat.  They can go overboard on their stadium but a brand new basketball arena only holds 9,000 people?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: la20688 on February 22, 2013, 03:07:29 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
Talk about "Prisoner of the moment". They had a lot of things fall just right for them, and had one good year. They caught us right in the middle of all of our problems, and took advantage of it, which is something I hope all of our players remember this off season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Cure on February 22, 2013, 03:08:54 pm
They didn't ever own the SWC and they didn't come close to owning the Big 12 conference.  They will not own the SEC, ever.
This isn't yesteryear.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: woodhog14 on February 22, 2013, 03:37:13 pm
I wish we had an all brick facade on our stadium instead of that creamy yellow stucko.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 3kgthog on February 22, 2013, 03:53:31 pm
There's no reason to close in the endzone until we start filling every seat for every game. There's also a reason aTm didn't dominate the Big XII and that's called poor coaching choices. They've got a winner now and UT is on the way down. It's the perfect storm for the Aggies. In one season, they did what we haven't been able to do, beat Nick Saban.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sowmonella on February 22, 2013, 03:54:45 pm
We could have but the priority was being able to see the field from the comfort of the BAC.


I'm sorry but that's just a dumb statement.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogFaninMemphis on February 22, 2013, 04:00:54 pm
There's no reason to close in the endzone until we start filling every seat for every game.
It's not that simple...You don't build more club seating because more students don't show up to sit in the upper deck or more low-income families don't buy the bad corners of the upper deck.  There's demand for club seating, so you build it.  Fans will pay for a good seat to see the Hogs.  They're only going to pay for terrible seats when we're good.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HawgTide on February 22, 2013, 04:14:36 pm
There's no reason to close in the endzone until we start filling every seat for every game. There's also a reason aTm didn't dominate the Big XII and that's called poor coaching choices. They've got a winner now and UT is on the way down. It's the perfect storm for the Aggies. In one season, they did what we haven't been able to do, beat Nick Saban.

Sumlin inherited a ton of talent from Sherman.A lot of coaches look like geniuses their first year before they stumble. He may be a great coach, average coach or a flash in the pan. Time will tell.

It's way too early IMO to predict sustained greatness for A&M in the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on February 22, 2013, 04:15:30 pm
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling.

We like to refer to the UA as a "sleeping giant", yet can't fathom aTm, with their unlimited funding, large, almost scary loyal alumni base, recruiting advantages and nationwide brand recognition as a sleeping giant as well?

These jokers aren't going anywhere. Living in Dallas for the last five years, I rarely saw aTm merchandise, much less people wearing it. Now that's ALL you see.

They just came in to this conference and BEAT Alabama their first year and in the process, their QB won a Heisman trophy. Now they're going to spend a quarter of what Jerry spent on Jerryworld and you guys act like they'll be battling it out with Mississsippi State year in and year out?

The reason they never fared well in their previous conferences is because they had to play second fiddle to UT. Now, they have their own identity in a vastly superior conference and their previously mentioned scary loyal fanbase has awoken and are ready to do what it takes to make a statement.

In five years, aTm will own this league.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HawgTide on February 22, 2013, 04:24:30 pm
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling.

We like to refer to the UA as a "sleeping giant", yet can't fathom aTm, with their unlimited funding, large, almost scary loyal alumni base, recruiting advantages and nationwide brand recognition as a sleeping giant as well?

These jokers aren't going anywhere. Living in Dallas for the last five years, I rarely saw aTm merchandise, much less people wearing it. Now that's ALL you see.

They just came in to this conference and BEAT Alabama their first year and in the process, their QB won a Heisman trophy. Now they're going to spend a quarter of what Jerry spent on Jerryworld and you guys act like they'll be battling it out with Mississsippi State year in and year out?

The reason they never fared well in their previous conferences is because they had to play second fiddle to UT. Now, they have their own identity in a vastly superior conference and their previously mentioned scary loyal fanbase has awoken and are ready to do what it takes to make a statement.

In five years, aTm will own this league.

A&M won't own anything as long as Saban is at Bama.

They had a great year this past year but that's all it was, ONE year.Lets see them stack up a bunch of those before we anoint them a dynasty.

I think their second year in the SEC will be harder than their first.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on February 22, 2013, 04:26:24 pm
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling.

We like to refer to the UA as a "sleeping giant", yet can't fathom aTm, with their unlimited funding, large, almost scary loyal alumni base, recruiting advantages and nationwide brand recognition as a sleeping giant as well?

These jokers aren't going anywhere. Living in Dallas for the last five years, I rarely saw aTm merchandise, much less people wearing it. Now that's ALL you see.

They just came in to this conference and BEAT Alabama their first year and in the process, their QB won a Heisman trophy. Now they're going to spend a quarter of what Jerry spent on Jerryworld and you guys act like they'll be battling it out with Mississsippi State year in and year out?

The reason they never fared well in their previous conferences is because they had to play second fiddle to UT. Now, they have their own identity in a vastly superior conference and their previously mentioned scary loyal fanbase has awoken and are ready to do what it takes to make a statement.

In five years, aTm will own this league.

I agree with most of your post, but lets not get carried away with "owning the SEC".  This is a football conference and it belongs to Bama and Fla
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 22, 2013, 04:29:00 pm
I like the design we have for the new endzone except for one thing.

Take the second level of red seats and make that a line of luxury boxes. We need more of those a lot more than we need more red chair-back seats.

Do that, and you'll generate so much more revenue because boxes that close to the field will be a prime ticket and it will help reflect the noise back into the stadium.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogScoutMaster on February 22, 2013, 04:29:45 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

YEAP !!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgzinbowlz on February 22, 2013, 05:43:13 pm
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling...
...In five years, aTm will own this league.
Uh, No.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on February 22, 2013, 05:46:26 pm
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling.

We like to refer to the UA as a "sleeping giant", yet can't fathom aTm, with their unlimited funding, large, almost scary loyal alumni base, recruiting advantages and nationwide brand recognition as a sleeping giant as well?

These jokers aren't going anywhere. Living in Dallas for the last five years, I rarely saw aTm merchandise, much less people wearing it. Now that's ALL you see.

They just came in to this conference and BEAT Alabama their first year and in the process, their QB won a Heisman trophy. Now they're going to spend a quarter of what Jerry spent on Jerryworld and you guys act like they'll be battling it out with Mississsippi State year in and year out?

The reason they never fared well in their previous conferences is because they had to play second fiddle to UT. Now, they have their own identity in a vastly superior conference and their previously mentioned scary loyal fanbase has awoken and are ready to do what it takes to make a statement.

In five years, aTm will own this league.

All true....except the owning the league part.  They'll be up there, though.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Doug on February 22, 2013, 06:13:33 pm
Uhh, the road to dominating the SEC goes through Alabama, Arkansas and LSU.

Rice (50-27-3)
Sam Houston State (11-0-0)
Alabama (2-3-0)
SMU (43-29-7)
at Arkansas (25-41-3)
at Ole Miss (5-0-0)
Auburn (3-0-0)
Vanderbilt (0-0-0)
UTEP (2-0-0)
Mississippi State (3-3-0)
at LSU (20-28-3)
at Missouri (8-5-0)

I do enjoy watching the Aggies play, especially last year's game, but let's remember that most of us intelligent FB guys said that the Aggies would acclimate to the SEC style play a lot easier than Missouri did... and that was proven.  Their win over National Champions Alabama, while impressive, was a once in a lifetime shot.

Only Rice and SMU (the above stats are records of the Aggies 2013 opponents) have faced the Aggies more than the Hogs have... Alabama will NOT lose to the Aggies this year, nor will we.  LSU will continue their streak against the Aggies and Ole Miss... at home... is a very dangerous team this year.

Long term, I expect the Aggies to be 2nd - 4th in the SEC West, year in and year out.  They'll be one of the top 6 teams in the SEC, but they will rarely sniff the top, and they certainly will not dominate the SEC West.

People still refuse to believe that past history can and should be used as an indicator of how well a team does in the future. It's *very* hard to change that stigma.  But hey, you'll believe what you want.

Texas A&M is on a good upswing right now.  It will not last much more than another 3-4 years, where they'll settle into their roles as a solid upper-middle of the pack SEC team.

Back on topic now: The Aggies do have the fan base (which is actually larger than the Shorthorns and has more money) to be able to support and sustain the growth of Kyle Field.

Let's not forget that Texas A&M is an ACTIVE research university and has several studies under way right now that will eventually help shape the growth of the US. Trust me... Aggies have reasons to be proud of their school (and sports) and will spend what they need to, as they need to, where they need to.

I'd also be willing to bet that they run into capacity issues and have to expand again in the next decade. :)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Mike Irwin on February 22, 2013, 08:10:49 pm


In five years, aTm will own this league.
Not buying it. They're Aggies. They will figure out a way to screw it up.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on February 22, 2013, 08:22:05 pm
Not buying it. They're Aggies. They will figure out a way to screw it up.

I've never really been able to figure them out.  Huge alumni base with damn-near unlimited resources, right smack in the middle of recruiting heaven...the Dallas-Houston-Austin/San Antonio triangle (that's what, 18-20M people within a three hour drive).  They should have nearly as many NC's as Texas and OU imo.  Maybe the aggie jokes have some merit?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Iwastherein1969 on February 22, 2013, 08:50:41 pm
Not buying it. They're Aggies. They will figure out a way to screw it up.
BINGO !  BANGO !  BONGO !   some of these young bucks who post on Hogville saw the Hogs lose to A&M last year in football and this year in hoops and then see huge plans for expansion at College station and are completely in awe of AGGY.... kiddies, I've never seen Aggy, when expectations are high, perform to said expectations....its just who they are....last time A&M was ranked in top 3 in the country, they rolled into Little Rock's venerable War Memorial Stadium, undefeated and ranked #2 in the country and thought to be unbeatable....this was 1975, and the twice beaten Hogs with the help of a Scott Bull to Teddy Barnes bomb breaking a 0-0 tie right before halftime aided the Hogs as they went on to roll Aggy 31-6 and earn the spot in the Cotton Bowl....Aggy hasn't been close to winning the NC since that December evening in 1975....moral to the story, younguns, Aggy will be Aggy and thus they will always be.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on February 22, 2013, 09:01:03 pm
Not buying it. They're Aggies. They will figure out a way to screw it up.
Mike, you're one of my favorite posters and a damn good journalist but don't let your self described hatred for the Ags cloud your otherwise good judgement! :)

I hope they do screw themselves. I just think the writing is on the wall for the Aggies to make some major noise over the next decade or so. I think they definitely surpass LSU and when Saban gives out, they'll jump up in the lead for a while.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: PigDaddyKane on February 22, 2013, 09:09:44 pm
Being old enough to remember the SWC, aTm was always a riddle.  Great recruiting classes but usually came up short of expectations.  I think the move to the SEC will help them tremendously. They were always in Texas' shadow or just one of many Texas schools in a league. Now they can differentiate themselves from everyone in the state. I could see them being like LSU. Usually in contention for winning the west.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Iwastherein1969 on February 22, 2013, 09:25:40 pm
Being old enough to remember the SWC, aTm was always a riddle.  Great recruiting classes but usually came up short of expectations.  I think the move to the SEC will help them tremendously. They were always in Texas' shadow or just one of many Texas schools in a league. Now they can differentiate themselves from everyone in the state. I could see them being like LSU. Usually in contention for winning the west.
if you guys feel some inner need to promote A&M to some priestly class of athletic endeavor, hey, go right ahead, it will take more than one year with everyone taking them lightly allowing them to have a 3rd place finish in the SEC....now, when they start hitting the BCS circuit, THEN, they MIGHT get my attention....but lets put the Crowns of Gold some of you are willing to annoint them with back in the closet where they belong
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Root66 on February 22, 2013, 09:27:40 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

Uh...they had over 80 years and never owned the Southwest Conference. They can spend any amount of money they want and they will still be Texas A&M.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggish1 on February 22, 2013, 09:32:32 pm
Probably not but they may well permanently own the University of Texas!

And won't that be sweet.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HoneyNuttPetrinoos on February 22, 2013, 09:40:29 pm
I'm sold.  Too much talent n Texas for them not to be good plus Saban prob want be at Bama n 5 more years.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: popcornhog on February 22, 2013, 09:42:30 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

Lolz.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: deshahawg on February 22, 2013, 09:45:46 pm
Pretty impressive. This should help recruiting for them for sure....not that they need it now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Mike Irwin on February 22, 2013, 10:04:06 pm
When we got to College station on Friday for the game last fall I wanted to check out the natural grass turf at Kyle Field. Supposedly nobody does grass better than those dudes.

It was impressive. However some young pinhead, an athletic department staffer, saw that I was wearing a Razorback Nation polo shirt.

He could not resist the temptation to come over and brag.

First the told me of their plans to make Kyle Field the largest stadum in the universe. 1.2 million seats. The upper decks would be taller than the Empire State Building.

Then he showed me their football operations center. "See that," he bragged. "That's our old Football Operations Center. It's already bigger than yawls. The new one will be a hundred times as big. A million square feet. Our weight room will be bigger than your campus."

He went on and on. Blah, blah, blah.

Finally I could not resist. "We've got one thing that you guys don't have," I said. "We don't have to live around Aggies."

That night we stayed in a motel just off campus. It was raining cats and dogs by the time we got ready to head to the stadium the next morning. I opened the door and was astonished to see that the gutters had downspouts that only came a few feet below the rooflline.

Our vehicle was parked directly below one of those downspouts. It might as well have been parked under Niagara Falls. We drew straws and Jason Carroll had the task of getting in the vehicle and moving it out from under the raging torrent.

It took him about two seconds to open the door and climb inside. He was was soaked and pissed.

Here we were in College Station Texas, a town supposedly full of the best engineers in the country, and those people managed to invent something I'd never seen before.
A downspout that empties seven feet off the ground.

Aggies.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RollHogTide on February 22, 2013, 10:15:47 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

No way.

Over the next five years are they going to consistently beat Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, and now throw Ole Miss in the mix?  That is a schedule without adding whatever SEC-East team that is thrown at them.  Do I think they will have good teams - certainly, I expect them to have very good teams.  I also expect them to beat some of the aforementioned teams, but just because they beat Bama - doesn't make them the National Champions by proxy.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Bebop on February 22, 2013, 11:33:01 pm
When we got to College station on Friday for the game last fall I wanted to check out the natural grass turf at Kyle Field. Supposedly nobody does grass better than those dudes.

It was impressive. However some young pinhead, an athletic department staffer, saw that I was wearing a Razorback Nation polo shirt.

He could not resist the temptation to come over and brag.

First the told me of their plans to make Kyle Field the largest stadum in the universe. 1.2 million seats. The upper decks would be taller than the Empire State Building.

Then he showed me their football operations center. "See that," he bragged. "That's our old Football Operations Center. It's already bigger than yawls. The new one will be a hundred times as big. A million square feet. Our weight room will be bigger than your campus."

He went on and on. Blah, blah, blah.

Finally I could not resist. "We've got one thing that you guys don't have," I said. "We don't have to live around Aggies."

That night we stayed in a motel just off campus. It was raining cats and dogs by the time we got ready to head to the stadium the next morning. I opened the door and was astonished to see that the gutters had downspouts that only came a few feet below the rooflline.

Our vehicle was parked directly below one of those downspouts. It might as well have been parked under Niagara Falls. We drew straws and Jason Carroll had the task of getting in the vehicle and moving it out from under the raging torrent.

It took him about two seconds to open the door and climb inside. He was was soaked and pissed.

Here we were in College Station Texas, a town supposedly full of the best engineers in the country, and those people managed to invent something I'd never seen before.
A downspout that empties seven feet off the ground.

Aggies.

lol... I always like reading your posts. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: BOAR_N2BWILD on February 23, 2013, 12:34:57 am
I would love to see us close in the end zone. Heck, I would just like to see us sell out what we have on a regular basis.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on February 23, 2013, 06:23:23 am
Not buying it. They're Aggies. They will figure out a way to screw it up.
Once an Aggie, always an Aggie. It's a curse.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on February 23, 2013, 06:31:02 am
When we got to College station on Friday for the game last fall I wanted to check out the natural grass turf at Kyle Field. Supposedly nobody does grass better than those dudes.

It was impressive. However some young pinhead, an athletic department staffer, saw that I was wearing a Razorback Nation polo shirt.

He could not resist the temptation to come over and brag.

First the told me of their plans to make Kyle Field the largest stadum in the universe. 1.2 million seats. The upper decks would be taller than the Empire State Building.

Then he showed me their football operations center. "See that," he bragged. "That's our old Football Operations Center. It's already bigger than yawls. The new one will be a hundred times as big. A million square feet. Our weight room will be bigger than your campus."

He went on and on. Blah, blah, blah.

Finally I could not resist. "We've got one thing that you guys don't have," I said. "We don't have to live around Aggies."

That night we stayed in a motel just off campus. It was raining cats and dogs by the time we got ready to head to the stadium the next morning. I opened the door and was astonished to see that the gutters had downspouts that only came a few feet below the rooflline.

Our vehicle was parked directly below one of those downspouts. It might as well have been parked under Niagara Falls. We drew straws and Jason Carroll had the task of getting in the vehicle and moving it out from under the raging torrent.

It took him about two seconds to open the door and climb inside. He was was soaked and pissed.

Here we were in College Station Texas, a town supposedly full of the best engineers in the country, and those people managed to invent something I'd never seen before.
A downspout that empties seven feet off the ground.

Aggies.
If you had parked the van in a spot marked Longhorn parking I could have given a thumbs up to those Aggie engineers. But alas it was not to be. I for years have had a saying about the Aggies. It is a place that good coaches go to die. How long before Sumlin succumbs to the curse?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLine™ on February 23, 2013, 06:39:27 am
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling.

We like to refer to the UA as a "sleeping giant", yet can't fathom aTm, with their unlimited funding, large, almost scary loyal alumni base, recruiting advantages and nationwide brand recognition as a sleeping giant as well?

These jokers aren't going anywhere. Living in Dallas for the last five years, I rarely saw aTm merchandise, much less people wearing it. Now that's ALL you see.

They just came in to this conference and BEAT Alabama their first year and in the process, their QB won a Heisman trophy. Now they're going to spend a quarter of what Jerry spent on Jerryworld and you guys act like they'll be battling it out with Mississsippi State year in and year out?

The reason they never fared well in their previous conferences is because they had to play second fiddle to UT. Now, they have their own identity in a vastly superior conference and their previously mentioned scary loyal fanbase has awoken and are ready to do what it takes to make a statement.

In five years, aTm will own this league.

You need to move out of Texas bro. Fo Realz... You have been brainwashed. I promise you they will be better than most on here give them credit for, but they will by no means "own" the SEC. look at Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas. Each of those teams have had down years, decades even.  You can't dominate forever in this league, but if you can stay slightly above middle and make your runs while you can, you will still be a perennial top 15 team...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on February 23, 2013, 06:54:14 am
You need to walk the walk before you talk the talk. The Aggies have been talking for years with no sustained success. All talk with little doing. Even ole Dizzy Dean said, "It ain't braggin if you can do it. Do it, then talk.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogWall Jackson on February 23, 2013, 07:01:56 am

A&M won't own anything as long as Saban is at Bama.

They had a great year this past year but that's all it was, ONE year.Lets see them stack up a bunch of those before we anoint them a dynasty.

I think their second year in the SEC will be harder than their first.

It looked like Sumlin owned Nick in that 1st match up. We will see if Nick can tie it up this year? It will be a good contest.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 23, 2013, 07:27:44 am
I've never really been able to figure them out.  Huge alumni base with damn-near unlimited resources, right smack in the middle of recruiting heaven...the Dallas-Houston-Austin/San Antonio triangle (that's what, 18-20M people within a three hour drive).  They should have nearly as many NC's as Texas and OU imo.  Maybe the aggie jokes have some merit?

You ever been to College Station? Besides that most people don't like cults either......................
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 870hogfan on February 23, 2013, 07:41:01 am
It looked like Sumlin owned Nick in that 1st match up. We will see if Nick can tie it up this year? It will be a good contest.


With a team that he didn't build and didn't recruit.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on February 23, 2013, 07:43:17 am
I wish we had an all brick facade on our stadium instead of that creamy yellow stucko.

Fsu is all brick.  Blends right into the campus.  You have to look twice to know It is a stadium.  Classy
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on February 23, 2013, 08:47:31 am
It looked like Sumlin owned Nick in that 1st match up. We will see if Nick can tie it up this year? It will be a good contest.
A&M caught Bama at the prime time. Let us see how it goes from here?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: woodhog14 on February 23, 2013, 10:09:51 am
Fsu is all brick.  Blends right into the campus.  You have to look twice to know It is a stadium.  Classy

Yep! And it looks good!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 23, 2013, 10:13:06 am
Fsu is all brick.  Blends right into the campus.  You have to look twice to know It is a stadium.  Classy

I've been there. I disagree. I think it looks rather bland. I've never understood why people think all buildings on a campus should look exactly alike. I think that is boring. Spice things up a bit I say. To each his own I guess.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on February 23, 2013, 10:25:45 am
I've been there. I disagree. I think it looks rather bland. I've never understood why people think all buildings on a campus should look exactly alike. I think that is boring. Spice things up a bit I say. To each his own I guess.

Did you go across the tracks to the famu campus?  A whole lotta variety there.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: woodhog14 on February 23, 2013, 10:27:37 am
I've been there. I disagree. I think it looks rather bland. I've never understood why people think all buildings on a campus should look exactly alike. I think that is boring. Spice things up a bit I say. To each his own I guess.

I think it looks good. I think our stadium would look better with more of a brick facade instead of the creamy/yellowish stucko. The stucko makes it look unfinished and cheap.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgzinbowlz on February 23, 2013, 10:31:11 am
A&M caught Bama at the prime time. Let us see how it goes from here?
I give credit to A&M for playing a great game in Tuscaloosa at an advantageous schedule. Nothing more. The current level of commitment from multiple SEC schools guarantees that no one will " own this league ". Alabama is the closest thing to " owning this league " in football but this will likely change when Saban retires/leaves. The current size of Kyle Field means less tears shed there after Nicky & The Boys come a callin.

" GO HOGS "
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 23, 2013, 10:36:54 am
I think it looks good. I think our stadium would look better with more of a brick facade instead of the creamy/yellowish stucko. The stucko makes it look unfinished and cheap.

I like a little brick but not all brick.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 23, 2013, 10:39:59 am
Did you go across the tracks to the famu campus?  A whole lotta variety there.

Been all over the campus. I worked in the panhandle. My former boss was a graduate of FSU and a friend of Burt's. I admit it's been a while since I've been there. They had just added onto the stadium. When I was there a lot of it looked the same and bland. At least in my opinion. What tracks? I honestly don't remember any tracks. Like I say it's been a while though.

EDIT: My bad I thought you were referring to FSU. I now see you wrote FAMU! I guess I should read slower!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Dbl D on February 23, 2013, 11:05:12 am
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

They're still aggies!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Laughing Hog on February 23, 2013, 02:05:11 pm
So,they decided to upgrade the Wally World tacklebox and get one from Orvis....... good for them.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Root66 on February 23, 2013, 02:41:52 pm
It looked like Sumlin owned Nick in that 1st match up. We will see if Nick can tie it up this year? It will be a good contest.

I don't think Nick will get caught in that trap two years in a row, Ray. It may not even be close.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Root66 on February 23, 2013, 02:43:53 pm
You ever been to College Station? Besides that most people don't like cults either......................

That's why no one likes us...WE are a cult. Alabama's a cult. Texas is a cult. LSU is a cult. OU is a cult. Missouri on the other hand, is NOT a cult.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Root66 on February 23, 2013, 02:48:48 pm
I think it looks good. I think our stadium would look better with more of a brick facade instead of the creamy/yellowish stucko. The stucko makes it look unfinished and cheap.

Why do I remember creamy/yellowish Pre-fab Concrete Panels for the outside facade of RRS? I don't think that is "stucco". Maybe they can hire an artist to paint a brick design on the prefab concrete. ;)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: FelixJonesorDMAC? on February 23, 2013, 02:54:44 pm
People keep saying look at history, but history tells us the Aggies were under UT's shadow, it is different now.  They do have a coach and had a pretty solid recruiting class and a helluva marekting campaign going on right now with Johnny Football to bring more attention to the Aggs.   Let's just hope they stay aggies and mess this all up, but if they don't, they will be a force unless Texas comes to the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NWASooner on February 23, 2013, 04:23:43 pm
A&M has never been good while Texas has been good.  If Texas is good, they're option #1.  They always will be.

A&M has had good years before.  This isn't new to them.  They also tend to slump back to mediocrity.

Some of you should start a website called aggieville.net.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggish1 on February 23, 2013, 04:45:44 pm
We could have but the priority was being able to see the field from the comfort of the BAC.

Are you serious?  I never heard that.  Really dumb, if true.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: KennyForAD on February 23, 2013, 05:02:24 pm
They didn't ever own the SWC and they didn't come close to owning the Big 12 conference.  They will not own the SEC, ever.

But... they have an ENORMOUS advantage which they did not have in the SWC or Big12.  What kid would ever want to play for Texas in an 'also ran' league, when they could play in the big league at TAMU?   Answer:  None.   Tamu is becoming what Texas always thought Texas was, but for real.    They have lightning in a bottle and will be a FORCE in the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: KennyForAD on February 23, 2013, 05:09:01 pm
A&M has never been good while Texas has been good.  If Texas is good, they're option #1.  They always will be.

A&M has had good years before.  This isn't new to them.  They also tend to slump back to mediocrity.

Some of you should start a website called aggieville.net.

WRONG!   That may have been true when Texas and Tamu were in the same conference, but Tamu moved up in class.   Texas is in the bush league.   Tamu will outclass Texas year in and year out forevermore. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Danny J on February 23, 2013, 05:10:10 pm
Some of your ability to understand the magnitude of Texas aTm's inclusion in this conference is baffling.

We like to refer to the UA as a "sleeping giant", yet can't fathom aTm, with their unlimited funding, large, almost scary loyal alumni base, recruiting advantages and nationwide brand recognition as a sleeping giant as well?

These jokers aren't going anywhere. Living in Dallas for the last five years, I rarely saw aTm merchandise, much less people wearing it. Now that's ALL you see.

They just came in to this conference and BEAT Alabama their first year and in the process, their QB won a Heisman trophy. Now they're going to spend a quarter of what Jerry spent on Jerryworld and you guys act like they'll be battling it out with Mississsippi State year in and year out?

The reason they never fared well in their previous conferences is because they had to play second fiddle to UT. Now, they have their own identity in a vastly superior conference and their previously mentioned scary loyal fanbase has awoken and are ready to do what it takes to make a statement.

In five years, aTm will own this league.
I agree except with the last sentence.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 24, 2013, 06:07:25 am
That's why no one likes us...WE are a cult. Alabama's a cult. Texas is a cult. LSU is a cult. OU is a cult. Missouri on the other hand, is NOT a cult.

None of those are a cult. TAMU IS a cult.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on February 24, 2013, 08:00:18 am
You ever been to College Station? Besides that most people don't like cults either......................

Not since I was a kid.  The 30 hrs or so of mechanical engineering I've taken was from A&M, but took it in Tyler.  I'll say this, the older guys were all knowledgeable, laid back, and alot of fun after hours.  The younger guys were so cocky it was embarrassing for the older ones.  Most of the old guard has retired now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Polecat on February 24, 2013, 08:56:07 am
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.
Sumlins ability to recruit and offensive system are certainly impressive thus far. We shall see
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jagvocate on February 24, 2013, 11:41:58 am
I wouldn't knock Texas High School recruits too much, or there wouldn't be much reason to play the "Southwest Classic" in Dallas every year.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WashUhog6 on February 24, 2013, 12:02:55 pm
This isn't yesteryear.
One season and the SEC doesn't erase seven decades worth of results.

A&M has never been good while Texas has been good.  If Texas is good, they're option #1.  They always will be.

A&M has had good years before.  This isn't new to them.  They also tend to slump back to mediocrity.

Some of you should start a website called aggieville.net.
I find it hilarious that people around here think that Texas is just going to permanently slip back into the little brother role. Texas is far and away number one in that state, and changing that is something that takes decades.

Texas has a long history of winning; to expect them to sit back and cower under A&M is laughable. But this place has an Aggie obsession.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgzinbowlz on February 24, 2013, 12:14:44 pm
I wouldn't knock Texas High School recruits too much, or there wouldn't be much reason to play the "Southwest Classic" in Dallas every year.
Anyone knocking Texas High School recruits does not make a living recruiting D-1 college football players at the championship level. The Hogs need a quality mix of Texas recruits annually.

" GO HOGS "
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on February 24, 2013, 02:17:43 pm
One season and the SEC doesn't erase seven decades worth of results.
I find it hilarious that people around here think that Texas is just going to permanently slip back into the little brother role. Texas is far and away number one in that state, and changing that is something that takes decades.

Texas has a long history of winning; to expect them to sit back and cower under A&M is laughable. But this place has an Aggie obsession.


I think what most are trying to say is that one has nothing to do with other now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WashUhog6 on February 24, 2013, 02:33:54 pm

I think what most are trying to say is that one has nothing to do with other now.
Why? Because of a conference change?

All of this is banking on Texas being the little brother now, which is not going to happen long term. Their imprint in the state of Texas is much deeper than A&M's will ever be, and it's like that for a reason. You don't change a century of results with a conference change, Texas won't be down forever.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Uncle SI on February 24, 2013, 03:15:00 pm
Sadly, it looks really good. This will help keep Kyle Field a top 15 stadium and will help them recruiting.
WPS
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 56Hog on February 24, 2013, 04:01:14 pm
Give aTm five more years and they will own this conference.

Give Texas A&M five more years and Aggie joke books will top the bestseller list at SECstore.com
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggish1 on February 24, 2013, 04:48:07 pm
People keep saying look at history, but history tells us the Aggies were under UT's shadow, it is different now.  They do have a coach and had a pretty solid recruiting class and a helluva marekting campaign going on right now with Johnny Football to bring more attention to the Aggs.   Let's just hope they stay aggies and mess this all up, but if they don't, they will be a force unless Texas comes to the SEC.

This is a real good post since it references the fact TAMU got out from under big brothers' thumb. That is the key to their success thus far and likely to stay simply because they now have the biggest recruiting advantage in their own state.  It's why I dreaded them getting in the SEC. 

But, you can forget Texass coming to the SEC for two reasons:

It couldn't handle repeatedly getting it's @ss whipped.  And TAMU, once having escaped the teasip's jail, would fight like hell to never let them rise in their own back yard.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Razorback de Nosferatu on February 24, 2013, 05:02:37 pm
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/21743255/

Wish we could close out our endzone like that.

I envy the closed in end zone.  I've wanted AR to do that for a long time.

I don't envy their stadium as a whole.  It's a hacked up mess that looks like a Lego disaster.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on February 24, 2013, 10:12:19 pm
Why? Because of a conference change?

All of this is banking on Texas being the little brother now, which is not going to happen long term. Their imprint in the state of Texas is much deeper than A&M's will ever be, and it's like that for a reason. You don't change a century of results with a conference change, Texas won't be down forever.

I absolutely agree that Texas will not be down forever, I have even mentioned that in some of my prior post.  Texas recruiting areas are capable of producing two major powers.  My point is that A&M's entire seasons used to revolve around the Texas game (sound familiar!).  I believe that has all changed.  Back in the SWC and the Big 12 days, if they beat Texas, then everything was good to go and nothing changed, the season was considered a success.  The switch to the SEC is about something bigger than Texas.  It will take time, even some of our fan base (no not just hogville) can't seem to let Texas go, but when their resources (alumni $$, recruiting, etc..) are orientated to goals bigger than UT they will become a program to be reckoned with; not Bama power, but definitely a thorn in our side.     
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: GlassofSwine on February 24, 2013, 11:29:40 pm

I think what most are trying to say is that one has nothing to do with other now.

  This is just not true. In terms of the state of Texas...Texas still has far more money, fans, etc. A&M is still going to have to recruit against Texas and they are always going to be 2nd. There is more to recruiting than playing in the SEC. Texas has more money, better facilities, better tradition and is located in Austin. College Station may not be Starkville but it isn't exactly a destination. They may not be playing Texas on the field but they are definitely going to be in competition against them and they are still going to be 2nd.

  Also let's not forget that Arkansas went 11-2 in 2011 and 10-3 with a BCS bowl game in 2010. We put up two back to back seasons of the same quality as A&M last year, put a plan in place for a massive facility upgrade and yet even then I don't remember anyone saying we are going to be "owning" the SEC in 5 years. Things can quickly come crashing back to earth just as they did for us. It would be no surprise if A&M went from 11 wins to 7-8 next year.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: KennyForAD on February 24, 2013, 11:56:10 pm
  This is just not true. In terms of the state of Texas...Texas still has far more money, fans, etc. A&M is still going to have to recruit against Texas and they are always going to be 2nd. There is more to recruiting than playing in the SEC. Texas has more money, better facilities, better tradition and is located in Austin. College Station may not be Starkville but it isn't exactly a destination. They may not be playing Texas on the field but they are definitely going to be in competition against them and they are still going to be 2nd.

  Also let's not forget that Arkansas went 11-2 in 2011 and 10-3 with a BCS bowl game in 2010. We put up two back to back seasons of the same quality as A&M last year, put a plan in place for a massive facility upgrade and yet even then I don't remember anyone saying we are going to be "owning" the SEC in 5 years. Things can quickly come crashing back to earth just as they did for us. It would be no surprise if A&M went from 11 wins to 7-8 next year.

Texas has more money that TAMU?   LMAO.    They both have WAY MORE money than is needed.   So do we.    All this UT is better than TAMU is just backward thinking.  Tamu has the advantage now, and it a HUGE one.  Is College St on par with Austin?  HELL no.   But it doesn't matter.   Players are looking for a shot at the NFL, and there's plenty of tail anywhere they go, even C.S.    UT is in the rear view mirror, and will be for the foreseeable future.

TAMU has real competition, which makes ANY team better.  They have a huge recruiting advantage, they have WAY, WAY, WAY better fans.   Cya Texas...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HognVA on February 25, 2013, 06:06:07 am
Sumlin inherited a ton of talent from Sherman.A lot of coaches look like geniuses their first year before they stumble. He may be a great coach, average coach or a flash in the pan. Time will tell.

It's way too early IMO to predict sustained greatness for A&M in the SEC.

+1 Coach Nutt as evidence. A great 1st or even a bad 1st season does not tell you much long term.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on February 25, 2013, 06:52:11 am
  This is just not true. In terms of the state of Texas...Texas still has far more money, fans, etc. A&M is still going to have to recruit against Texas and they are always going to be 2nd. There is more to recruiting than playing in the SEC. Texas has more money, better facilities, better tradition and is located in Austin. College Station may not be Starkville but it isn't exactly a destination. They may not be playing Texas on the field but they are definitely going to be in competition against them and they are still going to be 2nd.

  Also let's not forget that Arkansas went 11-2 in 2011 and 10-3 with a BCS bowl game in 2010. We put up two back to back seasons of the same quality as A&M last year, put a plan in place for a massive facility upgrade and yet even then I don't remember anyone saying we are going to be "owning" the SEC in 5 years. Things can quickly come crashing back to earth just as they did for us. It would be no surprise if A&M went from 11 wins to 7-8 next year.

I agree that Texas is not changing, they will still always be Texas.  The difference is when A&M joined the SEC, they raised the bar on their football program.  It is no longer about beating the Horns and keeping the status quo.  They have the resources to try and keep up with Jones's (which, in their eyes, is not Texas anymore).  Like I said above, I don't think they are going to be "owning the SEC", that job is currently occupied by a couple of other schools.  On your other point, what does our record have to do with them?
   
 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hornkiller on February 25, 2013, 09:13:29 am
I agree that Texas is not changing, they will still always be Texas.  The difference is when A&M joined the SEC, they raised the bar on their football program.  It is no longer about beating the Horns and keeping the status quo.  They have the resources to try and keep up with Jones's (which, in their eyes, is not Texas anymore).  Like I said above, I don't think they are going to be "owning the SEC", that job is currently occupied by a couple of other schools.  On your other point, what does our record have to do with them?
   
 

While true we have to face one important fact,  Texas isn’t as good as they can or should be.

Whether it’s the drop in high school talent, Mack Brown going on cruise control or other issues the point is that A&M is about keeping up with the Bama’s and LSUs… which could come back to help the Big XII.

Mack Brown is long in the tooth and no amount of Vince Young highlights are going to excuse finishing in the middle of the conference and getting a 30 point can opened on them by Stoops in Dallas. Isn’t going to last for long.  Maybe this year, maybe a few more years down the road Brown is going to step aside / be relieved / be shown the door.

When that happens Texas is going to throw the check book around for someone big.  Some say Briles because what he’s done at Baylor. Some say they’ll get Mustchamp to come back. Never the less Texas will look for someone who can recruit and has a hunger to win national titles.

And the Burnt Orange nation will never admit it, but the target will be A&M and the SEC. Not just keep up but surpass.  If A&M continues their success (and a big if considering the losses on the Offensive and Defensive line) the Horns will copy the blue print, open up the check book and get someone who can and will recruit and coach against the SEC.

Oklahoma has already been working on hiring fresh blood for the recruiting trail with their line coaches.  Stoops is entering his 14 year so who knows how much longer he’ll head the program, but bet your bottom dollar is Texas does it, OU will be right behind them. That is a much Sooner tradition as the covered chuck wagon. If Texas ups their game, OU will do everything they can to be a step ahead.

You already see Michigan and Ohio State trying to recruit against the SEC. But the sense of urgency isn’t there because the SEC isn’t in their backyard. A&M is gunning for the SEC big dogs but make no mistake, they’re keeping an eye on Austin.  Everyone should hope that Texas is arrogant enough to think what worked 10 years ago will work again and it’s just one player here or a break here that Texas will be back to being a national power. But someone in Austin one day will get a clue…
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on February 25, 2013, 09:27:46 am
While true we have to face one important fact,  Texas isn’t as good as they can or should be.

Whether it’s the drop in high school talent, Mack Brown going on cruise control or other issues the point is that A&M is about keeping up with the Bama’s and LSUs… which could come back to help the Big XII.

Mack Brown is long in the tooth and no amount of Vince Young highlights are going to excuse finishing in the middle of the conference and getting a 30 point can opened on them by Stoops in Dallas. Isn’t going to last for long.  Maybe this year, maybe a few more years down the road Brown is going to step aside / be relieved / be shown the door.

When that happens Texas is going to throw the check book around for someone big.  Some say Briles because what he’s done at Baylor. Some say they’ll get Mustchamp to come back. Never the less Texas will look for someone who can recruit and has a hunger to win national titles.

And the Burnt Orange nation will never admit it, but the target will be A&M and the SEC. Not just keep up but surpass.  If A&M continues their success (and a big if considering the losses on the Offensive and Defensive line) the Horns will copy the blue print, open up the check book and get someone who can and will recruit and coach against the SEC.

Oklahoma has already been working on hiring fresh blood for the recruiting trail with their line coaches.  Stoops is entering his 14 year so who knows how much longer he’ll head the program, but bet your bottom dollar is Texas does it, OU will be right behind them. That is a much Sooner tradition as the covered chuck wagon. If Texas ups their game, OU will do everything they can to be a step ahead.

You already see Michigan and Ohio State trying to recruit against the SEC. But the sense of urgency isn’t there because the SEC isn’t in their backyard. A&M is gunning for the SEC big dogs but make no mistake, they’re keeping an eye on Austin.  Everyone should hope that Texas is arrogant enough to think what worked 10 years ago will work again and it’s just one player here or a break here that Texas will be back to being a national power. But someone in Austin one day will get a clue…


Good post, I agree with most of it.  But why in the world do you think Texas cares about A&M and the SEC? 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hornkiller on February 25, 2013, 09:45:42 am
Good post, I agree with most of it.  But why in the world do you think Texas cares about A&M and the SEC?

Simple... the path to the national championship runs through the SEC. A&M was the only school last year to beat the team that has won 3 out of the last 4 national titles and did so in Tuscaloosa

Certain programs are built on the perception that anything less than getting a national championship is a waste of time.  Like em, lump em or leave em… Texas has traditionally been one of those programs. Those programs don’t usually fail because of the lack of effort, but because they’re not going in the right direction.

Texas is failing because of their arrogance in recruiting tied to the dip in Texas high school talent. 10 years ago Brown could just open up the door and the  crème de la crème of talent would fight to get in. Sure a few would slip north to Norman or down to College Station or the SEC. But Texas got away with the philosophy of if you want to be a Shorthorn, best not shop your services around.

We’ll it isn’t 10 years ago and sooner or later someone in Austin is going to dump a big cup of espresso on the athletic department. When that happens it won’t be, we have to keep up with OU. Why, OU hasn’t won a title in 13 years and played for one 5. The target won’t just be beating the KSUs, Baylor’s and West Virginia’s.

Programs like Texas are built to win national titles. So yes I do believe if A&M continues to have success Texas will look at what they’re doing. I do believe Texas will look at what the SEC is doing, believe it or not they’ve started doing it in Ann Arbor, C-Bus Ohio and Norman.  To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. And right now there is no doubt what the best in college football is… the SEC.

Football in general has a copy cat mentality. If you can't beat em with your system, try the one that is winning. You've seen it through the years with the option game, the change to a faster defense, the spread. The SEC does it internally which is why while Florida can drop off Alabama, LSU, Arkansas have risen up. So it's only a matter of time before other programs notice the emphasis on defense, where the SEC is recruiting and what and how they run their programs before they follow the example to a T.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: nwahogfan1 on February 25, 2013, 10:02:01 am
There's no reason to close in the endzone until we start filling every seat for every game. There's also a reason aTm didn't dominate the Big XII and that's called poor coaching choices. They've got a winner now and UT is on the way down. It's the perfect storm for the Aggies. In one season, they did what we haven't been able to do, beat Nick Saban.

Ordinaryly I would be on your side but I think they can sell out the luxury boxes and get more regular seats closer to the field where the added noise will help our team more.

 I  doubt they will fill all of the regular seats out often but luxury boxes are on a waiting list and those are big bucks.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 25, 2013, 10:29:08 am
Ordinaryly I would be on your side but I think they can sell out the luxury boxes and get more regular seats closer to the field where the added noise will help our team more.

 I  doubt they will fill all of the regular seats out often but luxury boxes are on a waiting list and those are big bucks.

Most schools plan in advance somewhat and start planning even though not all games are sold out at the time.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: GlassofSwine on February 25, 2013, 04:50:09 pm
I agree that Texas is not changing, they will still always be Texas.  The difference is when A&M joined the SEC, they raised the bar on their football program.  It is no longer about beating the Horns and keeping the status quo.  They have the resources to try and keep up with Jones's (which, in their eyes, is not Texas anymore).  Like I said above, I don't think they are going to be "owning the SEC", that job is currently occupied by a couple of other schools.  On your other point, what does our record have to do with them?
   
 

  If A&M had gone 8-4 or 7-5 as most expected no one would be having this conversation on here about Texas A&M becoming an elite SEC team. That's what it has to do with our record. People are jumping on the A&M bandwagon because of one good year and overlooking their history. They may be in a better conference but they are always going to play second fiddle to Texas in recruiting, The same historical things that held them back in the past have not been removed by simply joining the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on February 25, 2013, 06:15:14 pm
Texas has more money that TAMU?   LMAO.

Yes, they do....and it's not even close.

Texas 2012 Athletic Budget   -   $153.5M
A&M 2012 Athletic Budget    -   $75.8M


http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2011/08/22/In-Depth/Budgets.aspx
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on February 25, 2013, 06:54:57 pm
  If A&M had gone 8-4 or 7-5 as most expected no one would be having this conversation on here about Texas A&M becoming an elite SEC team. That's what it has to do with our record. People are jumping on the A&M bandwagon because of one good year and overlooking their history. They may be in a better conference but they are always going to play second fiddle to Texas in recruiting, The same historical things that held them back in the past have not been removed by simply joining the SEC.

So what if they finish 2nd to Texas in recruiting, it doesn't matter.  Who cares if Texas has a top 5 recruiting class.  A&M's adavantage is going to be consistent top 10-15 recruiting classes, which I think they will be able to acheive.  Look at the SEC ranking in recruiting, we are around 30 in the nation but damn near last in the SEC
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: 99toLife on February 25, 2013, 07:03:31 pm
Yes, they do....and it's not even close.

Texas 2012 Athletic Budget   -   $153.5M
A&M 2012 Athletic Budget    -   $75.8M


http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2011/08/22/In-Depth/Budgets.aspx

Exactly, Texas is the King Kong of resources, They have an unlimited amount of resources if they choose to search their sofa cushions...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 26, 2013, 08:08:22 am
Yes, they do....and it's not even close.

Texas 2012 Athletic Budget   -   $153.5M
A&M 2012 Athletic Budget    -   $75.8M


http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2011/08/22/In-Depth/Budgets.aspx

When I first saw the quote you have answered I knew there was a problem! Everyone should have already known tejas has more money than TAMU.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hornkiller on February 26, 2013, 09:55:55 am
When I first saw the quote you have answered I knew there was a problem! Everyone should have already known tejas has more money than TAMU.

The question isn't who has more more money, but who is getting the better ROI.

Right now it's no contest. Top 10 finish, upset of the defending national champion at their house, Heisman winner. It's A&M. Now can the Aggies build on this. Looks like it with the recruiting numbers, but time will tell if they can stand the test of time in the SEC. But that is a heck of a start to a team that we all thought would stuggle for a few years in the SEC west.

Texas on the other hand: losing and barley .500 seasons, blow out losses to OU and KSU, few blue chip recruits where 10 years ago Brown auditioned and didn't recruit. Sure the alumni and LHN have the cash rolling in, the staduim is packed and the ledger looks good. But do you expect the arrogant T-Sips to go Cubs fan and accept the lovable loser role? Forget the Aggies, Tech, TCU and Baylor have been hot on the Horns heals the last few years.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2013, 10:32:34 am
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=128305 (access to UK's request for bids for Commonweath Stadium renovations)

Budget: $110 Million (app. $87,000,000 maximum construction budget)

• New home team facilities to include a new football locker room, coaches’ lockers, equipment room, taping room, and media/interview room. Vacated spaces will be re‐purposed for other uses.

• New east sideline field access for the football team.

• New Recruiting / Multi‐purpose Room with views to the playing field along east end zone.

• Relocate student seating section to east end zone and provide a unique “student seating” environment.

• Replacement of existing south sideline bench seating to accommodate approximately 2,200 new club seats with a dedicated club lounge areas.

• Provide 16 new suites (14 seats each), a President’s Suite (100 seats), and an Athletic Director’s Suite (30 seats)...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2013, 01:28:08 pm
Scott Cochran 'humbled every day' by Alabama's $9 million, 'jaw-dropping' weight room

Alabama is still waiting for the new set of dumbbells that will soon fill the racks of its brand new, $9 million weightlifting palace.
That certainly hasn't troubled strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, who said the 37,000-square foot building, which opened earlier this month, will "never be complete" to him because "you always have work to do."

More importantly, the speakers arrived on time.

"That was the No. 1 thing I asked for," Cochran said. "I'm BIG on the jock rock. Love that because you never know the day. Everybody knows that day; you have them every day, you all have a job, you do something for a living. Those are the days I crank that music so loud they can't hear anything. So loud they can't even hear me."

A reporter challenged Cochran on that near the end of a tour Wednesday. So, Cochran promptly flipped the switch and let Young Jeezy's "Ballin'" blare...

Funded almost exclusively by future revenue bonds and constructed in just five months on an expedited schedule, the weight room serves as a go-between from the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility to the Mal Moore Athletic Facility. Four clear garage doors open to the indoor field, which allows coaches to observe what's happening in both areas without flooding the separate entities with conflicting noise.

The building, which measures out to be 21,000 square feet on the bottom floor and 16,000 on the second floor, is at the Crimson Tide's football epicenter, but it's open to all of the university's varsity sports athletes.

The entire building is based around functionality, Cochran said. Twenty combination racks, which are built into the ground, greet visitors after they cross the main entrance, serving as one-stop-shops for athletes who can perform multiple exercises in the exact same spot.

http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/02/scott_cochran_weight_room.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 02, 2013, 07:24:21 am
The question isn't who has more more money, but who is getting the better ROI.

Right now it's no contest. Top 10 finish, upset of the defending national champion at their house, Heisman winner. It's A&M. Now can the Aggies build on this. Looks like it with the recruiting numbers, but time will tell if they can stand the test of time in the SEC. But that is a heck of a start to a team that we all thought would stuggle for a few years in the SEC west.

Texas on the other hand: losing and barley .500 seasons, blow out losses to OU and KSU, few blue chip recruits where 10 years ago Brown auditioned and didn't recruit. Sure the alumni and LHN have the cash rolling in, the staduim is packed and the ledger looks good. But do you expect the arrogant T-Sips to go Cubs fan and accept the lovable loser role? Forget the Aggies, Tech, TCU and Baylor have been hot on the Horns heals the last few years.

TAMU has ALWAYS had a much smaller budget and less money. Because of that and other reasons tejas has historically been the much better program over the long haul. TAMU's move to the SEC was a good way for them to try to catch up and be considered equal in some respects longterm.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on March 02, 2013, 06:21:40 pm
Alabama's New Weight Room.......http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3fquDTF09bk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3fquDTF09bk)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2013, 01:08:48 pm
State Receives $500,000 Gift for Basketball Locker Room Upgrade from alumnus Danny Cupit

The half-million-dollar gift, which is part of the Bulldog Club’s “Today, Tomorrow, Forever” facility initiative, will “enhance” the Bulldogs’ current locker room, according to a school news release.

Cupit’s gift will give MSU’s locker room its first renovation since 2003, when Humphrey Coliseum got a $1.8 million upgrade.

It’s been less than two years since State opened the Mize Pavilion, an $11.7 million practice facility.

Ray has dealt with personnel losses, injuries and suspensions since arriving last year, but he believes the facilities at MSU will help him bring the program back to respectability.

“The opportunity to upgrade to our locker room is a great start to taking our program to the next level,” he said. “The type of enhancements and amenities we are looking to add will help attract and develop the top student-athletes we are looking for.”

http://insidemsusports.com/2013/03/05/msu-receives-500000-gift-for-basketball-locker-room-upgrade/

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 17, 2013, 12:05:25 pm
First- and second-round games in the NCAA women’s tournament are scheduled at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday and Monday of the upcoming week. If the Vols land in the NIT, they will likely receive a generous seed and offered a home game.

The women’s tournament limits that opportunity.

Because the NCAA will take over Thompson-Boling — dressing it up with tournament paraphernalia and scheduling shootarounds and media events — Wednesday would be the only day for the Vols to host a men’s first-round NIT game, according to two UT sources in the program. The sources requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

Otherwise, Tennessee might be sent to the road. (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/mar/16/tennessee-left-in-the-hands-of-the-committee-but)

Stokely Athletic Center shut down all operations in December and has been prepared for demolition.

NIT scheduling conflicts have created nostalgia opportunities to play in an old arena but that will not an option for the Vols.

Update: Tennessee is able to host an NIT game on Wednesday night.

UK is not able to host their opener against Robert Morris due to hosting the NCAA this week.  They will play in Moon Township outside Pittsburgh and home of John Calipari.

Jerry Tipton ‏@JerryTipton
No team will use UK locker room during NCAA 2nd- and 3rd-round games in Rupp. But NCAA will use a portion of UK locker room for staging
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2013, 01:30:04 pm
The state College Board approved plans Thursday for Ole Miss to spend $6 million for architects to design a 10,000-seat venue, a parking garage and other facilities.


The arena would replace Tad Smith Coliseum, built in 1967. Ole Miss says the current arena is outmoded and worn out.


It's not clear how much a new arena would cost. Chancellor Dan Jones says that's one issue a design would help settle. In its ongoing $150 million athletic fundraising campaign, the university has projected raising $70 million for the arena.

http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20130321/SPORTS030103/130321010
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 23, 2013, 08:19:49 am
The state College Board approved plans Thursday for Ole Miss to spend $6 million for architects to design a 10,000-seat venue, a parking garage and other facilities.


The arena would replace Tad Smith Coliseum, built in 1967. Ole Miss says the current arena is outmoded and worn out.


It's not clear how much a new arena would cost. Chancellor Dan Jones says that's one issue a design would help settle. In its ongoing $150 million athletic fundraising campaign, the university has projected raising $70 million for the arena.

http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20130321/SPORTS030103/130321010

That is the truth!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2013, 12:02:03 pm
Proposed rendering for the expansion and renovation of Commonwealth Stadium.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=130460
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2013, 10:43:49 pm
The 'nearly new' John McDonnell field will get a bit of a face-lift this summer.  New mondo will replace the current running surface along with a few important cosmetic additions.  These additions will include a bronze statue of Coach McDonnell along with a display board detailing his incredible tenure as the leader of the Razorback Thinclads.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2013, 11:59:01 am
New Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle has been on the job only a few weeks, and has already delivered on his vow to conduct a "listening tour." He was spotted making his way around the stadium and talking with fans during Alabama's 9-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana last Tuesday night. He acknowledged there are problems to be addressed.

"Having a baseball facility that is competitive with our peers is a priority for us," Battle told The Tuscaloosa News.

http://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1492567
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 14, 2013, 09:13:16 am
UK dedicated a new $9.5 million softball complex yesterday.

From http://www.ukathletics.com

Saturday marked the official grand opening of the new stadium, which features 1,500 seats, a spacious press box, two luxury suites and a first-class indoor hitting/fielding facility complete with a locker room, team lounge and offices.

UK is set to host the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament May 8-11...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: luke hawg on April 16, 2013, 11:44:38 am
I remember earlier in the year a thread where Bobby P said Western Kentucky has better facilities than Arkansas.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: razortaz on April 16, 2013, 12:52:45 pm
He was trying to sell that he wants to be there. They do have nice facilities nut no where close. I liled BP before he started alk tjat poor isme bull@$$% . Give it a couple years amd know one will remember bp.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 16, 2013, 01:05:55 pm
Some but not all of the "behind the scenes" stuff the general public doesn't see was not up to par. The locker rooms, coaches offices, training and meeting rooms and dining facilities had been passed by other schools over the years. The indoor practice facility the weight room and stadium were up to par and better than some. I remember years ago Florida didn't even have a museum or trophy room and that was when Spurrier was winning big there. Their Heisman trophy's were right inside the entrance to the coaches offices in a small receptionist area. The museum was suppose to be in the North-endzone expansion they had done several years before that, but I was told they were still trying to raise the money. The O'Connell Center was a dump! At that time we had better facilities all around. Florida has since done a lot of upgrades over the years as have other SEC schools. We have done some but not in the "nuts and bolts" of the football facilities. There is a CONSTANT facilities arms race and it will only continue. You either have to continually move forward or get behind.

P.S. We STILL don't have a basketball practice facility even though all our competition does.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HG on April 16, 2013, 01:23:43 pm
Some but not all of the "behind the scenes" stuff the general public doesn't see was not up to par. The locker rooms, coaches offices, training and meeting rooms and dining facilities had been passed by other schools over the years. The indoor practice facility the weight room and stadium were up to par and better than some. I remember years ago Florida didn't even have a museum or trophy room and that was when Spurrier was winning big there. Their Heisman trophy's were right inside the entrance to the coaches offices in a small receptionist area. The museum was suppose to be in the North-endzone expansion they had done several years before that, but I was told they were still trying to raise the money. The O'Connell Center was a dump! At that time we had better facilities all around. Florida has since done a lot of upgrades over the years as have other SEC schools. We have done some but not in the "nuts and bolts" of the football facilities. There is a CONSTANT facilities arms race and it will only continue. You either have to continually move forward or get behind.

P.S. We STILL don't have a basketball practice facility even though all our competition does.

The bigger the tradition, the faster the upgrades, I would guess.  Even when Spurrier was there, Florida was barely removed from an era where they were considered little better than Spurrier's previous employer, Duke (well, a slight exaggeration, but, seriously, Florida was a fairly bad program before Spurrier.)  Programs like Bama, Auburn and Tennessee were "traditional powers" and invested accordingly, as did ones like ND, OU and Texas.  We were no slouches, historically, but it's the frequent irony of the era that the biggest upgrades were often made after the person most responsible for making said upgrades possible (or at least demanded) died, retired, moved to a different position, i.e. Coach Broyles in our case.  And, let's face it, until relatively recently, we didn't have the insanely deep pockets of places like Texas and Notre Dame.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: luke hawg on April 16, 2013, 01:41:57 pm
How could we have ever expected to win SEC hardware if there is any truth to Petrino's statement? I was looking and in 2011 and 2012 Forbes has us ranked 8th and 10th respectively in regards to the value of our football program. What amazes me is the 59 percent growth from 2010 to 2011. It appears that Arkansas has the potential to be in the top 10 consistently. There isn't another school in the top 20 that has worse football facilities than us across the board. What happens to our product on the field when the facilities reflect our worth? It also makes me wonder how much more money we could gain by Missouri being our cross division rival and dropping the SEC Little Rock game. LSU occupied the top stop in the conference at 96 million with Arkansas at 89 million. It would seem moving the Ole Miss game and changing our cross division rival along with the return of the SWC classic might make us the most profitable program in the SEC during winning seasons.
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Post by: Hog Fan...DOH! on April 16, 2013, 02:04:58 pm
Luke: you know we're building a 35-40 million dollar state-of- the- art football complex?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Arkansas Fan on April 16, 2013, 02:07:47 pm
Oh please, Western Kentucky doesn't have better facilities than us. Petrino was just talking up his new job.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: luke hawg on April 16, 2013, 02:27:39 pm
Luke: you know we're building a 35-40 million dollar state-of- the- art football complex?

Yeah I was talking our expectations to this point. I think 3 SEC championship appearances, 1 BCS game along with the 2011 cotton bowl is a phenomenal accomplishment given our disadvantages to this point.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on April 17, 2013, 01:29:27 pm
Now the "Academic Centers" are all the rage. We still have not broken ground on one, although I think that may happen this summer?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggish1 on April 17, 2013, 02:04:44 pm
Give it a couple years amd know one will remember bp.

?

My advice:  get to rehab then to school...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggish1 on April 17, 2013, 02:13:48 pm
The bigger the tradition, the faster the upgrades, I would guess.  Even when Spurrier was there, Florida was barely removed from an era where they were considered little better than Spurrier's previous employer, Duke (well, a slight exaggeration, but, seriously, Florida was a fairly bad program before Spurrier.) 

No, you are wrong. Florida, before Spurrier was Pell-Hall for 10 years where the SEC was becoming the power it is today—theirs was an excellent decade.  Before that, with Dickey and Graves they played well but the SEC was not anything like it became after the south was integrated.

The Pell 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2013, 03:19:49 pm
JonSol: How safe is your university stadium? Southern Miss security center certifies 4th SEC school

Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi: "A marathon is somewhat soft, whereas we can harden stadiums and arenas."

Nine universities have been certified: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Penn State, Southern Miss, Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and Delta State. LSU is completing its certification this week, Marciani said.

NCS4 says just one-third of the 1,350 sports facilities in the U.S it has reviewed through the years are taking all of the necessary security measures.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/04/how_safe_is_your_university_st.html

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 17, 2013, 06:14:32 pm
Now the "Academic Centers" are all the rage. We still have not broken ground on one, although I think that may happen this summer?

There has been one in the renovated part of RRS stadium for years. This is from ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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Longtime generous benefactors of the University of Arkansas and Razorback athletics, Bob and Marilyn Bogle of Bentonville, Arkansas have been committed to the support of excellence in academics and athletics on the University of Arkansas campus. The Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center for Student-Athletes, housed in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, honors their loyalty and commitment to the Razorback Athletic program. The Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center features 15,000 square feet of space including state-of-the-art computer labs and interactive teaching facilities. The Center houses the Academic Support, Student Life, and Career Development offices of the University of Arkansas Athletic Department. Included in the Center are staff offices, three computer laboratories including one specifically for students with learning disabilities, individual tutoring rooms, quiet study areas for study hall, and group study areas. The Bogle Center also continues the tradition of a dedicated space devoted to the needs of female athletes. The Academic Center gives Lady Razorback athletes a unique advantage in their scholarly endeavors.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Buff on April 17, 2013, 07:04:30 pm
He was trying to sell that he wants to be there. They do have nice facilities nut no where close. I liled BP before he started alk tjat poor isme bull@$$% . Give it a couple years amd know one will remember bp.

WKU just built new facilities.  We have the kickass weight room and practice facilities.  When it comes to offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, etc. yeah they just upgraded all that.  Hate all you want, but he wasn't lying.  The program isn't going to forget the coach that took us to the first BCS game no matter how much misguided hate you have. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on April 18, 2013, 01:06:32 pm
Some but not all of the "behind the scenes" stuff the general public doesn't see was not up to par. The locker rooms, coaches offices, training and meeting rooms and dining facilities had been passed by other schools over the years. The indoor practice facility the weight room and stadium were up to par and better than some. I remember years ago Florida didn't even have a museum or trophy room and that was when Spurrier was winning big there. Their Heisman trophy's were right inside the entrance to the coaches offices in a small receptionist area. The museum was suppose to be in the North-endzone expansion they had done several years before that, but I was told they were still trying to raise the money. The O'Connell Center was a dump! At that time we had better facilities all around. Florida has since done a lot of upgrades over the years as have other SEC schools. We have done some but not in the "nuts and bolts" of the football facilities. There is a CONSTANT facilities arms race and it will only continue. You either have to continually move forward or get behind.

P.S. We STILL don't have a basketball practice facility even though all our competition does.

Agreed, and I've been saying this for years -- our fans act like we had world class facilities because the stadium was renovated and we have a nice weight room, but in fact our locker rooms, coaches offices, team meeting areas, and training rooms were horribly outdated.  The locker room was so decrepit that they weren't showing it to recruits on official visits during the Petrino era until we announced and started construction on the new FOC. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2013, 03:24:24 pm
ATHENS -- So far Georgia’s spring practices have been conducted amid snow flurries, sleet, rain and cold and windy conditions. The Bulldogs are scheduled to hold their first full-scale scrimmage of the session Saturday at Sanford Stadium. But at last check there was a 70 percent chance of rain.

To all this, Georgia coach Mark Richt scoffs. “Football is an outdoor sport,” he said. “We don’t want to get too soft around here.”

Richt’s comments came in response to Thursday’s news that quarterback Aaron Murray had attempted to create “twitter trend” by getting Georgia fans to retweet the Bulldogs’ need for a full-size indoor practice facility. He tweeted: "About that time UGA gets an indoor facility. Lets get this trending #UGAindoor."

Of course, UGA has what it calls the “Nalley Multipurpose Facility.” But the building, part of a $40 million Butts-Mehre expansion three years ago, is about the half the size of a football field.

Georgia had the opportunity to build a full-size indoor practice facility when planning for that expansion began...

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/uga-sports/2013/mar/22/aaron-murray-right-about-ugas-need-indoor-facility/
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2013, 10:22:47 am
Vols officially open new indoor training facility

Anderson Training Center, the $45 million facility that includes a 100-yard indoor field, weight rooms, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms, a players’ lounge and other bells and whistles that athletic director Dave Hart said makes it the best in the country.
 (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/apr/19/vols-officially-open-new-indoor-training)

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“This is a historic moment in the program’s history,” Hart said.

Charlie Anderson, the CEO of Anderson Media Corporation and former leader of the Country Music Association, is a UT trustee and longtime supporter. The facility was named in honor of his family.

“Charlie played here. He cares,” Hart said. “(New coach) Butch Jones didn’t come here with a magic wand. But this facility, in a sense, is a magic wand.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2013, 10:51:51 am
Measures would provide $2.5 million for planning, design of Rupp Arena complex

Frank Butler, project director for the Rupp district project, gave council an update this week. He said work has started in earnest, with three consulting firms doing preliminary work. Architects and a project manager are expected to be hired by early June. At that point, "We'll be full-blown, moving the project ahead," he said.

(artist's exterior rendering at link)

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/24/2613884/measures-would-provide-25-million.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogWall Jackson on April 26, 2013, 10:56:37 pm
Does anyone have the link to the Site that is current and up to date on the construction status? Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: kingoftherapids on April 26, 2013, 10:57:50 pm
http://oxblue.com/open/uark/FootballCenter
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Tejano Jawg on April 27, 2013, 12:54:47 am
Sweet.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2013, 06:17:57 pm
A&M insider Billy Liucci is reporting, according to a source, via Twitter that the new Kyle will indeed top 102,000. (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/kyle-field-redevelopment-plans-to-finally-be-revealed-wednesday.html/)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2013, 04:45:46 pm
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/63743/video-am-aims-for-secs-biggest-stadium
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2013, 12:26:45 pm
FAYETTEVILLE — Former Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears' decision to transfer to Auburn instead of Arkansas has brought talk of practice facilities - or the lack thereof - back to the forefront of those around the Razorbacks' programs.
Seagers visited both campuses before committing to the Tigers on Wednesday. Auburn has a basketball practice facility, unlike Arkansas.

Former Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey and current coach Mike Anderson have stressed the need for a facility to help in recruiting. Without mentioning Seagears by name, UA athletics director Jeff Long reiterated the coaches' claims Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly, stating the lack of a facility is hurting recruiting.

"I've been saying it for five years," Long said. "I have to take a step back sometimes and not get frustrated by those who still can't see the vision of why we need one. I think we lost another recent recruit for that factor. We've got to get these facilities..." (http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2013/may/03/seagears-choice-raises-more-facility-questions-ark/)

In a 2007 clip from Tubby Smith's Show, Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford give a tour of then new UK basketball practice facility (Joe Craft Center)

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 04, 2013, 05:06:22 pm
Look for Tinersee to squeeze a few more seats out of their existing to stay on top in capacity.  Those poor fans are already dealing with undersized seats as it is.8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2013, 07:10:14 pm
Scarblog: Is Auburn falling behind in the stadium arms race or managing its money wisely? (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/05/post_19.html)

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Jordan-Hare isn’t shrinking. It just feels that way as other stadiums in the league keep pumping themselves up.

The last time Auburn completed a major expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Tigers had just begun what would become a four-game win streak over Alabama, and they were about to start a streak of three straight SEC titles.

How long ago was 1987?

Since then, every other school in the SEC West has undergone at least one major stadium expansion.

Arkansas spent $110 million to increase the capacity of Reynolds Razorback Stadium from 51,000 to 72,000 before the 2001 season.

Ole Miss bowled in the south end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 2002 to increase its capacity to 60,580.

State is in the middle of spending $75 million to add about 6,000 or so seats to Scott Field to bump its capacity to 61,337 for the 2014 season. The Bulldogs also are adding a second HD video board.

And then there’s Bama, which has expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium four times since 1988...

"There are no active plans to expand Jordan-Hare Stadium on the table," Jay Jacobs said. "Our focus is on improving the game-day experience at the stadium for our fans through systematic improvements to our existing facility.

Jacobs did say that they are currently in the process of improving The Nelson Club.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 08, 2013, 07:02:50 am
Jordan-Hare-Dye Stadium is still a dump!  8)

They need to do something about that stained concrete stadium. It has the feel of a Penal Facility. (Seriously)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on May 09, 2013, 08:00:18 am
Look for Tinersee to squeeze a few more seats out of their existing to stay on top in capacity.  Those poor fans are already dealing with undersized seats as it is.8)

No kidding! Those seats are so tight even the E-trade baby can't fit in them!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 10, 2013, 10:41:22 am
Co-chair of Kyle Field redevelopment: “It is going to be so loud that literally someone is going to wet their pants”

A&M’s renovation plans for Kyle Field will not only make it one of the largest stadiums in the country but the university also planned to keep it one of the most intimidating stadiums in the the country as well.

The field will be lowered seven feet and fans will sit closer than ever to the field and the players on it. It will also become an enclosed stadium in hopes of trapping the noise of one of the most raucous atmospheres in all of sports.

Sam Torn [no relation to Rip], Co-Chair of the Kyle Field redevelopment committee described how the renovation came to life. He also touched on how the stadium would still be one of the most intimidating in the country.

How intimidating will the Aggies new home be?

“Our goal is, when an opposing team walks out on this field it is going to be so loud, it is going to be so intense, that literally someone is going to wet their pants.”

http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/co-chair-of-kyle-field-redevelopment-it-is-goign-to-be-so-loud-that-literally-someone-is-going-to-wet-their-pants.html

Obviously an SEC newbie.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on May 10, 2013, 12:48:28 pm
Co-chair of Kyle Field redevelopment: “It is going to be so loud that literally someone is going to wet their pants”

A&M’s renovation plans for Kyle Field will not only make it one of the largest stadiums in the country but the university also planned to keep it one of the most intimidating stadiums in the the country as well.

The field will be lowered seven feet and fans will sit closer than ever to the field and the players on it. It will also become an enclosed stadium in hopes of trapping the noise of one of the most raucous atmospheres in all of sports.

Sam Torn [no relation to Rip], Co-Chair of the Kyle Field redevelopment committee described how the renovation came to life. He also touched on how the stadium would still be one of the most intimidating in the country.

How intimidating will the Aggies new home be?

“Our goal is, when an opposing team walks out on this field it is going to be so loud, it is going to be so intense, that literally someone is going to wet their pants.”

http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/co-chair-of-kyle-field-redevelopment-it-is-goign-to-be-so-loud-that-literally-someone-is-going-to-wet-their-pants.html

Obviously an SEC newbie.

Probably that would be the aggie yell leaders...............
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 14, 2013, 08:34:02 am
Auburn to upgrade baseball clubhouse thanks to $1 million donation from Auburn alum and current Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/05/auburn_to_upgrade_baseball_clu.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2013, 11:19:43 am
By the end of 2014, plans call for the completion of Tiger Stadium’s latest addition, a new tennis complex, the start of a gymnastics practice facility, a home for LSU’s newest sport and more.

On the south side, workers are laying the foundations for what will be about a 7,500-seat addition that will include club seats, suites, an upper deck seating area, standing room only areas, and new video scoreboards in the southeast and southwest corners of the old coliseum.

The project, to be completed for the start of the 2014 season, will bring Tiger Stadium’s capacity to approximately 100,000.

Work will begin late this year on a complex with 12 outdoor and six indoor tennis courts, with a target date for completion between August 2014 and January 2015.

The tennis complex will be built across from Alex Box Stadium on Gourrier Avenue, next to the LSU Ag Center’s LaHouse facility.

According to Brown, the indoor courts building will cover about 75,000 square feet and will include players lounges, locker rooms and a satellite training room.

 LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux said her program is at a disadvantage with regard to facilities to virtually every other top-20 team in the nation.

With the addition of a practice facility, Breaux is excited about the prospects for her program.

Current plans are to build the nutrition center at LSU’s football facility, though it would serve all of the school’s student-athletes.

In addition to helping LSU’s student-athletes eat better, the nutrition center will give LSU a place to entertain recruits and their families while on unofficial visits.

Alleva said he is seeking to sell naming rights for the facility.

http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/6020768-123/lsu-goes-on-building-spree

LSU is also looking to create or renovate a home for the sand volleyball team.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 21, 2013, 06:53:50 pm


LSU is also looking to create or renovate a home for the sand volleyball team.

Now that sends a statement to the rest of us.........LOL! 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2013, 11:06:17 pm
UGA Athletic Association approves $93M budget, including $1.25M for Sanford Stadium

Football ticket revenue is projected to be $19.7 million the next fiscal year, down from a projected $21.8 million.
 (http://dogbytesonline.com/uga-athletic-association-approves-93m-budget-including-1-25m-for-sanford-stadium-71695)

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The facility improvements approved included $1.25 million for Sanford Stadium for new flooring, ceiling fans, televisions and graphics, to the Champions Club, where the highest paying contributors sit on the north side club level.  The board approved adding two LED panel to provide closed captioning.

Another $300,000 will go to a design study for football practice field improvements that will result in replacing the two FieldTurf fields and the concrete block wall near the field following the 2013 season.

“It’s a hazard on young men on down and out runs,” McGarity said.
The Stegeman Coliseum athletic training room will be upgraded and courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex will be resurfaced.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2013, 09:24:21 am
Here are some new issues this SEC working group has already identified that must be improved in order to get fans back into the stadiums:

• WiFi: Cell phone service and WiFi are spotty at best in most large stadiums. Fixing it is going to cost a lot of money (about $2 million per stadium).

Georgia has cut back its student allotment for tickets from 18,000 to 16,000 per game. It has taken those 2,000 tickets and sold them to young alumni who can obtain them without a contribution.

"There once was a day when every single seat for every single game would be full," Foley said. "But those days are gone. If it's a big SEC game we don't have a problem. But if it's not a big game we are concerned."

"At Mississippi State we determined that 60 percent of our fans drive 90 miles or further to attend our games," said Larry Templeton, the former AD at Mississippi State who now serves as a consultant to the SEC. "Our fans are very loyal. But we can't just assume that they will always make that commitment. We have to give them something unique when they get into our stadiums."

Scott Stricklin, the current athletics director at Mississippi State, is the chairman of the group.

"Every industry that depends on people showing up for your events has to worry about this one," said Stricklin. "One of the biggest challenges we have to deal with is how good the product has become on TV. And we have to make the in-stadium experience as good or better than watching it at home on TV."

"What is the real attitude of our fan bases?" said Strickland. "We know about all these issues, but what are the real world solutions? Soft attendance is something we've been dealing with a few years. We have to get a handle on this now." [No update on the open trough.]

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/22311553/attendance-lags-put-sec-on-offense-looking-to-enhance-fan-experience

Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Nine of the 14 SEC schools saw a drop in  attendance last season.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2013, 10:32:55 am
Parrish Alford: Checking in from Raleigh.

I rode over with SpiritJeff, and it took us most of the daylight hours to reach Raleigh on Wednesday. After getting settled at the hotel we drove over to campus and took a look at the stadium.

When leaving the SEC I tend to set the bar low in terms of expectations for facilities. Seems that was a good approach for Doak Field which looks clean and modern from the outside but very small and missing fan amenities like a covered grandstand.

http://insideolemisssports.com/2013/05/30/checking-in-from-raleigh/

Alford drove from Oxford to cover Ole Miss in the NC State regional.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2013, 12:24:44 pm
Vandy finally asks fans to put price on football
School wants input for stadium changes (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130530/SPORTS0602/305300036/2082)

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Does premium seating appeal to you? If so, how much would you be willing to pay for a seat-back chair, loge seating, club-level access or even a suite?

Those questions and many more soon will be asked of Vanderbilt season-ticket holders, donors, alumni, local business owners and other Nashville-area residents as the university decides what improvements it can afford to make to the SEC’s smallest and perhaps least appealing stadium.

Once the highest paid AD in our nation and his team have the feedback they need, a potentially massive renovation plan will begin to form based on the projected revenue the endeavor will create. Hoping to capitalize on the football team’s recent success, renovations could include expansion that would push capacity from 40,550 to about 50,000.

“People are being asked to indicate what they would commit to,” Williams said...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2013, 01:17:42 pm
For years Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson had a strategy for giving recruits a tour of the clubhouse at Taylor Stadium.

“We didn’t show them,” he said.

Because there was no clubhouse.

amieson’s program is getting a 4,000-square foot clubhouse down the third-base line, complete with a plush locker room, training room, player lounge and coaches’ offices.

The oval-shaped locker room, modeled after the Cardinals’ and Nationals’ major-league clubhouses, will give Taylor Stadium the “wow factor” it’s been missing, Jamieson said.

Meanwhile, construction crews are busy. A fleet of cranes arrived Tuesday at Memorial Stadium to continue the biggest chunk of the $72 million project announced last summer. Crews are gutting the inside of the tower on the west side of the stadium to revamp suites and move the press area from the fifth to sixth floor.

The hill behind the north end zone is being movedcloser to the field, opening more space along the concourse. Both projects are expected to be complete by the start of the season.

The changes on the north side will temporarily reduce the stadium’s capacity from 71,004 to around 68,000, Hickman said. Mizzou does not plan to add bleachers on the field behind the north goalpost or on the north concourse as it has for big games in years past. (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/sec-money-brings-upgrades-to-mizzou/article_6371a1f1-a649-54cf-8176-3e51512ff71b.html)

MU also has plans in place for softball, golf and tennis.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2013, 10:05:39 am
A&M announced ticket pricing options for the $425 million renovation of Kyle Field that is expected to be completed in 2015.

Seating options begin at $25 annual contribution to A&M’s 12th Man Foundation plus the cost of ticket price for each seat purchased. These seats will be in the new South endzone.

“With recent graduate and family-friendly pricing, the 600-level South Bench is an area that all fans can enjoy. The South Bench seats have five inches of additional leg room than the existing bench seats in the north.”

The most luxurious seats by pricing outside of the suites in the stadium will be found on the West side of the stadium with fans paying $4,000 annually for seats near the 50-yard line.

Beginning August 6 priority member (sic) of the 12th Man Foundation will have acces (sic) to securing their seats beginning in 2015.

A&M has allowed people from various incomes to have a chance at tickets in the new stadium that will (sic) the largest in the state.

http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/texas-am-announces-ticket-pricing-for-renovated-kyle-field.html

A weather protection canopy will help shelter the most expensive seats.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on June 05, 2013, 05:38:03 pm
A&M announced ticket pricing options for the $425 million renovation of Kyle Field that is expected to be completed in 2015.

Seating options begin at $25 annual contribution to A&M’s 12th Man Foundation plus the cost of ticket price for each seat purchased. These seats will be in the new South endzone.

“With recent graduate and family-friendly pricing, the 600-level South Bench is an area that all fans can enjoy. The South Bench seats have five inches of additional leg room than the existing bench seats in the north.”

The most luxurious seats by pricing outside of the suites in the stadium will be found on the West side of the stadium with fans paying $4,000 annually for seats near the 50-yard line.

Beginning August 6 priority member (sic) of the 12th Man Foundation will have acces (sic) to securing their seats beginning in 2015.

A&M has allowed people from various incomes to have a chance at tickets in the new stadium that will (sic) the largest in the state.

http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/texas-am-announces-ticket-pricing-for-renovated-kyle-field.html

A weather protection canopy will help shelter the most expensive seats.
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So let the little guys get rained on..........................
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2013, 08:02:41 pm
From Tiger to Vandy, Athlon ranks the stadiums in the SEC (http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-secs-college-football-stadiums)

The only SEC stadium built after WWII comes in at number 13.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on June 12, 2013, 12:53:36 pm
From Tiger to Vandy, Athlon ranks the stadiums in the SEC (http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-secs-college-football-stadiums)

The only SEC stadium built after WWII comes in at number 13.

I didn't know that RRS was NORTH of the Ozarks? Good grief can't people at Athlon read a map.

Depending on what critieria you weigh RRS is better than 7th.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Root66 on June 12, 2013, 01:27:50 pm
I didn't know that RRS was NORTH of the Ozarks? Good grief can't people at Athlon read a map.

Depending on what critieria you weigh RRS is better than 7th.

You just go down to the first red light and hang a right. Drive until you see a red Harley in the ditch and it's only another 12 miles until you get to the Ozarks.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on June 12, 2013, 02:34:44 pm
You just go down to the first red light and hang a right. Drive until you see a red Harley in the ditch and it's only another 12 miles until you get to the Ozarks.

The Harley isn't there anymore -- HawgAlude bought it and now holds worship services in front of it every day....
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on June 13, 2013, 05:43:19 am
You just go down to the first red light and hang a right. Drive until you see a red Harley in the ditch and it's only another 12 miles until you get to the Ozarks.

I wonder if Athlon thinks USCw is south of the Pacific ocean?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Root66 on June 13, 2013, 12:44:53 pm
I wonder if Athlon thinks USCw is south of the Pacific ocean?

 :)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2013, 12:59:55 pm
In unveiling the 2013-14 projected athletic department budget, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said that the $50 million renovation to the O’Connell Center will begin next summer. The UF board of trustees has kicked in $10 million for the project, with the rest of the money being raised through private donations. “The center has served the university well,” Foley said. “But it is a 32-year-old building and needs to be renovated.” (http://brockway.blogs.gatorsports.com/12092/ogbueze-no-regrets-leaving-florida)

The prior gym, "Alligator Alley" was a hostile environment but the Gators lacked the steady stream of talent at the time.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 17, 2013, 09:41:34 pm
A waterfall in Alabama's locker room? Falling water among the upgrades coming soon (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/06/a_waterfall_in_alabamas_locker.html)

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There will be falling water in Alabama's upgraded locker rooms inside the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility, Purinton said. It will be coming from a system that can flow from a few feet above the hot and cold tubs, which are located near the showers on the new area's first floor.

These are the finishing touches on Alabama's $9 million project to renovate and update the epicenter of its football factory. The bulk of which went toward the team's new strength and conditioning center, which connects the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

Along with the "waterfall," Alabama's players will come back to new lockers, graphics, position meeting rooms and a theater-style meeting room -- located where the Crimson Tide previously pumped iron -- when they kick off camp in August.

DC5 @DavidCornwell5

That waterfall in Bama's locker room is about to be legit! C'mon who has a waterfall.. No one!
8:37 PM - 16 Jun 2013

David Cornwell is the Norman QB who gave a verbal to Bama over the weekend after gaining an opportunity to play his senior season following an eligibility controversy related to caring for his mother one season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 18, 2013, 06:20:19 am
Evidently the Waterfall just hooked a 5-Star QB.......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2013, 03:17:57 pm
A $1 million upgrade to Auburn's clubhouse at Plainsman Park begins this week.

The upgrades were made possible by Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, who donated the money to the program. The former Auburn star was also involved in the Tigers' search for a new coach, which resulted in the hiring of Oklahoma's Sunny Golloway on Friday.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/06/upgrades_at_auburns_plainsman.html

Hudson's wife is credited as well with the gift.  Didn't know about Hudson's help to land Golloway until I saw this article.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2013, 07:41:14 am
CampbellKyle Kyle Campbell 16h
Brick wall construction coming along on sidelines of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. #forwardtogether pic.twitter.com/oVSJUftn2i

https://twitter.com/CampbellKyle/status/349270226472427520/photo/1
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2013, 04:35:17 am
Auburn is trying to open up its long history of tailgate culture again.

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs unveiled a plan to create 2,000 more free parking spaces in and around the campus close to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Friday... (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/06/auburn_unveils_new_parking_and.html)

(http://media.al.com/auburnfootball_impact/photo/13013411.jpg)

(http://media.al.com/auburnfootball_impact/photo/13013450.jpg)

Video tour (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/06/take_a_tour_of_auburns_new_par.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2013, 08:08:12 am
Tennessee finally revealed an artist’s rendering of a proposed Pat Summitt Plaza, which will welcome visitors to Thompson-Boling Arena, potentially as soon as this fall. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/29/ut-releases-design-for-pat-summitt-plaza)

(http://nbccollegebasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/patsummittplaza.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2013, 12:02:17 pm
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/New_Rupp-500x323.jpeg)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Screen-shot-2013-07-01-at-10.24.05-AM-500x463.png)

Lexington Center Corporation is taking a survey for Rupp Arena renovation plans including funding.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2013, 01:27:03 pm
http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208542560&DB_OEM_ID=6100

@ArkRazorbacks: Here is a look at the @RazorbackMBB and @RazorbackWBB future practice facility #NeverYield (Pic Below)

@ArkRazorbacks: Basketball practice facility will feature 2 full-court gyms, men's/women's locker rooms, weight room and total 66K sq. ft #NeverYield

@ArkRazorbacks: Basketball practice facility will be south of Leroy Pond Road, between Bogle Park and the Gardens, across from Bud Walton Arena #NeverYield

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOGaBw6CQAANKOI.jpg)

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2013, 09:05:42 am
KSR Battle of the Locker Rooms: Bama football v. UK basketball (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=135980)


(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/whichwouldyourather.jpg)

LIGHTING
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/3-300x300.jpg)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/mbball_lockerroom_1-8-13_12_cw.jpg)

GRAPHICS
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/4-297x300.jpg)
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/mbball_lockerroom_1-8-13_01_cw-300x200.jpg)

MURAL WALL
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/alabama1-500x374.jpg)
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/img_0238-500x333.jpg)

LOCKERS
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Untitled-2-500x272.jpg)

FLOOR
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2-500x375.jpg)
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/s120327_26finished-pg-horizontal-500x332.jpg)

Only Bama has the waterfall.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2013, 06:51:26 am
Jerry Tipton: For Jeanette Hislope, a proposed renovation of Rupp Arena that includes private suites, loge boxes and a members-only lounge is a desecration. It tears apart the Kentucky basketball family.

So to read last week about a survey asking fans if they'd buy suites, exclusive club memberships and other amenities to help pay for a re-invention of Rupp Arena disturbed Hislope's sense of right and wrong.

"I sat here and cried," she said in a telephone conversation Friday. (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/06/2705939/uk-basketball-notebook-renovated.html)

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"It's like we're all in this together and we're all one big family," she said. "That's what I like. To me, it's all about being part of that crowd, and somebody you don't know yelling in your ear and high-fiving you when we make a three-pointer."

The proposed renovation of Rupp Arena brings home what Harvard profession Michael Sandel calls the "skyboxification of American life." People go their separate ways depending on what they can afford: Different schools, different jobs, different lives.

"Everybody is together, whether you're sitting in the nose-bleed section or down near the floor," she said. "It's all Big Blue Nation.

"I love Rupp because it's where a multi-millionaire can sit next to somebody who just got lucky and was able to scarf a ticket."

Those supporting a sweeping renovation of Rupp Arena are not unfeeling capitalists. They're simply looking for any and all ways to pay for a massive project to reinvent downtown Lexington during difficult economic times. Not to mention the awkward situation of UK President Eli Capilouto looking to fund an upgrade of campus buildings at exactly the same time.

Suites, loge boxes, lounges and other private clubs in a new Rupp Arena would help fund the renovation.

Bill Rhoda, the president of Conventions, Sports & Leisure International (one of the firms helping local government determine how to pay for the project), noted how prevalent suites, boxes and such luxuries are today. By one count, there are about 600 private suites within a 100-mile radius of Lexington. That includes Commonwealth Stadium, Keeneland Race Course, Churchill Downs and sporting venues in Louisville and Cincinnati.

On a more practical level, it might make unnecessary an increase in the sales tax, which was one of the ideas floated in the fan survey.

It is also a way to get blue bloods sitting on their hands or socializing during the game away from the floor.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2013, 08:30:49 pm
Davis Wade Stadium hosts its first game of the year against Alcorn State on Sept. 7, everything is still on schedule.

The entire renovation won’t be complete until the the first home game of the 2014 season against Southern Miss on Aug. 31.

But for the 2013 season, there is already plenty of new additions fans will experience. New luxury boxes, a unique area by the field in which fans can tailgate before and after games, as well as view the game if they’d like and an overall face-lift will be on display.
 (http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2013/07/09/storylines-heading-into-sec-media-day-davis-wade-stadium)

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When the approximate $75 million renovation is officially done, here are some of the other amenities fans and others will enjoy:
– More than 6,000 more seats. The capacity will grow from 55,082 to 61,337. Premium seating will increase by 1,739 and the Scoreboard Club by 1,155. There will be 236 loge boxes, 22 suites with a capacity of 288 and 60 field-level suites.
–The current total of five elevators will more than double to 12.
– The number of restrooms will also more than double to 621.
– The number of permanent concession will grow to 156, from 110.

(http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/files/2013/07/20130708_144248_resized-1.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2013, 10:19:42 am
Rupp Arena, which has served since 1976 as the home of University of Kentucky basketball, will be getting a major facelift. Luxury suites, a private club and lounge, and loge boxes will be added in the re-invention. Initial conceptual rendering of the project (via link).

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/10/2709940/architectural-firm-construction.html

How to pay for the "re-invention" has not been finalized.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2013, 01:42:18 pm
Amateur video of Bama's "Waterfall Room" (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/07/alabamas_new_waterfall_room_re.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2013, 06:26:37 pm
Fred Smith Football Center Update (http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208478061&DB_OEM_ID=6100)

Robbie Neiswanger ‏@NWARobbie 17 Jul
Bielema said Arkansas will move into new football operations center Monday.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2013, 04:02:06 pm
When the naming rights idea for Rupp Arena took root recently, a Lexington company floated an idea on its website. How does "Big Ass Fans Rupp Arena" strike you?

The company's CEO (or as he's known colloquially, Chief Big Ass) Carey Smith sounded a tad defensive about the name of his company, which manufactures fans for industry that range in size from 60 inches to 24 feet. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with our name," he said last week. "I mean, everybody loves it. Everybody would love to see it on the side of a big building." (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/20/2723963/uk-basketball-notebook-herky-rupp.html)

Adolph's son Herky was quoted as being opposed to any corporate name combined with his father's to rename the arena.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 27, 2013, 09:59:19 am
Partridge: “I was taken aback a little bit by how emotional they were. You kind of forget what these kids have been through for the last 18 months. And when they walked in there, it was almost like the final piece of, ‘OK, we’ve moved forward. We’ve stepped into another timeframe.’ There was some relief. There were some kids that got choked up. … The facilities are off the charts, but there was another kind of symbolic, we’re finally moving on feeling in that room.”

http:// [[[Stop spamming your site, Eric.]]] .com/sections/razorbacks/notes-unveiling-facility-symbolic-razorbacks.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2013, 12:15:18 pm
A&M will finally auction athletics facility items

Later in August, A&M will auction four “Texas A&M” branded sections of the wood playing court and will sell pieces of the G. Rollie White Coliseum brick exterior. The court and brick availability will be subject to a successful salvage by the demolition contractor.

A&M also will auction items from other facilities in the near future as the school embarks on the redevelopment of Kyle Field and completes the lobby expansion at the Bright Complex.

http://www.aggiesports.com/football/article_09b509e4-f745-11e2-988f-001a4bcf887a.html

No word on whether Johnathon Football brand items will be placed on the block.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: TSWRAHOG87 on July 31, 2013, 03:53:03 pm
And I thought ours was state of the art, must be nice having Nike as your booster...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/ncaaf-video/20130731/oregon-athletic-facility-football-college.sportsillustrated/?sct=hp_t11_a3&eref=sihp
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ADavisTheGOAT on July 31, 2013, 03:58:04 pm
Ours is crap compared to their new facility imo.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Uncommon on July 31, 2013, 04:01:25 pm
Ours is crap compared to their new facility imo.
The main thing that makes their facility better is those high ceilings.  Recruits love high ceilings.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sportster365 on July 31, 2013, 04:02:06 pm
Wow, that's impressive. Awesome facilities, awesome unis this has got to score them some major recruits. All thats missing now is a proven HC. Not sure if Helfrich can get it done there.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sportster365 on July 31, 2013, 04:03:42 pm
I almost wanted to watch that video twice.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on July 31, 2013, 04:05:15 pm
Ours is crap compared to their new facility imo.

crap?...c'mon man.

$40 million vs. $68 million.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: McKdaddy on July 31, 2013, 04:07:06 pm
Ours isn't crap compared to UO's facility, but is certainly underwhelming.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: clutch on July 31, 2013, 04:09:21 pm
The bad thing is their previous facilities were still some of the nicest in the country. Going to be hard to keep up with them if they are upgrading every 4-5 years.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on July 31, 2013, 04:14:57 pm
Phil Knight has another "playhouse". It may be bigger than their football stadium, which seats 54,000.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on July 31, 2013, 04:16:00 pm
The main thing that makes their facility better is those high ceilings.  Recruits love high ceilings.

Not to mention "anthracite" colored ones.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Amityvillehogger on July 31, 2013, 04:17:28 pm
Easy to do when you have the head of Nike cut you a blank check.

I'd really like to see a video of our facility. Showcase the thing room to room and show all the in's and outs.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on July 31, 2013, 04:25:06 pm
They have plenty of room to show off all of their national championship trophies that they've won. Oh....never mind.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hogsfan31 on July 31, 2013, 04:33:17 pm
ehhh...it looks like a spaceship
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on July 31, 2013, 04:41:57 pm
I can't say ours is underwhelming, 'cause I've only seen a few pictures.  But it may be important to note that this was something BP wanted right away.  Could it be that there was a choice made to build a $40M facility ASAP as opposed to waiting a few more years to raise more money in order to build a $60M-$75M facility?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: titanhawg on July 31, 2013, 04:42:54 pm
State of the art.

The issue with ours is that it appears they went half-way.  It's almost as if someone said, "we want our new facility to look really nice, but let's not be too flashy.  We want to look humble."

I'd much rather go the flashy route when it comes to something like this.  Heck...even Bama has a huge video gaming room in their FOC for their players.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on July 31, 2013, 05:00:17 pm
I can't say ours is underwhelming, 'cause I've only seen a few pictures.  But it may be important to note that this was something BP wanted right away.  Could it be that there was a choice made to build a $40M facility ASAP as opposed to waiting a few more years to raise more money in order to build a $60M-$75M facility?
I believe there are significant "expandability" options and add-ons that will continue to enhance the complex.....to be incorporated as add'l $$ come in. They've been thought-thru so as to not look like disconnected, tacked-on appendages.

My understanding is that it was a HIGH priority to get the most critical features and a solidly attractive starting point done by summer 2013.

Plus, how often do we go head-to-head with Oregon for recruits? Seems to me USC and Stanford should be more worried about that. We just have to be better than or at least very close to our SEC brethren, plus OU, Texas, etc
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: McKdaddy on July 31, 2013, 05:00:49 pm
Could it be that there was a choice made to build a $40M facility ASAP as opposed to waiting a few more years to raise more money in order to build a $60M-$75M facility?

Very possible, Zep.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RazorBassin on July 31, 2013, 05:09:21 pm
Very impressive, wish ours had some of the details that their facility has.  Hopefully over time we add more detail/technology to the facility.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: pantload on July 31, 2013, 05:14:09 pm
I don't like it.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: MissippHog on July 31, 2013, 05:16:39 pm
It's nice but it's not located in Fayetteville.  That's all that matters to me.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RazorPiggie on July 31, 2013, 05:22:18 pm
Its nice but I'll wait until they do a video like that with ours before I will call ours crap (which I highly doubt it is). I bet the majority of us have only seen the pics they have put out there which probably only covers about a 1/3 of the complex.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Steef on July 31, 2013, 05:28:15 pm
It's nice but it's not located in Fayetteville.  That's all that matters to me.

It's not NWA.
And...it's Oregon.
And...it's not SEC.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hogs25 on July 31, 2013, 05:28:21 pm
Looks like the Clinton library.  I like ours.  It would've really been a downer had we not done nothing.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on July 31, 2013, 05:29:17 pm
It's nice but it's not located in Fayetteville.  That's all that matters to me.

I would like to invite you to post as often as your fingers can reach the keyboard.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pickwick Hog on July 31, 2013, 06:07:04 pm
Meh. Theirs will be covered in moss within a week.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: termite on July 31, 2013, 06:36:19 pm
It's not NWA.
And...it's Oregon.
And...it's not SEC.+++1
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: longtimeHogfan on July 31, 2013, 07:22:17 pm
All thats missing now is a proven HC.

Well, that and the SEC. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogFoo on July 31, 2013, 07:40:33 pm
I believe there are significant "expandability" options and add-ons that will continue to enhance the complex.....to be incorporated as add'l $$ come in. They've been thought-thru so as to not look like disconnected, tacked-on appendages.

My understanding is that it was a HIGH priority to get the most critical features and a solidly attractive starting point done by summer 2013.

Plus, how often do we go head-to-head with Oregon for recruits? Seems to me USC and Stanford should be more worried about that. We just have to be better than or at least very close to our SEC brethren, plus OU, Texas, etc
I agree with everything you said. 

For a place like Oregon they have to have over the top specialty type things. afterall they are Oregon.  they have plenty of room in their trophy case for all the NC's they've won over the years. 

As you said, hogs facilities have plenty of room for expansion and I can guarantee you that the hogs will keep up with anyone once more funds come in from our new tv deals.  The main thing was that the hogs HAD to have something right now.  It wasn't overly done right now for the sole purpose of just getting it done.  I can see many many more improvements to come in the future. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pigsknuckles on July 31, 2013, 08:07:13 pm
I approve of these facilities.
(http://cp91278.aetv.com/AE_Duck-Dynasty_Si-Co_SF_HD_360x203-16x9.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Bret Squealema on July 31, 2013, 08:33:25 pm
The recruits that were in recently said our new facility was the best they had seen.  Oregon's is really nice but ours is nothing to sneeze at.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: PygmalionEffect on July 31, 2013, 08:42:02 pm
I have to admit, that at a glance it appears that their interior design gay guys might be a little bit better than our interior design gay guys.


Or even worse, our interior design guys might not even be gay.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hoghearted on July 31, 2013, 09:08:33 pm
Easy to do when you have the head of Nike cut you a blank check.

I'd really like to see a video of our facility. Showcase the thing room to room and show all the in's and outs.

Wish our PR people were a bit more on the ball about this kind of stuff. From Dmac's Heisman campaign, to this, seems like they are always a step behind.  :-\
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: acua on July 31, 2013, 09:21:11 pm
Structurally there are some interesting things but design is the most impressive thing.  We are all about beige, cardinal and that's it.  Very business-like.  UOs stadium is cool, different imaginative.  Seen it in person and everything from the enterance to the overall shape are cool. We are more concerned with big.  I think our stadium is nice enough but visually boring.  Too much beige stucco.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LRHawg on July 31, 2013, 09:32:06 pm
I have to admit, that at a glance it appears that their interior design gay guys might be a little bit better than our interior design gay guys.


Or even worse, our interior design guys might not even be gay.

LOL. Now my wife is wondering why i'm laughing hysterically at my laptop.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pathogen on July 31, 2013, 09:52:04 pm
The main thing that makes their facility better is those high ceilings. 

Correct.  Nevermind the fact that all photos from our facilities seem to show the ceiling to be 2-2.5 times taller than 6'+ tall players and coaches, making the ceilings 12-16' tall.  Stupid short ceilings.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pathogen on July 31, 2013, 09:55:29 pm
The issue with ours is that it appears they went half-way.  It's almost as if someone said, "we want our new facility to look really nice, but let's not be too flashy.  We want to look humble."

Seriously??  Ours isn't even done yet. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: PorkSoda on July 31, 2013, 09:58:29 pm
ugly as hell, just like their uniforms.  throwing money at something doesn't make it nice.  it just makes it expensive
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RollHogTide on July 31, 2013, 10:01:51 pm
I think it is probably an outstanding facility, but I wish they would have spent more time showing the building, rooms, and what it does for the players instead of the folks telling us how great it is.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Boot_stops_here on July 31, 2013, 10:20:04 pm
screw Oregon
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: #1Hogfan on July 31, 2013, 10:48:56 pm
screw Oregon

This.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on July 31, 2013, 10:53:09 pm
I am a filmmaker who makes videos like this Oregon one often and it absolutely dumbfounds me that the UA has not released a promo film similar. (Yes, I have petitioned them to hire me to make one and I get crickets)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on July 31, 2013, 11:29:07 pm
I am a filmmaker who makes videos like this Oregon one often and it absolutely dumbfounds me that the UA has not released a promo film similar. (Yes, I have petitioned them to hire me to make one and I get crickets)

Maybe you should don a hard hat and a tool belt and go undercover.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: redeye on July 31, 2013, 11:44:10 pm
That's Oregon and we're Arkansas. I don't know whose is better, but I'd have been surprised if they didn't try to make a fashion statement with theirs, while I'd have been surprised if we had with ours. It may boil down to money, but I'm sure culture also plays a part.

Btw, Oregon doesn't have uniforms, because they have an entire wardrobe. I laugh each time I hear someone compliment Oregon's uniforms, because I don't know which of their 10,000 uniforms they're referring to. I can tell you what Oregon's uniforms used to look like, but I have no idea today, because they change every game. Similar to how I can tell you what my pizza driver's uniform looks like, but I'd struggle to describe my accountant's.

Also, whoever said that we don't recruit against Oregon is wrong, although we don't seem to be doing it as much, lately. Then again, maybe I'm wrong, because while we used to win most recruiting battles with Oregon, we seem to lose them nowadays. I guess players want to play for a wardrobe over a uniform.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sir-pigs-a-lot on July 31, 2013, 11:58:12 pm
Wish our PR people were a bit more on the ball about this kind of stuff. From Dmac's Heisman campaign, to this, seems like they are always a step behind.  :-\

Aysm? Have you seen the new media push? We are light years ahead of where we were when dmac was here. Our recruits continue to lavish praise on our media efforts. Recruits continue to tweet YouTube videos . Just because they haven't put together a sit down with the design team , because , oh it was just completed and they are focusing the media projects toward recruiting, does not mean a darn thing in regards to media. I'm pleased with the upgrades the university has made.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on August 01, 2013, 12:05:04 am
Aysm? Have you seen the new media push? We are light years ahead of where we were when dmac was here. Our recruits continue to lavish praise on our media efforts. Recruits continue to tweet YouTube videos . Just because they haven't put together a sit down with the design team , because , oh it was just completed and they are focusing the media projects toward recruiting, does not mean a darn thing in regards to media. I'm pleased with the upgrades the university has made.

I see his point though.  Remember the big Heisman hoopla before Cobb's sophomore year?  Compared to that, Dmac was pretty much under the radar 'til the Tennessee game.

But you are correct...it is a new regime and a new age.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sir-pigs-a-lot on August 01, 2013, 12:08:59 am
I see his point though.  Remember the big Heisman hoopla before Cobb's sophomore year?  Compared to that, Dmac was pretty under the radar 'til the Tennessee game.

But you are correct...it is a new regime and a new age.

His point was we are as behind now as we were when dmac was here and that's simply not accurate. But it is an accurate assessment that the university did McFadden no favors and that's upsetting to me because he was the best college football player that year and a good campaign may have pushed him to the top. We will never know. But again, I'm pleased with the upgrades.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hawaiianhogster on August 01, 2013, 12:16:47 am
That is too much for college. If you got the money spend it but I don't see allot of NC trophies hanging around. I think you can create a nice atmosphere that kids will love to hang out in without going overboard. That is overboard and unnecessary. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on August 01, 2013, 12:17:23 am
His point was we are as behind now as we were when dmac was here and that's simply not accurate. But it is an accurate assessment that the university did McFadden no favors and that's upsetting to me because he was the best college football player that year and a good campaign may have pushed him to the top. We will never know. But again, I'm pleased with the upgrades.

Yeah, I missed the "to this" part of his quote.  I still wonder what happened (or didn't happen) in '06 with all that. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on August 01, 2013, 12:33:55 am
That is too much for college. If you got the money spend it but I don't see allot of NC trophies hanging around. I think you can create a nice atmosphere that kids will love to hang out in without going overboard. That is overboard and unnecessary. 

Probably 90% of the time any national media outlet mentions the University of Oregon, it's because of their football team...the same goes for the UofA, for that matter.  Besides, you don't begrudge a rich man buying his wife a Mercedes SUV when a Toyota will get his kids back and forth to school just as easily, do you?  Or do you?

Fwiw, ESPN spent several minutes talking about their building tonite (SportsCenter, ATH, PTI) - but didn't mention a word about ours.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: redeye on August 01, 2013, 12:41:03 am
That is too much for college. If you got the money spend it but I don't see allot of NC trophies hanging around. I think you can create a nice atmosphere that kids will love to hang out in without going overboard. That is overboard and unnecessary.

I imagine it's too much for professionals, as well. Looks more like a wealthy private school that no one even knows has a football team.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WorfHog on August 01, 2013, 02:26:55 am
It certainly has a flashy interior design, but the nuts and bolts our very comparable.  The thing about Oregon is they have to constantly be redefining their image to attract recruits.  Even their sucess under Kelly didn't really change that.


It'll look extremely tacky in five years without constant renovations. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on August 01, 2013, 04:49:01 am
Maybe you should don a hard hat and a tool belt and go undercover.
This would fit right in with the gay guy approach that Oregon used.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on August 01, 2013, 06:24:31 am

Fwiw, ESPN spent several minutes talking about their building tonite (SportsCenter, ATH, PTI) - but didn't mention a word about ours.

Phil Knight and "The Swoosh" spend quite a bit of money advertising on ESPN.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hog N Bama on August 01, 2013, 06:51:46 am
Just confirms again Oregon is all about flash, and fashion. With Chip K gone it really won't matter anyway. We will all see the beginning of "what was" Oregon starting with this season.
I am very proud of what I have seen of our new facility and so are the players. It was designed to achieve a goal... a championship team, not a fashion magazine cover.  :razorback: :razorback: :razorback:
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RazorPiggie on August 01, 2013, 07:45:06 am
Wish our PR people were a bit more on the ball about this kind of stuff. From Dmac's Heisman campaign, to this, seems like they are always a step behind.  :-\

Can we finish ours before we make a video?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 01, 2013, 08:08:11 am
When the naming rights idea for Rupp Arena took root recently, a Lexington company floated an idea on its website. How does "Big Ass Fans Rupp Arena" strike you?

The company's CEO (or as he's known colloquially, Chief Big Ass) Carey Smith sounded a tad defensive about the name of his company, which manufactures fans for industry that range in size from 60 inches to 24 feet. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with our name," he said last week. "I mean, everybody loves it. Everybody would love to see it on the side of a big building." (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/20/2723963/uk-basketball-notebook-herky-rupp.html)

Adolph's son Herky was quoted as being opposed to any corporate name combined with his father's to rename the arena.

Haha that's funny! Those are some really good fans! I don't mean the UK people. I mean the actual fans the company makes.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on August 01, 2013, 08:42:45 am
Phil Knight and "The Swoosh" spend quite a bit of money advertising on ESPN.
+1.
Follow the money.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sportster365 on August 01, 2013, 09:50:25 am
Just confirms again Oregon is all about flash, and fashion. With Chip K gone it really won't matter anyway. We will all see the beginning of "what was" Oregon starting with this season.

With the money they're throwing around, if some how Helfrich doesn't measure up, it won't be hard to get a high profile coach to take that job. It's obvious their University is more than willing to invest in the program. Chip Kelly has already proved you can win games there. The facilities and the Nike uniforms would be an easy selling points for any coach.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pig in the Pokey on August 01, 2013, 10:17:07 am
I have to admit, that at a glance it appears that their interior design gay guys might be a little bit better than our interior design gay guys.


Or even worse, our interior design guys might not even be gay.
That's unacceptable. NEVER use straight guys to decorate!!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLine™ on August 01, 2013, 10:26:15 am
I have to admit, that at a glance it appears that their interior design gay guys might be a little bit better than our interior design gay guys.


Or even worse, our interior design guys might not even be gay.



Yep.... +1
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLine™ on August 01, 2013, 10:31:56 am
This would fit right in with the gay guy approach that Oregon used.

(http://www.worldofkitsch.com/music/images/villagepeople004.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: James Hawgfield on August 01, 2013, 11:27:41 am
I have to admit, that at a glance it appears that their interior design gay guys might be a little bit better than our interior design gay guys.


Or even worse, our interior design guys might not even be gay.

Ok that's got to be the best one I've seen in a LONG time.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: James Hawgfield on August 01, 2013, 11:32:22 am
With the money they're throwing around, if some how Helfrich doesn't measure up, it won't be hard to get a high profile coach to take that job. It's obvious their University is more than willing to invest in the program. Chip Kelly has already proved you can win games there. The facilities and the Nike uniforms would be an easy selling points for any coach.

Well those are actually necessary for Oregon. Ever look at how much rain that place gets a year? Not exactly a great place to attract talent to.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: imtad16 on August 01, 2013, 12:14:32 pm
It certainly has a flashy interior design, but the nuts and bolts our very comparable.  The thing about Oregon is they have to constantly be redefining their image to attract recruits.  Even their sucess under Kelly didn't really change that.


It'll look extremely tacky in five years without constant renovations. 


Great point
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: imtad16 on August 01, 2013, 12:27:26 pm
It certainly has a flashy interior design, but the nuts and bolts our very comparable.  The thing about Oregon is they have to constantly be redefining their image to attract recruits.  Even their sucess under Kelly didn't really change that.


It'll look extremely tacky in five years without constant renovations. 



This reminds me of the once modern looking campus building built in the 70's that most university's have that are now eye sores. It looks good during a time when they were trendy but out of their era people joke about them.

Fancy edgy uniforms are much easier to change with the trends, buildings, not so much.

I will say though their FOC does look cool.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: hoglady on August 01, 2013, 12:46:23 pm
All I know is the recruits seem to be loving our new facility.
The coaches seem to be loving it, too.
That's all that matters.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Razorback de Nosferatu on August 01, 2013, 01:34:21 pm
What I saw there was a fairly generic video filled with a bunch of vague and generic comments placed over images of dimly-lit, well-designed rooms full of glass and leather furniture.

No doubt it's a nice facility, but it's par for the course with Oregon.  It doesn't make me envious; from what I've seen and heard about our new building, we're doing just fine.

What's with the people saying this makes ours look like crap?  Are some of us that short-sighted?  I'm pretty sure we have leather sofas and ambient lighting in our facility too.  Is it the Oregon logo in the carpet?  Wait, we have a big Razorback on our floor....

Maybe we need Razorbacks on our elevator buttons or glass art dangling from the ceilings.  But what the heck, maybe we already have those...?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Mike Irwin on August 01, 2013, 02:06:18 pm
Tennessee's is the most impressive I've seen. Their new FOC is massive.

http://www.utsports.com/facilities/anderson_training_center.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pyrotechnician on August 01, 2013, 02:20:43 pm
Wow!  After seeing that, there really isn't any amount of money that Oregon won't spend to buy a championship!  They really are trying to buy a national championship!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jlhogfan on August 01, 2013, 03:29:20 pm
Wow!  After seeing that, there really isn't any amount of money that Oregon won't spend to buy a championship!  They really are trying to buy a national championship!


Everybody is
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sportster365 on August 01, 2013, 04:07:00 pm
Tennessee's is the most impressive I've seen. Their new FOC is massive.

http://www.utsports.com/facilities/anderson_training_center.html

Ah, thanks Mike. That $45m they spent looks alot more like ours than Oregon's does. But that seems to somewhat answer the mystery behind Tennessee impressive recruiting run so far.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: prairiehogcompanion on August 01, 2013, 05:00:18 pm
Don't care much for how Oregon managed to build its program under Chip Kelley, but let's be honest . . . that's the most impressive football operations center in America, hands down.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: luke hawg on August 01, 2013, 05:46:53 pm
Bobby Petrino built this facility for football. Every penny was spent on improving player development. If you are in our facility, you are improving your ability to play football not foosball. We are not going to out recruit Alabama. We need to recruit better and out work them to close the gap. I don't want our players going soft.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pickwick Hog on August 01, 2013, 05:56:53 pm
Arkansas isn't finished. There's another student-athlete building yet to be constructed that will serve the football players as well. I forget it's function.

Once the master plan is complete, Arkansas' athletic facilities, overall, will be the envy of every school in the country---period.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on August 01, 2013, 06:11:03 pm
Arkansas isn't finished. There's another student-athlete building yet to be constructed that will serve the football players as well. I forget it's function.

Once the master plan is complete, Arkansas' athletic facilities, overall, will be the envy of every school in the country---period.
Yes.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on August 01, 2013, 06:12:20 pm
Ours is crap compared to their new facility imo.
Strong, uninformed words much?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Cresthog on August 01, 2013, 06:53:07 pm
Don't care much for how Oregon managed to build its program under Chip Kelley, but let's be honest . . . that's the most impressive football operations center in America, hands down.

If you like dudes and "design".

Seriously they talk more about the fabric and paint than anything that means a crap.

Give the players a flat screen, couch, Xbox, weights, food. Done.

You really think a football player from south of the mason Dixie gives a rats ass if the colors match the jerseys?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on August 01, 2013, 08:05:34 pm
If you like dudes and "design".

Seriously they talk more about the fabric and paint than anything that means a crap.

Give the players a flat screen, couch, Xbox, weights, food. Done.

You really think a football player from south of the mason Dixie gives a rats ass if the colors match the jerseys?
I'm 100% sure that if Oregon (Nike) has $70MM+ for the facility, they have $50K laying around to edit multiple versions of "new facility" videos.

For this version, the audience was likely the Gay Architects & Designers YouTube Channel. I'm quite sure they have different versions for: recruits; recruits from state of Oregon, recruits into technology, recruits from backwoods states, recruits moms, recruits dads, benefactors, various fan club meetings, potential new football staff members, Nike boosters, Nike execs, current players, past players/alumni, various ESPN special documentaries/packages, etc, etc, etc
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawg Balling on August 01, 2013, 09:28:07 pm
I can't say ours is underwhelming, 'cause I've only seen a few pictures.  But it may be important to note that this was something BP wanted right away.  Could it be that there was a choice made to build a $40M facility ASAP as opposed to waiting a few more years to raise more money in order to build a $60M-$75M facility?

I'm hardly a Petrino apologist, but I don't fault him for wanting it ASAP, especially when our current facilities (e.g. locker room, training room, coaches offices) were horribly outdated. He was already a few years into his tenure here, and couldn't simply wait for funds to come available, as he'd likely only get the reap the rewards of the hypothetical $60+ million building for just a handful of seasons if it'd have been put on hold.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on August 02, 2013, 06:21:50 am
(http://www.worldofkitsch.com/music/images/villagepeople004.jpg)
Nice. +1
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Kevin on August 02, 2013, 06:35:35 am
Nothing is ever good enough for some of you guys.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: GoHogs1091 on August 02, 2013, 07:34:52 am
Not surprising that Oregon and Nike wasted a lot of money.

Just seeing how much money Nike pays out to Pro Golfers so that those Pros will use Nike golf equipment shows how Nike conducts their spending.

Nike golf equipment is frequently regarded as being not the best available golf equipment that an ordinary average golfer can buy.   
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2013, 07:46:25 pm
he Alabama football team’s rebuilt and expanded facilities opened for business when the players reported for camp Thursday. (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130802/SPORTS0401/308020023)

Quote
...A players lounge, called the Captain’s Lounge, was built. It features a kitchen with a nutritionist, a big-screen TV, a pool table, foosball tables, two big-screen video game consoles, an arcade with pinball, a hunting game and two motorcycle riding games.

The hydrotherapy room is the centerpiece. It’s a room with two pools 40 feet long, eight wide and three deep with waterfalls cascading into them.

“This is an area we are most proud of,” head football athletic trainer Jeff Allen said. “We have a big emphasis on recovery. To be successful in this league you have to practice hard every day. And this begins the recovery.”

One pool is a hot tub for players before practice to loosen up and one a cold tub afterward to begin the recovery process. It’s attached to the new locker rooms.

A crystal football theme...

(http://cmsimg.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DS&Date=20130802&Category=SPORTS0401&ArtNo=308020023&Ref=AR&MaxW=640&Border=0&Alabama-notebook-Crimson-Tide-expands-football-facilities)
PHOTO BY CLIFF KIRKPATRICK
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: North hog on August 02, 2013, 10:55:09 pm
Enjoy. http://www.sportspickle.com/2013/08/kansas-jayhawks-unveil-new-4000-football-facility-featuring-two-bowflex-machines (http://www.sportspickle.com/2013/08/kansas-jayhawks-unveil-new-4000-football-facility-featuring-two-bowflex-machines)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Vantage 8 dude on August 02, 2013, 11:06:39 pm
Enjoy. http://www.sportspickle.com/2013/08/kansas-jayhawks-unveil-new-4000-football-facility-featuring-two-bowflex-machines (http://www.sportspickle.com/2013/08/kansas-jayhawks-unveil-new-4000-football-facility-featuring-two-bowflex-machines)
To further finance the big expansion KU has entered into an agreement where by the Italian National Swim Team will use this awesome facility on alternate Tuesdays/Thursdays.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Torqued pork on August 02, 2013, 11:35:39 pm
Bowflex machines are the perfect compliment to the Teeter Hang Ups KU football has already splurged on.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sir-pigs-a-lot on August 03, 2013, 12:05:42 am
That's great. I love the pickle.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ZERO on August 03, 2013, 12:11:59 am
Does it have an Ab Roller or Ab Slide? If it doesn't at least have a rack of Shake Weights, then consider this a debacle.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: zane on August 03, 2013, 02:09:16 am
That's not just a Bowflex- that is a Bowflex Elite!!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Cartoon Man on August 03, 2013, 02:47:02 am
LOL.   Poor Jayhawks
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: moses_007 on August 03, 2013, 05:19:00 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?




Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: goodguytex on August 03, 2013, 06:01:55 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?
its from a website called ''the Pickle.'' Yeah, it's a joke.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Poker_hog on August 03, 2013, 06:04:03 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?

Yes, yes, and yes


Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: bxw21 on August 03, 2013, 06:07:46 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?





This made me laugh more than the article.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on August 03, 2013, 06:30:53 am
Yeah, kind of a gotcha moment.
This made me laugh more than the article.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: zane on August 03, 2013, 10:24:11 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?

El Oh El
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: beantownhog on August 03, 2013, 10:56:20 am
As a KU grad, I can assure you that our stadium cost more than $4000!  Memorial Stadium seats over 50,000, and it is frequently filled to capacity.  When we play Texas, Oklahoma, or OSU at home, for instance, they all bring at least that many fans to the game :P


I laugh because it hurts!  :'(
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on August 03, 2013, 10:58:44 am
Are there people in this thread actually taking this seriously?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: beantownhog on August 03, 2013, 11:01:12 am
Are there people in this thread actually taking this seriously?

Why would you not?  It is linked to a site called, The Sports Pickle!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: adave on August 03, 2013, 11:06:19 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?






goodlord
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogeye_Pierce on August 03, 2013, 11:10:16 am
Kinda reminds me of a sportswriter from the '80's who dubbed KU, Kansas State and Misery "The Bernuda Triangle of College Football"
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Jeff "hogfanintx" Anderson on August 03, 2013, 12:18:09 pm
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?







Lord
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: BPsTheMan on August 03, 2013, 12:34:36 pm
Isn't a pickle something that you eat?!!!

OMG I'm so confused!!!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WILL CLINTON on August 03, 2013, 02:03:03 pm
What's crazy, they Jayhawks won a BCS bowl just 6 years ago. Crazy how hard and far they fell so fast.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Tejano Jawg on August 03, 2013, 03:36:20 pm
What's crazy, they Jayhawks won a BCS bowl just 6 years ago. Crazy how hard and far they fell so fast.

Yeah, I can't imagine going through that.   :(
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Jimmy on August 03, 2013, 04:27:47 pm
Almost as awesome as that track the still exists around the KU football field. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: TMc on August 03, 2013, 04:45:21 pm
I finally clicked on the article not knowing what I was about to read... laughed til I started crying.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: DallasHogFan on August 03, 2013, 04:54:32 pm
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?





God Bless Hogville. I'm laughing at the people laughing at the guy that posted this.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogShanks on August 03, 2013, 04:57:57 pm
God Bless Hogville. I'm laughing at the people laughing at the guy that posted this.

A +1 if I could.

And I love the tag under your avatar.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Scrambled Hog on August 03, 2013, 05:03:13 pm
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?
(http://i.imgur.com/0sVRd.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Torqued pork on August 03, 2013, 05:59:27 pm
Just more proof we belong in the Big XII.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CallThemHawgs! on August 03, 2013, 06:04:39 pm
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?






And I thought lead was dense
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: bkjbearcat on August 03, 2013, 06:50:36 pm
As a KU grad, I can assure you that our stadium cost more than $4000!  Memorial Stadium seats over 50,000, and it is frequently filled to capacity.  When we play Texas, Oklahoma, or OSU at home, for instance, they all bring at least that many fans to the game :P


I laugh because it hurts!  :'(

Funny thing is...this isn't that far from the truth. Many conversations of KC sports talk radio over the years were the differences between the  Big 12 North facilities to the Souths.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: LZH on August 03, 2013, 06:56:27 pm
Almost as awesome as that track the still exists around the KU football field. 

Their 400M team is, like, super popular.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WILL CLINTON on August 03, 2013, 09:05:34 pm
Yeah, I can't imagine going through that.   :(

yeah, last year for us was quite a drop off, but these guys were 6-6 the year before they went to the Orange Bowl. That is a helluva roller coaster ride.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HogInFlorida on August 03, 2013, 10:28:17 pm
A bowflex? No wonder Weis' team is a "pile of crap"
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Razor6 on August 04, 2013, 12:25:07 am
The free weight system is incredible.

I look forward to the new ellipticals coming next month.

Next years boosters will be contributing 3 stationary bikes with iPod and built in 12" TV screens. 

27 three-speed cruiser bicycles were donated by the local Boys and Girls club.

Go Hawks!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: immahog on August 04, 2013, 06:38:54 am
shake weight lol
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: WorfHog on August 04, 2013, 07:19:38 am
A $4,000 football facility?  Is this a joke?  Didn't ours cost $40 million?

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2013, 08:38:40 am

Tony Farmer actually collapsed in the courtroom in this tightly edited segment interspersed with surveillance video of him beating down his ex-girlfriend.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mad hawg on August 04, 2013, 06:08:18 pm
Are there people in this thread actually taking this seriously?
There's always a couple lol
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2013, 01:46:03 pm
Moving the chains, dollar by dollar
Competing with SEC's financial muscle as big a challenge as winning on the field

"It's an arms race," said Stan Wilcox, who was introduced as Florida State's new athletic director Wednesday. "That's the reality of college athletics … and we can't allow other universities to continue to have an upper hand on us."

There's no direct correlation between spending and wins -- Tennessee and Auburn, a combined 8-16 last season, both outspent FSU, too -- but when those additional resources are allocated wisely, there are distinct advantages.

"The investment [most SEC teams] make in what they do, it's paid off. The proof's in the pudding," Jimbo said.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9543925/florida-state-seminoles-look-level-playing-field-sec-gridiron-their-checkbook
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Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2013, 06:27:46 pm
Jay Jacobs released a series of upgrades to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Monday afternoon including everything from concessions to the TVs on the concourse. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/08/auburn_announces_2013_upgrades.html)

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"We’ve really made an effort to listen to our fans and respond with changes that we think make our entire gameday experience among the very best in college football," Jacobs said in a release. "Our fans wanted more parking and tailgating opportunities, more choices at the concessions stand and better communication, so we are pleased to announce these improvements for the upcoming season."

Auburn's improvements include several small changes to the gameday experience.

Auburn has replaced its old TVs on the concourse with 97 flat-screen TVs.
Instead of the old, traditional tearaway tickets, Auburn's football tickets will now be run through a ticket scanner, the common method at most big events these days.[/li][/list]

A Domino's Pizza kitchen has been installed, and the pizza will be sold at every permanent concessions stand.
Five Momma Goldberg's Deli locations have been added to the stadium's concourse.
New items to the menus were added, including healthy options.
Digital menu boards, family pack combo options and a 100 percent guarantee on all food items sold in the stadium.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 14, 2013, 07:15:29 pm
Jay Jacobs released a series of upgrades to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Monday afternoon including everything from concessions to the TVs on the concourse. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/08/auburn_announces_2013_upgrades.html)

They added indoor plumbing during the last upgrade.........good for them!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2013, 08:26:50 am
Construction of the University of Arkansas' new Baseball and Track Indoor Training Facility is officially underway even as funding is still being raised for the project.

Approximately $1 million has been raised for the facility allowing construction to begin with potential completion of the project as early as the summer of 2014. (http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=6100&ATCLID=209167960)

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The baseball and track indoor training facility is located on the north side of the existing Randal Tyson Track Center. The facility will provide approximately 52,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space, including a practice infield, throwing area, batting areas and ancillary team spaces. It also would allow all indoor track and field meet throwing events to be held in the facility, including the weight throw which is currently contested inside Walker Pavilion. The baseball and track indoor training facility will serve more than 150 student-athletes annually.

The design team on the project is Witsell Evans Rasco from Little Rock and HKS out of Dallas.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2013, 01:55:24 pm
LSU's basketball court gets an offseason makeover (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2013/08/lsus_basketball_court_gets_an.html)

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Pete Maravich Assembly Center got an offseason makeover on the court, a new look that was unveiled on Thursday.

One of the most notable additions to the PMAC floor is a new Tiger head logo at midcourt under the returning primary LSU logo. Also, a two-tone stain design highlights the area inside the purple 3-point shooting arc.

Both baselines now feature the word "Tigers" in gold, while the sideline opposite the main camera positions and the two benches has the venue name in white.

(http://imgick.nola.com/home/nola-media/width620/img/lsu_impact/photo/13290723-mmmain.jpg)
LSU SI
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2013, 01:07:33 pm
Bama trustees finally approve $30 million baseball stadium overhaul

While the project is being touted as a renovation, due to plans to retain the existing site and basic structures, the $30 million project is expected to give the complex an entire face-lift.

Trustees said an alternate location was considered but it was decided the current location is ideal with it's close proximity to other athletics facilities like Coleman Coliseum and the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility.

According to the Board proposal, the current facility "does not meet current standards and training methods and does not have sufficient space to support equipment and other function need."

Alabama players will enjoy all new facilities, including a new locker room, weight room, bullpen and four new batting cages.

For fans, the new stadium will include seven new skyboxes, a student section, club lounges, new seating and a concourse with food kiosks and concessions.

http://blog.al.com/tuscaloosa/2013/09/university_of_alabama_set_to_b.html

In an earlier interview Bill Battle basically said it would take Bama from worst to first.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on September 19, 2013, 06:38:26 pm
Auburn #5???  they have sports other than football??

Equestrian...... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on September 19, 2013, 06:39:24 pm
Just wait til our stadium is expanded. Top 5 at least. If not top 3.

Behind who?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2013, 04:44:29 pm
This is a picture from the Aggies' newly remodeled Bright Athletic Center, displaying the various major individual awards won by football players.  We need one to display the following (or, replicas thereof):

1954 Outland Trophy (Bud Brooks)
1966 Outland Trophy (Loyd Phillips)
2006 Doak Walker Award (DMac)
2007 Doak Walker Award (DMac)
2007 Walter Camp Award (DMac)
2007 Rimington Award (Luigs)
2010 Mackey Award (DJ Williams)
2011 Johnny Rodgers Award (Joe Adams)

. . . in the FOC where every recruit can see them on their official visits.




(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BU8nmkcCcAAp7Z_.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2013, 02:04:10 pm
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/BVsj5jwCEAAoF9s-500x666.jpg)
Lexington is looking to remodel Rupp Arena to suit a younger, yet taller fan base.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2013, 01:20:18 pm
College Board approves plan for new Ole Miss basketball arena; expected to cost $100 million

 The Ole Miss Athletic Foundation plans to borrow almost $80 million to build a basketball arena and parking garage that could cost up to $100 million.

The College Board, meeting Thursday at Jackson State University, approved plans for the University of Mississippi to lease 8.3 acres on the west side of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to the foundation.

The 9,500-seat arena is scheduled to be completed by January 2016 and would replace the 9,061-seat Tad Smith Coliseum, built in 1967. Ole Miss says the current arena is outmoded and worn out.

But first would come an 820-space parking garage, costing up to $15 million...

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2013/10/college_board_approves_plan_fo.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2013, 10:36:28 pm
Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge 9h
#Vandy holding a Tuesday press conference to announce opening of $31 million multipurpose facility, indoor football practice field
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2013, 06:19:31 am
...  Coach Broyles built a program but he focused more on fan friendly facilities and lessor facilities for the players.  The model played well in the 70s up to the mid 90s when the rush began to have more and more player friendly facilities.  As long as Coach Broyles felt we were a ninth value team in the SEC, we kept falling farther behind. 

Now we are attempting to upgrade both player friendly facilities and spend more money on recruiting.  All that you say about the past is true.  I hope that our choice to run a more SEC style program will provide results. 

We shall see.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2013, 08:24:39 pm
Mike Waddell ‏@mikewaddellUA 50m
More of the new Bud Walton Arena decor celebrating the @SInow covers and Final Four trips, so far @RazorbackMBB #WPS pic.twitter.com/dAA8pgdnZ1

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYgyu9UCEAAMZ5I.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2013, 10:38:25 am
Razorback fans are cordially invited to an open house at the Fred W. Smith Football Center on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Razorback Foundation members can get an advance preview of the building beginning at 10 a.m. (http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=6100&ATCLID=209301675)

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The new $40 million home of Razorback Football was completed in August and is located south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The event is free of charge and open to the public for a self-guided tour. Fans can pre-register for the open house online via the ticket link at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. After clicking on the ticket link, fans should select Buy Tickets (Please note, no charge will be applied) and then select the Fred W. Smith Football Center Open House to gain access to the free "Print at Home" tickets.

Fans who pre-register will still be required to report to the Walker Pavilion, but will be able to proceed directly to the tour. Walk ups are permitted, but will be required to complete the registration process before taking part in the tour.

Please note, all fans attending the open house should first report to the Walker Pavilion for registration prior to the tour.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2013, 02:00:24 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 16h
Goalpost coming down at Kyle Field as the renovation begins tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/3i85wNK5pO

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYrasHLCQAE4K2n.jpg)


Nick McKenna@aggiefieldguy
The grass is completely gone and excavation has begun. pic.twitter.com/tao2WTicwC

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYvL-baCcAA9RGN.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on November 11, 2013, 04:23:05 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 16h
Goalpost coming down at Kyle Field as the renovation begins tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/3i85wNK5pO

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYrasHLCQAE4K2n.jpg)


Nick McKenna@aggiefieldguy
The grass is completely gone and excavation has begun. pic.twitter.com/tao2WTicwC

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYvL-baCcAA9RGN.jpg)

Wow, they're not wasting any time.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2013, 01:39:11 pm
Robbie Neiswanger ‏@NWARobbie 1h
Arkansas will break ground on its basketball practice facility Dec. 7. The $25 million facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: harley spoon on November 12, 2013, 01:45:22 pm
A&M breaks ground on its new $80M equestrian facility:

http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205708282

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2013, 01:57:21 pm
Speaking to a group in Birmingham, Former UK football coach Fran Curci, 75, told old stories about his days at Kentucky in the 1970s and said that basketball dominates at the school to a “ridiculous” point.

“We win the SEC (in football), and I heard this rumor going around, and I went to (Kentucky president) Dr. (Otis) Singletary, who was a real buddy of mine. We played golf all the time. I said, ‘Hey, Doc. I hear they’re going to build a dorm for basketball players only. Is there any truth to that?’ ‘Well, these guys come up with this and it’s going to cost $6 million. They can’t raise that.’ I said, ‘Doc, they’ll raise it in five days.’ I was wrong. They did it in three — all those coal miners up there and all those old boys.”

http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/11/12/fran-curci-calls-basketballs-dominance-at-uk-ridiculous
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on November 12, 2013, 05:58:52 pm
Wow, they're not wasting any time.

Why are they digging up the middle of the field? 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on November 13, 2013, 04:03:01 am
Why are they digging up the middle of the field? 8)
Sometimes it's hard to know exactly WHAT the people at Texas A&M are doing.....
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: harley spoon on November 13, 2013, 08:52:22 am
Playing field is being lowered six feet and moved sixteen feet south. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on November 13, 2013, 08:50:24 pm
Playing field is being lowered six feet and moved sixteen feet south.
I guess that's easier than raising the entire stadium six feet and moving it 16 feet further north. :)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on November 14, 2013, 06:36:56 am
I guess that's easier than raising the entire stadium six feet and moving it 16 feet further north. :)

Beat me to it.

I get the lowering part, but why North 16 feet? When they built the place, did they not center the press box to the fifty yard line or something?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on November 14, 2013, 07:31:19 am
Beat me to it.

I get the lowering part, but why North 16 feet? When they built the place, did they not center the press box to the fifty yard line or something?  8)
Hmmm....maybe allowing for the curvature of the earth?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: harley spoon on November 14, 2013, 10:18:54 am
Beat me to it.

I get the lowering part, but why North 16 feet? When they built the place, did they not center the press box to the fifty yard line or something?  8)

90% of the entire stadium is being torn down over the two-year construction period.  Only the north end zone (built in 1999) is really remaining.  All seats are being widened (axxes have grown since 1927), huge number of suites and premium seating being added.  South end zone is being added.  Corners being bowled in.  Lowering of field allows the above to happen and to enhance sight lines for all.  Also the lowered field and bowl should increase volume significantly.  Incremental cost of increasing bleacher capacity is low so total capacity of actual seats is going from 82,000 to 102,500.  31,000 student tickets issued to student body of 54,000....still students are turned away for season tix.  New seating sold out immediately and there is a waiting line....even some existing season ticket holders could not get new season tix for 2015.  Will continue to sell out for big games...probably not for all games (paid attendence yes...butts in seats no.)  Third highest attendence in Kyle Field history against MSU last Saturday.  12,000 aggies a year graduating...3,000 a year departing this world.     $450M total cost.   Will be 109,000 for one year only next year when south end zone is added before east side is torn down and refitted with premium seats.   Kind of fun to watch it live (especially from the north end zone camera): 
http://kylefield.com/constructioncams

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on November 14, 2013, 01:48:18 pm
Artist's renderings of the new Tad Pad at Ole Miss, set to replace the current Sad Pad in January 2016.

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on November 14, 2013, 06:10:44 pm
90% of the entire stadium is being torn down over the two-year construction period.  Only the north end zone (built in 1999) is really remaining. 

Where did you get that drivel?

If that were true, then why lower the field? Simply build the new stadium further out.  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: harley spoon on November 14, 2013, 06:14:50 pm
Existing buildings....more premium seating closer to field.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on November 14, 2013, 06:22:12 pm
Existing buildings....more premium seating closer to field.

The bleachers will have to be much steeper than it is now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 15, 2013, 02:01:24 am
A&M breaks ground on its new $80M equestrian facility:

http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205708282



80 million for that? That's a bunch of horse hockey................................
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 15, 2013, 02:05:04 am
90% of the entire stadium is being torn down over the two-year construction period.  Only the north end zone (built in 1999) is really remaining.  All seats are being widened (axxes have grown since 1927), huge number of suites and premium seating being added.  South end zone is being added.  Corners being bowled in.  Lowering of field allows the above to happen and to enhance sight lines for all.  Also the lowered field and bowl should increase volume significantly.  Incremental cost of increasing bleacher capacity is low so total capacity of actual seats is going from 82,000 to 102,500.  31,000 student tickets issued to student body of 54,000....still students are turned away for season tix.  New seating sold out immediately and there is a waiting line....even some existing season ticket holders could not get new season tix for 2015.  Will continue to sell out for big games...probably not for all games (paid attendence yes...butts in seats no.)  Third highest attendence in Kyle Field history against MSU last Saturday.  12,000 aggies a year graduating...3,000 a year departing this world.     $450M total cost.   Will be 109,000 for one year only next year when south end zone is added before east side is torn down and refitted with premium seats.   Kind of fun to watch it live (especially from the north end zone camera): 
http://kylefield.com/constructioncams



All that and yet they are still the aggies...............................
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2013, 07:22:56 pm
How's the addition to the stadium coming? Is there a buzz and demand for those new seats for next year?

The renovation to Davis Wade is on schedule to be complete by opening day next season. The demand for the new seats has been high. Mississippi State sold out all of the box seats and only a few loge seats remain. The construction in the north end zone has come a long way, but still has even further to go. It doesn't look like much, but MSU officials are excited about the results it will bring. (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/getting_to_know_mississippi_st.html)

Mike Bonner is the new State beat writer for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2013, 07:12:54 pm
]] .com/robbies-hog-blog/arkansas-break-ground-academic-center-early-next-year]Construction of Arkansas’ indoor baseball/track facility is underway with completion set for next summer. The Razorbacks will break ground on the long-awaited basketball practice facility early next month, too.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has now revealed it won’t be much longer before construction on the third athletic facilities project begins.

Long said the Razorbacks have plans to break ground on the Student-Athlete Success Center in early 2014. Long announced those plans — without setting a specific date for the ground breaking — during the beam signing ceremony for the baseball/track facility on Tuesday afternoon. (http:// [[[Stop spamming your site, Eric.)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2013, 07:29:16 am
MrSEC on the projected future of SEC football stadiums (http://www.mrsec.com/2013/11/future-football-stadiums-long-sec-school-follows-suit)

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The SEC announced in May that it had taken notice and created the “Working Group on Fan Experience.”  That team of SEC administrators found that cell and Wi-Fi service needed to be upgraded at each stadium (at a cost of about $2 million per).  They decided more replays were needed inside stadium.  Student attendance would have to be improved.  The quality of games was also a topic of discussion (which gets back to our old push for a nine-game conference slate).

In Santa Clara — where the San Francisco 49ers will soon be moving — the new stadium under construction is at the forefront of technology, too.  In addition to massive boxes and suites for the wealthy, the 49ers new home is being built with the 21st century sports fan in mind: (video at link above)

How long before an SEC school decides to replace 10,000 to 20,000 seats with larger, more opulent skyboxes?  How long before a school goes all-in with technology? ...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2013, 09:16:39 pm
http://kylefield.com/constructioncams

Looks like they could put on a monster demolition derby on Kyle Field.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 25, 2013, 09:25:31 pm
Part of the announcement today detailing plans for the Commonwealth Stadium renovation, which is to be complete for the start of the 2015 season, revealed that stadium capacity will be reduced from 67,000 to 61,000.

The reason is that seats will be removed for such things as more luxury boxes, a new in-stadium recruiting room, etc. That flies in the face of almost all SEC schools, which have expanded football stadiums in the past. Reducing capacity for a more “intimate setting” may be the wave of the future, however. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/11/25/video-mitch-barnhart-on-why-bigger-is-not-always-better)

Also attendance is way down.

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/i.jpg)
Credit: James Crisp
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on November 25, 2013, 09:55:07 pm
Part of the announcement today detailing plans for the Commonwealth Stadium renovation, which is to be complete for the start of the 2015 season, revealed that stadium capacity will be reduced from 67,000 to 61,000.

The reason is that seats will be removed for such things as more luxury boxes, a new in-stadium recruiting room, etc. That flies in the face of almost all SEC schools, which have expanded football stadiums in the past. Reducing capacity for a more “intimate setting” may be the wave of the future, however. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/11/25/video-mitch-barnhart-on-why-bigger-is-not-always-better)

Also attendance is way down.

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/i.jpg)
Credit: James Crisp

how do you make your post a link like that?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 07:09:39 am
For those who need help with this....

[ url=http://somesite/]descriptive link[/url]

will make it where you can click on "descriptive link" and get to where you need to go.  Just take out the spaces.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 26, 2013, 07:40:46 am
Part of the announcement today detailing plans for the Commonwealth Stadium renovation, which is to be complete for the start of the 2015 season, revealed that stadium capacity will be reduced from 67,000 to 61,000.

The reason is that seats will be removed for such things as more luxury boxes, a new in-stadium recruiting room, etc. That flies in the face of almost all SEC schools, which have expanded football stadiums in the past. Reducing capacity for a more “intimate setting” may be the wave of the future, however. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/11/25/video-mitch-barnhart-on-why-bigger-is-not-always-better)

Also attendance is way down.

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/i.jpg)
Credit: James Crisp

They aren't reducing capacity for a "more intimate setting". It is for more suites and thus more large donors. Especially since they can't increase attendance in football. 6,000 less bleacher seats is only about 10% less. Yet suites will bring in more money due to higher donations and ticket prices for them.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 10:30:37 am
Story: The University of Kentucky ethos in major athletics facilities has always been bigger is better.

On the basketball side, Kentucky went from Alumni Gym (2,800 seats) to Memorial Coliseum (11,500) to Rupp Arena (23,000-plus).

UK's football program left the 37,500-seat McLean Stadium for 59,000-capacity Commonwealth Stadium in 1973. In 1999, Kentucky expanded Commonwealth to some 67,000.

Now, as part of the $110 million renovation designed to bring Commonwealth into the 21st century, Mitch Barnhart is betting big that smaller will be better for UK football. When it debuts as a finished product for the season opener in 2015, the "new Commonwealth" will have shrunk to around 61,000 total capacity. (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/25/2953756/mark-story-shrinking-commonwealth.html)

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"When you guys kick me out of here and I'm gone, you guys can say that knucklehead downsized our stadium," Barnhart said Monday, minutes after UK had unveiled its plans in the Nutter Field House. "But our thought process was, let's make (Commonwealth Stadium) better. More (good) seats. Bring people closer to the action, create a better environment, make the seats more valuable."

Spending $110 million to downsize one's stadium is not as counter-intuitive as it sounds.

On Saturdays this fall, as one has fired up one's 70-inch, high-definition TV to watch the 137 college football games that are broadcast each week, one has had ample opportunity to see vast expanses of open seats in stadiums belonging to football programs far more successful than Kentucky.

Average fan to get "expanded concourses, improved restrooms, and concession stands".

They can rent a chair back.

Target fan will pay the majority of the freight.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 26, 2013, 12:15:05 pm
Story: The University of Kentucky ethos in major athletics facilities has always been bigger is better.

On the basketball side, Kentucky went from Alumni Gym (2,800 seats) to Memorial Coliseum (11,500) to Rupp Arena (23,000-plus).

UK's football program left the 37,500-seat McLean Stadium for 59,000-capacity Commonwealth Stadium in 1973. In 1999, Kentucky expanded Commonwealth to some 67,000.

Now, as part of the $110 million renovation designed to bring Commonwealth into the 21st century, Mitch Barnhart is betting big that smaller will be better for UK football. When it debuts as a finished product for the season opener in 2015, the "new Commonwealth" will have shrunk to around 61,000 total capacity. (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/25/2953756/mark-story-shrinking-commonwealth.html)

Average fan to get "expanded concourses, improved restrooms, and concession stands".

They can rent a chair back.

Target fan will pay the majority of the freight.

Interesting the article said that the reduction in seats primarily will come from the students section.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 12:45:19 pm
Dan Wolken ‏@DanWolken 2h
Is Georgia the biggest program left without an indoor facility?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 04:56:29 pm
Construction finally begins on new facility for women's rowing team at University of Alabama

$4.4M building on Manderson Landing will house sculls, support boats (http://Construction finally begins on new facility for women's rowing team at University of Alabama

$4.4M building on Manderson Landing will house sculls, support boats)

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The University of Alabama has begun construction on a new one-story building at Manderson Landing for the women's rowing team. The new building will allow the 8-year-old program to move from temporary structures to a state-of-the-art facility.

“It just allows us to provide an edge,” UA Athletics spokesman Roots Woodruff said.

UA is constructing an 11,163- square-foot facility that will include storage space for the team's sculls and support boats. The project also includes a specialized floating dock complex at the park. The program also will have space for offices and indoor training facilities in the new student recreation center in the Presidential Village residential community being built across Jack Warner Parkway, Woodruff said.

The rowing facility will be located on the west side of Manderson Landing, and the floating dock will be accessed from the west side of the landing, according to plans approved by the UA Board of Trustees. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of May 2014, according to Tim Leopard, UA's assistant vice president for construction.

The total budget for the facility at the landing is about $4.4 million and is being financed with UA's Intercollegiate Athletic Quasi-Endowment Funds.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sevenof400 on November 26, 2013, 04:58:44 pm
Construction finally begins on new facility for women's rowing team at University of Alabama

$4.4M building on Manderson Landing will house sculls, support boats (http://Construction finally begins on new facility for women's rowing team at University of Alabama

$4.4M building on Manderson Landing will house sculls, support boats)

I hate Title IX.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on November 26, 2013, 06:24:39 pm
Dan Wolken ‏@DanWolken 2h
Is Georgia the biggest program left without an indoor facility?

Florida has no indoor facility........and proud of it! 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on November 27, 2013, 08:16:50 am
Interesting the article said that the reduction in seats primarily will come from the students section.

Not really.  Those bums don't contribute.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Theolesnort on November 27, 2013, 09:16:34 am
Not really.  Those bums don't contribute.
You never treat your students badly, they are your future leaders, businessmen, lawyers, doctors and politicians of tomorrow. Especially they are the big contributors of tomorrow. You want them buying season tickets as soon as they graduate or as soon as they can afford it when they leave school. You want them to feel a connection to ole alma mater.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sevenof400 on November 27, 2013, 10:14:48 am
You never treat your students badly, they are your future leaders, businessmen, lawyers, doctors and politicians of tomorrow. Especially they are the big contributors of tomorrow. You want them buying season tickets as soon as they graduate or as soon as they can afford it when they leave school. You want them to feel a connection to ole alma mater.

I have a feeling the 'connection' being made to a university isn't anywhere as strong today as it was a few years ago.  Given the price gouging to attend a university these days, it is hard to see how a student would view a university as anything more than an exorbitant outlay of cash - one that s/he will be paying for (in the form of student loans) for years to come. 

It will be very hard to spend dollars on tickets (not even considering PSL's) when those student loans are due…and not dischargeable.  The bottom line is the connection ain't forming like it used to.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2013, 10:30:08 am
UGA's trip to Flowery Branch finally re-ignites indoor facility discussion

The Bulldogs are currently down in Flowery Branch practicing in the Atlanta Falcons' indoor practice facility. That, of course, reignited the discussion about whether or not Georgia should have a similar facility already on its own campus.
Georgia Tech has one, which it was utilizing on Tuesday. And so does almost every other team in the SEC (with the exception of Florida, I think, which used to be the argument against having to have one). (http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/uga-sports/2013/nov/26/trip-flowery-branch-re-ignites-indoor-facility-dis)

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The truth is, the Bulldogs truly are inconvenienced by not having a full 120-yard long, 60-yard wide indoor facility about a half-dozen times a year. But now even Vanderbilt and South Carolina have them. And while the Gamecocks very rarely utilize theirs, I'm told, it's still sitting their as a recruiting advantage they can flaunt every time a prospect makes a visit.

Georgia, of course, has it's "Nalley Multipurpose Facilty," named after the Atlanta car dealer. It was included in the nearly $40 million expanision of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall a few years back. But it's only 55 yards long by 20 yards wide and useless to conduct a full-scale practice or even to run one live-action pass play.

“It would be wonderful," Richt said of having an indoor faciltu. "I think that would be a great thing. ... South Milledge is closer than Flowery Branch. And we wouldn't have to ask permission to use it."

With Florida's recent tail spin, Georgia is mildly arguably the largest program in college football without an indoor facility.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on November 27, 2013, 12:57:13 pm
You never treat your students badly, they are your future leaders, businessmen, lawyers, doctors and politicians of tomorrow. Especially they are the big contributors of tomorrow. You want them buying season tickets as soon as they graduate or as soon as they can afford it when they leave school. You want them to feel a connection to ole alma mater.

I wasn't serious.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on November 27, 2013, 12:58:08 pm
Ole Miss closed on the loan to build the new Tad Pad.

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2013/11/ole_miss_closes_loan_on_new_ba.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2013, 07:13:12 pm
A&M University officials confirmed that Angel Garcia, 25, died Tuesday afternoon after falling four stories at the Kyle Field construction site.

Several media agencies reported the confirmation around 4 p.m. Tuesday citing an OSHA spokesperson, who said they were investigating a fatal accident at the university. (http://www.theeagle.com/news/a_m/article_4b6c0b34-5c4f-11e3-87c4-001a4bcf887a.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2013, 07:56:43 pm
State one of three SEC schools to eclipse stadium capacity for 2013 season (http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2013/12/03/mississippi-state-one-of-three-sec-schools-to-eclipse-stadium-capacity-for-2013-season)

Rank      School   Total Att.   Avg Att.   Stadium Cap.   % Cap.   Games
1   Texas A&M   697,003      87,125        82,589           105.49        8
2   S. Carolina   576,805      82,401        80,250           102.68        7
3   Miss. State   389,868      55,695        55,082           101.11        7
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2013, 05:58:54 pm
WholeHogSports ‏@wholehogsports 2h
Here is a look at the setup for Arkansas' basketball practice facility groundbreaking Saturday pic.twitter.com/tFL5k77BN2

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BawIlHtCMAABNDD.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2013, 07:36:44 pm
Razorback Foundation ‏@RazorFoundation 6m
The future of @RazorbackMBB & @RaozrbackWBB takes a big JUMP w/ Basketball Performance Center groundbreaking at 11a Saturday. #NeverYield
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2013, 11:16:54 pm
Alex Box will have a slightly new look when LSU takes the diamond in the spring. But only on part of the diamond.

The school is in the process of installing artificial turf in foul ground on both sides of the field. The only "real" surface in the non-playing areas will be the pitcher's mounds in each bullpen.

"It's going to give the field a more pristine look," Tigers' coach Paul Mainieri said. (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2013/12/new_look_for_lsu_baseballs_ale.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 08, 2013, 02:33:59 pm
Story: Why the griping over UK’s Commonwealth Stadium plan is well placed

The amount of agitation over the fact Kentucky is downsizing Commonwealth Stadium from a capacity of 67,606 to some 61,000 in 2015 as part of a $110 million remodeling project continues to fascinate me. (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/07/2975737/mark-story-why-the-griping-over.html)

(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2013/11/30/22/53/1ujUyJ.AuSt.79.jpeg)

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Some Kentucky backers are fuming over the pending loss of the same seats that no one has been using on a consistent basis since 2009.

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart is betting that smaller crowds at big-time sports events are the 21st century's "new normal."

NFL team owners, for one, seem to read the future in the same way. Of the 31 NFL stadiums (the Giants and Jets share), 18 have seating capacities of less than 70,000.

It is true that in the football-mad Southeastern Conference, the prevailing football ethos always seems to be bigger is best.

While overall attendance at FBS college football games was down some 3 percent nationally at mid-season, the average crowd size in SEC stadiums actually rose from 75,444 in 2012 to 76,193 over the whole of 2013.

At least five SEC schools, Texas A&M (82,589 to 102,500), LSU (92,542 to 100,000), Arkansas (72,000 to 80,000), Missouri (71,009 to 77,000) and Mississippi State (55,082 to 61,337), are now in the process of enlarging their stadiums.

When those expansions are complete, the league will finally have four schools with stadiums that seat 100,000 or more and eight with capacities above 80,000.

Plan is to expand to 68 luxury suites and brand new club and loge-level seating.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sevenof400 on December 08, 2013, 02:42:47 pm
However, there still remains the very legitimate question: "Can Arkansas fill all those seats?"
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 09, 2013, 11:51:44 am
Florida has no indoor facility........and proud of it! 8)

Yes they do:


9 / 13

"... Now Donovan has a facility that would make a recruit want to start school yesterday. The most aggressive athletic director in the country can be proud of the most striking basketball facility in Division I, and perhaps, in all of basketball."
- Andy Katz, ESPN

SERVICES PROVIDED ON THIS PROJECT:
Architecture,Interior Design
ARCHITECTURE OVERVIEW:
This dynamic facility has complete practice venuesfor both men's and women's varsity basketballteams. More than a collection of spaces, this structure is the centerpiece of the University Athletic Association's plan to build a national championship-caliber program. References to the game of basketball are evident throughout the exterior and interior spaces of the building, making it a showcase for one of America's most popular sports.
CLIENT: University of Florida
COMPLETE: August 2001
SIZE: 48,000 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
LINKS: UF Gatorzone Facilities - Basketball Practice Complex
VIEW
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 09, 2013, 12:00:56 pm
Construction finally begins on new facility for women's rowing team at University of Alabama

$4.4M building on Manderson Landing will house sculls, support boats (http://Construction finally begins on new facility for women's rowing team at University of Alabama

$4.4M building on Manderson Landing will house sculls, support boats)


They are planning to give out snorkels, goggles and miniature oars to all 4 of the season ticket holders.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2013, 07:40:06 am
Coming down Limestone Street last night on the way to the UK-Boise State game at Rupp Arena, I actually saw people out on the corner of Limestone and High Street holding up handfuls of tickets. They weren’t buying. They were selling.

There’s no getting around that, through the first seven homes games, Kentucky basketball attendance is on the decline at Rupp Arena.

All things are relative, of course. Kentucky still draws more fans to an intrasquad scrimmage than most schools do for an actual game.

But blame it on television, or the lack of an enticing home schedule, or a lack of connection with the ever-changing roster or the students — I don’t blame the students; they have terrible seats — you can’t argue with the numbers that say the attendance at Rupp Arena is declining for the fourth straight year. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/12/11/believe-it-or-not-uk-basketball-attendance-declining)

(http://johnclay.bloginky.com/files/2013/12/ukbkcattendance.jpg)
2009 was an NIT team in BCG's last season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on December 12, 2013, 08:02:04 am
I've been saying for a couple years now that TV will and has killed attendance on average. 

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CDBHawg on December 12, 2013, 08:51:06 am
I've been saying for a couple years now that TV will and has killed attendance on average.

Blackouts are on their way!!!!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on December 12, 2013, 11:40:56 am
Blackouts are on their way!!!!
I don't know.  Blackouts are kind of a damn if you do, damn if you don't.  Blackouts will help schools attendance, but hurt TV revenue. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2013, 04:47:16 pm
Brian Broussard@broussardbrian
First draft 3D version of South EZ expansion. Hope to have more in the new year. pic.twitter.com/ocI09yJIm3

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BborQvwCIAAFWlK.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2013, 09:26:02 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bb2TRimCQAACwMB.jpg)
South Carolina
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on December 20, 2013, 01:39:48 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bb2TRimCQAACwMB.jpg)
South Carolina
SEC workout facility meets "American Pie"?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sevenof400 on December 20, 2013, 10:14:37 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bb2TRimCQAACwMB.jpg)
South Carolina

This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W-fIn2QZgg).
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2013, 06:36:50 pm

He is the Ball Coach.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on December 20, 2013, 06:59:09 pm

He is the Ball Coach.
If so, I don't think I'd want to be "under" his tutelage.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2013, 02:58:30 pm
Regarding the future of bigger basketball arenas:

NCAA.com named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest college basketball arena. The website noted that about 6,000 students sit near the court at Kansas home games. The motto is "Beware the Phog."

The other arenas in the list of five were:

■ 2. Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. Does anything else need to be said?

■ 3. Syracuse. The Carrier Dome is the nation's largest on-campus site for basketball games.

■ 4. Oklahoma State. Gallagher-Iba Arena aka "The Madison Square Garden of the Plains."

■ 5. New Mexico. The court at "The Pit" sits 37 feet into the ground.

NCAA spokesman Cam Schuh said there was a panel vote taken among NCAA.com staffers and Turner Sports employees, "based on first-person experience". (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/21/2999901/marcus-lees-brother-says-transfer.html)

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For the big-is-better crowd (that's you, UK fans), the five loudest arenas have an average capacity of 18,193. Taking the Carrier Dome out of the mix, the four other arenas' average attendance is 14,088.

Factoids to ponder as Lexington and UK officials ponder a nine-figure "re-invention" of Rupp Arena:

■ Allen Fieldhouse was dedicated on March 1, 1955, with a 77-67 victory over Kansas State. Tradition and sentiment reign.

■ Kansas has sold out its last 200 games dating to the 2001-02 season.

■ Kansas' record in Allen Fieldhouse is 703-168. (.807 winning percentage). UK's record in Rupp Arena is 502-62 (.890). So, in this case, bigger is better.

Kentucky is looking to renovate Rupp by putting fat cats who fund a lion's share of the athletic program into luxury suites, opening up more floor seats for more students and less well-heeled season ticket holders, and keeping the overall capacity about the same though the upper deck will have chair seats.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 23, 2013, 01:16:33 pm
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 19 Dec
RT @KTHogs: This week's column on Coach Norm DeBriyn. Razorback Road: A legendary pinch hitting role http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=6100&ATCLID=209345386#.UrOCyBfITKE.twitter …

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In the fall of 1969, Coach Wayne Robbins, the Arkansas baseball coach at the time, quit to pursue a political career.  When interim coach Bob "D Altman" Sluzarek stepped down after only one day, DeBriyn, a physical education teacher got the call to be the 10th Razorback baseball coach.

And while this was a tremendous opportunity, the job was nothing like it is today. Arkansas was playing baseball as an independent and the Razorbacks played their games at Fairgrounds Field, a modest pile of dirt located at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Through the years, DeBriyn literally built the program from the ground up guiding the Razorbacks into the Southwest Conference and to the luxurious George Cole Field. Later as the program blossomed it was his relationships that helped catapult Razorback Baseball into what it is today.

"The success of our baseball program can be directly attributed to Norm DeBriyn," former Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said. "His long-lasting friendships with the Baum and Walker families made the new stadium possible. They trusted Norm. Trust is the number one factor in every relationship. Baum Stadium stands as a tribute to the work ethic and honesty of Norm DeBriyn."

DeBriyn will receive the Lefty Gomez Award. Today he is the Associate Director for the Razorback Foundation.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 23, 2013, 01:49:14 pm
Scott Stricklin ‏@stricklinMSU 18 Dec
Work at #DavisWade has picked up since Egg Bowl...

Seat treads going into the north end zone lower bowl. #DWS2014 #HailState pic.twitter.com/EjAhyV2M9L

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BbzbUbKIcAA93p8.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2013, 12:03:16 pm
I've always been fascinated with not only the play on the field and on the court, but also the facilities that they take place in.

Thought it might be a good time during the Christmas/New Year's lull to take a look at the 14 member institutions' basketball venues.

They are ranked from worst to first, with my comments:

14) Tad Smith Coliseum, Ole Miss

What to say about this monstorsity? Opened in 1966, this 9,061 seat arena is easily the worst place to watch a game in the conference. Last year, the lights went out when the Hogs played there. Luckily for Rebel fans, a new arena is slated to be built in the next few years.

13) Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia

Opened in 1964, this building has been improved in recent years, but not to the point that it probably should be. Georgia basketball has never been very relevant on the national scene, and it doesn't provide much for atmosphere.

12) Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State

The "Hump Dump" debuted in 1975 and the only reason it isn't ranked behind the Tad Pad and Stegeman is because it is newer. It can get loud and Mississippi State does play well there (like Ole Miss does at Tad) but you should play well at home, regardless.

11) Coleman Coliseum, Alabama

Not a terrible place to watch basketball, but the Crimson Nation doesn't really care about basketball enough for it to make a difference. It has a unique ceiling, but it always seems dark on television. It opened in 1968 and was renovated in 2005.

10) Auburn Arena, Auburn

The newest SEC arena, but it doesn't rank very high because 1) Auburn doesn't really care about basketball and 2) Auburn doesn't play well there. The Hogs love playing there, though.

9) Memorial Gym, Vanderbilt

In terms of nostalgia, this should be a lot higher. But it's the oldest arena in the conference and the whole raised court, benches in the end zone thing is overplayed and it doesn't provide an intimidating atmosphere.

8) Maravich Assembly Center, LSU

Nothing spectacular about this venue, other than it being named after one of the most decorated college basketball players of all time. It opened in 1972 and for 40 years it has always been a 'meh' on the college basketball landscape, despite being nicknamed the 'Deaf Dome' by Dickie V.

7) Reed Arena, Texas A&M

Don't know much about this place because I've only watched Arkansas play in it once, but it was opened in 1998 and cost nearly $37 million to build. Looks like a fun environment if the fans show up and are loud.

6) O'Connell Center, Florida

In 1980, the Gators moved into the O'Dome and it has been fun ever since. The students are on top of you and it gets loud. Easily one of the best environments in not only the SEC, but college basketball. Leaves a bit to be desired aesthetically, though.

5) Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina

One of the newer venues in the conference, it seats 18,000 and cost $65 million to build, but the Gamecocks have never done anything of substance to warrant a full house, other than that upset of Kentucky a few years ago.

4) Mizzou Arena, Missouri

Like A&M, I haven't watched much basketball be played here, but I know that it's a heck of a lot better than the Hearnes Center, seats 15,000 comfortably and that the Tigers play extremely well there. Also cost $75 million to erect.

3) Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee

If the fans cared as much about the men's program as they do the women, you could make a case for this being No. 1. But they don't. Opened in 1987, it had the most capacity in the conference for 20 years but renovations gave it back to Rupp.

2) Bud Walton Arena, Arkansas

Still "The Basketball Palace of Mid-America" 20 years later. When it's rocking, it's hard to find a better place to watch a college basketball game. Unfortunately, it hasn't rocked nearly enough for over a decade now. Hopefully Mike gets it back to that level, seeing as he played a pivotal role in getting it built.

1) Rupp Arena, Kentucky

As much as I love BWA, I can't put it over the Rupp. Even though it's been around for almost 40 years now, it has woven its way into the fabric of college basketball, whether for UK basketball, SEC or NCAA tournaments. More fans can fit into it then any other ARENA in the U.S. Back in '76, it cost $55 million to build. That'd be $217 million today.


Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2013, 08:12:49 am
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray intends to take a commonly held belief, roll it up into a ball and dunk it. Yes, Kentucky, it is possible for Rupp Arena to have chair-back seats throughout the upper level and maintain an overall capacity of 23,000. (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/28/3008342/rupp-renovations-a-numbers-game.html)

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Planning for the re-invention of Rupp, which is part of Gray's vision to revitalize downtown Lexington, is nearing a boiling point. It shouldn't be long before we know the details of what a new Rupp Arena would look like and, more importantly, how the city expects to pay for the project.

Maintaining the capacity of 23,000 remains important to Kentucky's athletics department leaders, Gray said. So that's a must. Chair-back seats would enhance the fan experience, which is a point of emphasis for Gray.

To do both while using the solid "bones" of Rupp Arena makes for one of those "challenging constraints" Gray mentioned. Challenging, but not unsolvable, the mayor said.

"It is achievable," he said. "So if it's achievable, it's realistic."

One plan is off-season, phased enhancements as was done to renovate Madison Square Garden.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2014, 10:59:37 am
Jeff Long ‏@jefflongUA 29 Dec
“@ArkBaseball: Arkansas' Baum Stadium may be the finest collegiate baseball stadium in the country: pic.twitter.com/dpiM11WEBg”

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BctHvPTCMAAtEHo.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on January 01, 2014, 04:05:14 pm
Jeff Long ‏@jefflongUA 29 Dec
“@ArkBaseball: Arkansas' Baum Stadium may be the finest collegiate baseball stadium in the country: pic.twitter.com/dpiM11WEBg”

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BctHvPTCMAAtEHo.jpg)

Awesome!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: goodguytex on January 01, 2014, 11:30:41 pm
Awesome!  8)
No better place to watch a college baseball game IMHO. I love everything about it.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2014, 11:21:30 am
Looks like this is about to start.  Are they coordinating this with the U of A so that the West side facade expansion of RRS can finally be finished? 

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2013/apr/05/residents-see-plans-planned-razorback-widening/ (http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2013/apr/05/residents-see-plans-planned-razorback-widening/)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2014, 10:16:23 pm
(http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ole/sports/umaaf/auto_action/9498186.jpeg)
9,500 seat arena to replace Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford. Scheduled to open in time for conference play in 2016.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2014, 03:18:23 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdUt5bXCYAAulLP.jpg)

Ross Dellenger ‏@DellengerAdv 42m ..... #LSU RT @RabalaisAdv: #UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. Home of your NCAA champs. Yep, that's it. pic.twitter.com/62OXbReLS5
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2014, 12:00:58 pm
Athlon "Experts" Poll: Top Arenas in College Basketball

To-be-renovated Rupp Arena was the SEC's rep as the expert panel had a bias for "old school".

http://athlonsports.com/college-basketball/top-arenas-college-basketball-experts-poll#1

The link is one of those slideshow presentations.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on January 08, 2014, 03:46:20 pm
Athlon "Experts" Poll: Top Arenas in College Basketball

To-be-renovated Rupp Arena was the SEC's rep as the expert panel had a bias for "old school".

http://athlonsports.com/college-basketball/top-arenas-college-basketball-experts-poll#1

The link is one of those slideshow presentations.

Once again Athlon gets it wrong.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on January 08, 2014, 06:52:08 pm
Athlon "Experts" Poll: Top Arenas in College Basketball

To-be-renovated Rupp Arena was the SEC's rep as the expert panel had a bias for "old school".

http://athlonsports.com/college-basketball/top-arenas-college-basketball-experts-poll#1

The link is one of those slideshow presentations.
Coach Fran has the best list.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on January 08, 2014, 06:52:30 pm
Once again Athlon gets it wrong.
Not Athlons list.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on January 08, 2014, 07:25:47 pm
Not Athlons list.

You're right. But it was a link to Athlon I had to open to read it. It was media members. HaHa! Since when are "media" experts and especially the ones on the list "experts" on buildings. Some of them I think let their personal bias show as well. Ironically I do agree that Allen Field house should be at or near the top. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2014, 07:32:47 pm
MikePiazza recently ranked the SEC basketball arenas:

I've always been fascinated with not only the play on the field and on the court, but also the facilities that they take place in.

Thought it might be a good time during the Christmas/New Year's lull to take a look at the 14 member institutions' basketball venues.

They are ranked from worst to first, with my comments:

14) Tad Smith Coliseum, Ole Miss

What to say about this monstorsity? Opened in 1966, this 9,061 seat arena is easily the worst place to watch a game in the conference. Last year, the lights went out when the Hogs played there. Luckily for Rebel fans, a new arena is slated to be built in the next few years.

13) Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia

Opened in 1964, this building has been improved in recent years, but not to the point that it probably should be. Georgia basketball has never been very relevant on the national scene, and it doesn't provide much for atmosphere.

12) Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State

The "Hump Dump" debuted in 1975 and the only reason it isn't ranked behind the Tad Pad and Stegeman is because it is newer. It can get loud and Mississippi State does play well there (like Ole Miss does at Tad) but you should play well at home, regardless.

11) Coleman Coliseum, Alabama

Not a terrible place to watch basketball, but the Crimson Nation doesn't really care about basketball enough for it to make a difference. It has a unique ceiling, but it always seems dark on television. It opened in 1968 and was renovated in 2005.

10) Auburn Arena, Auburn

The newest SEC arena, but it doesn't rank very high because 1) Auburn doesn't really care about basketball and 2) Auburn doesn't play well there. The Hogs love playing there, though.

9) Memorial Gym, Vanderbilt

In terms of nostalgia, this should be a lot higher. But it's the oldest arena in the conference and the whole raised court, benches in the end zone thing is overplayed and it doesn't provide an intimidating atmosphere.

8) Maravich Assembly Center, LSU

Nothing spectacular about this venue, other than it being named after one of the most decorated college basketball players of all time. It opened in 1972 and for 40 years it has always been a 'meh' on the college basketball landscape, despite being nicknamed the 'Deaf Dome' by Dickie V.

7) Reed Arena, Texas A&M

Don't know much about this place because I've only watched Arkansas play in it once, but it was opened in 1998 and cost nearly $37 million to build. Looks like a fun environment if the fans show up and are loud.

6) O'Connell Center, Florida

In 1980, the Gators moved into the O'Dome and it has been fun ever since. The students are on top of you and it gets loud. Easily one of the best environments in not only the SEC, but college basketball. Leaves a bit to be desired aesthetically, though.

5) Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina

One of the newer venues in the conference, it seats 18,000 and cost $65 million to build, but the Gamecocks have never done anything of substance to warrant a full house, other than that upset of Kentucky a few years ago.

4) Mizzou Arena, Missouri

Like A&M, I haven't watched much basketball be played here, but I know that it's a heck of a lot better than the Hearnes Center, seats 15,000 comfortably and that the Tigers play extremely well there. Also cost $75 million to erect.

3) Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee

If the fans cared as much about the men's program as they do the women, you could make a case for this being No. 1. But they don't. Opened in 1987, it had the most capacity in the conference for 20 years but renovations gave it back to Rupp.

2) Bud Walton Arena, Arkansas

Still "The Basketball Palace of Mid-America" 20 years later. When it's rocking, it's hard to find a better place to watch a college basketball game. Unfortunately, it hasn't rocked nearly enough for over a decade now. Hopefully Mike gets it back to that level, seeing as he played a pivotal role in getting it built.

1) Rupp Arena, Kentucky

As much as I love BWA, I can't put it over the Rupp. Even though it's been around for almost 40 years now, it has woven its way into the fabric of college basketball, whether for UK basketball, SEC or NCAA tournaments. More fans can fit into it then any other ARENA in the U.S. Back in '76, it cost $55 million to build. That'd be $217 million today.


Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2014, 08:28:05 pm
Gentry Estes ‏@GentryEstes247 4h
'Exploratory work' has started for creation -- one day -- of indoor practice facility for #UGA football...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2014, 09:23:01 pm
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/new-renderings-and-details-about-the-renovated-rupp-arena

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bdfn0zmCMAAAHCA-600x300.jpg)
New lobby (Photo @RuppDistrict)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BdfpGrLCUAAuHtH-600x300.jpg)
New concourses (Photo @RuppDistrict)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BdfqOySCYAAAkBI-600x300.jpg)
Overlook decks at the four corners Photo @RuppDistrict

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BdfrHv_CcAA6u5C-600x312.jpg)
Photo @RuppDistrict
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on January 10, 2014, 07:12:00 am
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/new-renderings-and-details-about-the-renovated-rupp-arena

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bdfn0zmCMAAAHCA-600x300.jpg)
New lobby (Photo @RuppDistrict)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BdfpGrLCUAAuHtH-600x300.jpg)
New concourses (Photo @RuppDistrict)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BdfqOySCYAAAkBI-600x300.jpg)
Overlook decks at the four corners Photo @RuppDistrict

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BdfrHv_CcAA6u5C-600x312.jpg)
Photo @RuppDistrict

Very nice!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2014, 12:34:54 pm
http://blogs.theadvocate.com/tigertracks/lsu-releases-latest-rendering-of-expansion

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bdo5BfZCYAAxNF-.jpg)

LSU is adding an upper deck in the south end zone. The 1,500-seat deck is expected to also include 60 suites and about 3,000 club seats. Tiger Stadium’s capacity would increase from 92,542 to about 100,000.

The expansion is on schedule and is expected to be completed for the 2014 home opener Sept. 6 against Sam Houston State.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2014, 01:44:17 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 2h
Bud Walton Arena one of the nicest arenas in the SEC. Modern amenities and they fill the skyboxes here. pic.twitter.com/NnLsy6UNOc

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bdt0Dj-CAAAUxkG.jpg)

Also, biggest differential between home and road win percentage of any team in D1.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2014, 02:01:40 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 2h
Bud Walton Arena one of the nicest arenas in the SEC. Modern amenities and they fill the skyboxes here. pic.twitter.com/NnLsy6UNOc

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bdt0Dj-CAAAUxkG.jpg)

Also, biggest differential between home and road win percentage of any team in D1.

Helped the team come thru in a gritty effort last night.  The effort was tremendous. The officiating was brutal.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeADTOACcAAwZff.jpg)

Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 14h Goodnight, Bud.
pic.twitter.com/OLu96HPygR
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Chic-Hog-Oh on January 15, 2014, 05:19:02 pm
Helped the team come thru in a gritty effort last night.  The effort was tremendous. The officiating was brutal.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeADTOACcAAwZff.jpg)

Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 14h Goodnight, Bud.
pic.twitter.com/OLu96HPygR
Need a fresh shot from a similar angle to show the location of THE BALL that was used for THE DUNK.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2014, 05:37:39 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeNdr6CCIAIa1Qj.jpg)
The SEC Logo ‏@SEC_Logo 3 hrs
RT @MSUBillMartin
Check out this new aerial 3D image of what Davis Wade Stadium will look like this fall. pic.twitter.com/Hm2eXJ8dyy

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on January 18, 2014, 04:19:17 pm
Nice looking facility. Too bad they clutter it up with all of those cow bells.

I wonder why AU doesn't do the cow bell thing? (It would be more fitting there.)  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2014, 08:23:05 pm
The men's team can/will practice in BWA.

The practice facility fills a greater need for the women's team as it will help with their players and class schedules.

The practice facility will allow all players to work on their game on their own time when ever they want, basically.

It gives the coaching staff something every other coach in the SEC and schools who care about basketball already has.

The question is would Arkansas commit to building their version of the "coal dorm"?...

Pictorial Tour of Kentucky Coal Lodge (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/eight-reasons-opponents-ought-jealous-where-kentucky-houses-183025487--ncaab.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on January 21, 2014, 10:20:12 am
Nice looking facility. Too bad they clutter it up with all of those cow bells.

I wonder why AU doesn't do the cow bell thing? (It would be more fitting there.)  8)

Do you realize that Arkansas is also a land grant school with an Agriculture college?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2014, 11:50:15 am
Ole Miss opened the new dining facility inside the Manning Center.

It’s called the Grill at 1810, and is open up to students/faculty/staff along with athletes.

It’s one of the bigger parts of the renovation of the Manning Center, because the previous dining area was little more than a collection of chairs (food was often catered and prepared off-site).

During the remodel, the football team used a setup in one corner of the practice field for its training table meals.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20140123/SPORTS030103/301230010/Liggins-nears-return-field-Ole-Miss
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2014, 05:25:25 pm
State opens a renovated Davis Wade Stadium later this year. When the stadium opens it will have Bulldogs fans’ finger prints on it.

Mississippi State is asking for fans to help put the final touches on the renovation. Fans will have a chance to design all six banners going above the brick facade on the west side of the stadium, pictured below. (http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2014/01/23/mississippi-state-turning-to-fans-for-final-touches-of-davis-wade-stadium-renovation)

(http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/files/2014/01/AMHHCQZMYOXQMNY.201401230217531.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2014, 11:46:53 am
UK planning $45 million new football facility

The new project, which is called “a comprehensive complex to support the entire football operation including Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Field House,” has a wide-ranging list of amenities.

They include: administrative offices, locker spaces, team meeting areas, training areas, high performance and weight room space, a hydrotherapy room, new locker rooms and lounge facilities, an academic lounge and student study area.

That plan includes the addition of a brand new, privately funded $45 million football training facility and practice fields that will be voted on by the school’s governing board on Friday.

The two-story building and two practice fields with an adjoining drill area will be located at the east end of the existing Nutter Field House will be coupled with the already planned $110 million going into Commonwealth Stadium renovations.

http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2014/01/28/uk-planning-45-million-new-football-facility
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2014, 12:52:22 pm
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/78926/see-the-secs-snow-covered-stadiums

Link to a collection of pics of some of the SEC football fields covered in snow and/or ice.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2014, 10:25:07 pm
Sam Khan Jr. ‏@skhanjr  6h
Today BOR approved $16M upgrade of Bright Complex RT @aggiefblife: New Stadium | New Lockers
       A New Texas A&M pic.twitter.com/vtPkYNTPOy

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfQquCmCMAITU5s.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2014, 01:04:29 pm
UK planning $45 million new football facility

The new project, which is called “a comprehensive complex to support the entire football operation including Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Field House,” has a wide-ranging list of amenities.

They include: administrative offices, locker spaces, team meeting areas, training areas, high performance and weight room space, a hydrotherapy room, new locker rooms and lounge facilities, an academic lounge and student study area.

That plan includes the addition of a brand new, privately funded $45 million football training facility and practice fields that will be voted on by the school’s governing board on Friday.

The two-story building and two practice fields with an adjoining drill area will be located at the east end of the existing Nutter Field House will be coupled with the already planned $110 million going into Commonwealth Stadium renovations.

http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2014/01/28/uk-planning-45-million-new-football-facility

Board of Trustees Athletics Committee approved sending the proposal for the new football practice facility to the Finance Committee...

Mitch Barnhart was at the meeting this morning, and said that plans are also in the works to upgrade the tennis facility and baseball stadium.  Mark Stoops was scheduled to attend, but was “under the weather.” (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/the-new-football-practice-facility-clears-the-first-hurdle)

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Jen Smith ‏@jenheraldleader  12m
The new $45 million practice facility has been approved by the full board with zero discussion.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2014, 04:36:01 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 8 hrs
With Kyle's field a massive dirt pile, Aggies in search of a site for spring game: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/college_sports/aggies/article/As-spring-game-looms-Aggies-search-for-venue-5191473.php

Pat Henry has pushed for a grand outdoor track complex for the past decade, to no avail to date for the coach who's brought multiple national titles to Aggieland. Such a venue with an expansive grandstand would come in handy right now for that most prominent of A&M sports: football.

The Aggies are without a home for their annual Maroon & White game this spring because of a $450 million ongoing renovation to Kyle Field. A&M's football stadium is without an east side lower deck — and even without a field, as the storied grounds are a massive dirt pile while being lowered 7 feet.

“With Kyle Field in the shape it's in, we've got to look for alternatives,” A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said Thursday. “And 'alternatives' mean all the way across the board.”

“Across the board” means potentially other A&M campus sites such as the program's practice fields, or perhaps Bryan High School's large stadium three miles from A&M.

“We've looked at all of those things, and what we'll end up coming up with is something that allows us to play the spring game based on SEC guidelines, and what the NCAA allows us to do,” Hyman said.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2014, 08:33:24 am
The War Eagle Reader ‏@wareaglereader  15h
Jordan-Hare Stadium featured in ad for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′: http://bit.ly/1bdSDZk  @SpiderManMovie

(http://www.thewareaglereader.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BfAfLbDCYAAb4TW.png)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2014, 05:00:08 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC  7h
Tennessee's meeting room in the Vols' new $45 million football complex.#signingday pic.twitter.com/Xz6UhCaIVG

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfuKrYuIIAAIL9h.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 09:36:29 pm
Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmerson  Feb 6
Story: Georgia to spend $12 million to renovate baseball field, while football indoor facility will have to wait.
http://www.macon.com/2014/02/06/2920787/uga-will-spend-12-million-to-renovate.html …

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ATHENS - Scott Stricklin's first season as Georgia's head baseball coach is already off to a good start, and the season opener is still a week away.

UGA will spend $12 million to renovate Foley Field, giving a much-needed jolt to the nearly 50-year-old facility. The UGA athletic board signed off on the project Thursday night.

McGarity said they didn't want to delay construction because of the expected new stadiums in Atlanta, for the Braves and Falcons, creating a better market for the construction market.

"We had to get in before they got started in Atlanta," McGarity said.

The timeline for beginning renovations is as soon as the 2014 season is over, with the goal of being complete by the 2015 season opener. The seating capacity will remain unchanged, at around 3,000, but there will be 75 club seats added behind home plate, and 125 in the press box.

The football full-length indoor practice facility was not on the radar.

(http://media.macon.com/smedia/2014/02/06/19/10/JBil2.AuSt.71.jpg)
Foley Field was built in 1966, and saw its last extensive renovation in 1990.
LESLEY ONSTOTT
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 10, 2014, 01:22:27 pm
My goodness....

http://www.nationofblue.com/video-of-new-rupp-arena
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: MikePiazza on February 10, 2014, 01:49:05 pm
Good thing is that it won't be ready until 2017-18 season and Malik Monk will already be a sophomore at Arkansas  ;D
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HF#1 on February 10, 2014, 01:52:32 pm
That's pretty impressive...  Very Kentucky-ish
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Breems on February 10, 2014, 02:41:57 pm
Meh. Camera adds 10 pounds.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Breems on February 10, 2014, 02:44:57 pm
Good thing is that it won't be ready until 2017-18 season and Malik Monk will already be a sophomore at Arkansas  ;D

Monk will be the first player to score 45+ in their new gym. He don't give a darn about $90 pretzels and fake cheese.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: CallThemHawgs! on February 10, 2014, 03:02:19 pm
Well, we certainly wont have the "Basketball Palace of Mid America" once thats finished...

Hot damn
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HawgAdvocate on February 10, 2014, 03:03:47 pm
Gotta keep up with Pitino and the Yum Center.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 10, 2014, 03:07:23 pm
Just so people know, Arkansas has a long-term plan to do something similar:

(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0037.jpg)

(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0035.jpg)

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HoustonwehaveaProblem on February 10, 2014, 03:13:38 pm
Looks like the upper deck got smaller to accommodate suites. I wonder if capacity will go down similar to what Tennessee did a few years back.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 10, 2014, 03:34:26 pm
Looks like the upper deck got smaller to accommodate suites. I wonder if capacity will go down similar to what Tennessee did a few years back.

The plans to remodel BWA call for the area in the lower sections behind the goals to be turned into suits. However, that may change and they may end up doing something like Tennessee where they remodel the upper deck, that is rarely used.

I wouldn't mind seeing something like this:

(http://www.s4dinc.com/architecture/05063_tba/tb01.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: soccerrunner on February 10, 2014, 03:40:57 pm
Rupp is not an on campus facility.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: GuvHog on February 10, 2014, 03:52:41 pm
The thing that differs Rupp from any other Home court Arena in the SEC (not counting WMS ::)) is the fact that Rupp isn't owned by The University of Kentucky, it's owned by the city of Lexington.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: dgfclt on February 10, 2014, 04:08:42 pm
My goodness....

http://www.nationofblue.com/video-of-new-rupp-arena

Because they can.  YUM in Louisville has outdone them so time to step it up. Must be nice.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: dgfclt on February 10, 2014, 04:09:32 pm
The plans to remodel BWA call for the area in the lower sections behind the goals to be turned into suits. However, that may change and they may end up doing something like Tennessee where they remodel the upper deck, that is rarely used.

I wouldn't mind seeing something like this:

(http://www.s4dinc.com/architecture/05063_tba/tb01.jpg)

Too much orange.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2014, 04:12:17 pm
Rupp Arena Redesign Plans Unveiled (embedded video at link) (http://www.wdrb.com/story/24681392/watch-live-rupp-arena-design-plans-to-be-unveiled-at-1-pm)

$310 million plan has not been approved by UK yet.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: OnTheHillHogFan on February 10, 2014, 04:37:06 pm
Looks like the upper deck got smaller to accommodate suites. I wonder if capacity will go down similar to what Tennessee did a few years back.
When the designs came out I think they said it would go down to about 17k
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: poloprince on February 10, 2014, 05:30:58 pm
Trash
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: sooiepig_12 on February 10, 2014, 11:28:05 pm
I hate Calipari, but man does that video not fire you up.  The kids from the holler playing in the freezing cold and snow.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Smithian on February 10, 2014, 11:55:58 pm
Kentucky is competing on a whole different level than Arkansas. It's depressing.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: BigBlueHell on February 11, 2014, 01:52:31 am
The thing that differs Rupp from any other Home court Arena in the SEC (not counting WMS ::)) is the fact that Rupp isn't owned by The University of Kentucky, it's owned by the city of Lexington.

And we the people of Lexington will be footing the bill.  I'm not a happy camper. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Beaverfever on February 11, 2014, 03:10:42 am
When the designs came out I think they said it would go down to about 17k
BWA could use a facelift more than higher capacity.  It's become kind of dim and dated. The suites are plain, the jumbotron/scoreboards are boring and uninformative, the lighting itself is poor.  The concourse and concessions are dull.  It's probably dreaming but a bunch of nice TV's with a couple swanky bars would be sweet when and if that is allowed.  The Fedex Forum is kind of what I'm imagining if you've been there.  I still have no idea why you don't get to watch a decent replay of the last play at the game.  Then they wonder why attendance is down.  At home I can watch the last play over and over again in high def if I like.  And for God's sake what does it take to get some decent college basketball updates.  All of that is putting the cart before the horse obviously.  We need to start winning first. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Birminghog on February 11, 2014, 09:07:24 am
Well, we certainly wont have the "Basketball Palace of Mid America" once thats finished...

Hot damn

Lexington isn't in Mid America. It will no doubt be very nice and attractive to recruits, but typically when these grandiose re-workings occur, the result is a place that is less imposing to visiting teams - more fans further from the court, etc. Hopefully, it will be paid for by investors, & bigbluehell & his friends won't be stuck with the bill.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HamIAm on February 11, 2014, 09:45:51 am
I'm sure it will be a nice arena. But two things about it that I am not a fan of:
1) the home court shoudn't be a multipurpose arena - the video showed rodeo and I think a monster truck rally or something similar.  Arenas with that type of space have the seats too far back from the court.  Your home basketball court should be a basketball arena.

2)The home court should be on-campus.  The video concept with all of the students filing in and waving flags was nice, but students shouldn't have to go across town to reach the game.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Boston RedHogs on February 11, 2014, 09:53:15 am
BWA could use a facelift more than higher capacity.  It's become kind of dim and dated. The suites are plain, the jumbotron/scoreboards are boring and uninformative, the lighting itself is poor.  The concourse and concessions are dull.  It's probably dreaming but a bunch of nice TV's with a couple swanky bars would be sweet when and if that is allowed.  The Fedex Forum is kind of what I'm imagining if you've been there.  I still have no idea why you don't get to watch a decent replay of the last play at the game.  Then they wonder why attendance is down.  At home I can watch the last play over and over again in high def if I like.  And for God's sake what does it take to get some decent college basketball updates.  All of that is putting the cart before the horse obviously.  We need to start winning first.


Totally agree.  BWA is 20 years old and is in desperate need of a refresh, both interior and exterior.

It's no longer the Basketball "Palace" of Mid-America.  It's simply the Basketball Court of Mid America.  BWA no longer WOWs.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HamIAm on February 11, 2014, 10:11:58 am

Totally agree.  BWA is 20 years old and is in desperate need of a refresh, both interior and exterior.

It's no longer the Basketball "Palace" of Mid-America.  It's simply the Basketball Court of Mid America.  BWA no longer WOWs.

I'm sure BWA needs some repairs and upgrades, but it no longer wows because we've had AD's, coaches, and teams that have killed all enthusiasm for the game.

Want to have season tickets?  Fork over money for a non-conference slate of the worst Division 1 teams money can buy. 

Want a road tested team ready for conference action?  Right after we maximize home revenues.  Money before basketball you know.

Want a conference road win? Go find Auburn and hope you're lucky.

Want the pep band to keep the crowd excitement up during time out? Well sure, just as soon as we squeeze in some more commercials.

Bud Walton could still have an atmosphere that few can match if the athletic department would start trying to maximize the product on the floor instead of the cash in the drawer.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: choppedporkextrasauce on February 11, 2014, 10:14:54 am
I hate Calipari, but man does that video not fire you up.  The kids from the holler playing in the freezing cold and snow.

Not really. A bunch of very bad cgi showinga revamped concourse. Wgaf. AAt the end of the day the product is on the floor.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: razorhead94 on February 11, 2014, 10:18:16 am
I'm sure BWA needs some repairs and upgrades, but it no longer wows because we've had AD's, coaches, and teams that have killed all enthusiasm for the game.

Want to have season tickets?  Fork over money for a non-conference slate of the worst Division 1 teams money can buy. 

Want a road tested team ready for conference action?  Right after we maximize home revenues.  Money before basketball you know.

Want a conference road win? Go find Auburn and hope you're lucky.

Want the pep band to keep the crowd excitement up during time out? Well sure, just as soon as we squeeze in some more commercials.

Bud Walton could still have an atmosphere that few can match if the athletic department would start trying to maximize the product on the floor instead of the cash in the drawer.

+100
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 11, 2014, 10:39:03 am
They have done a good job remodeling the concourse at BWA. All of the light up boards have been updated and they have flat screens above the concession stands.

As I've stated in other threads, the next project needs to be cleaning up the rafters. We need to make it where when people look up into the rafters, they understand the history of Arkansas basketball in less than 15 seconds. Imagine looking up and seeing 6 Final Four banners in a row, then retired jerseys, then the National Championship banner, then a banner listing all our conference championships.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: razorcash2 on February 11, 2014, 10:48:18 am
Monk will be the first player to score 45+ in their new gym. He don't give a darn about $90 pretzels and fake cheese.
...and wine.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: MountieDawg on February 11, 2014, 11:02:42 am
Monk will be the first player to score 45+ in their new gym. He don't give a darn about $90 pretzels and fake cheese.

But he might be lured by the Locker Room...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u89SizWxCo

Or the Wildcat Coal Lodge
Or The Indoor Practice Facility
Or the 8 NCAA Banners
Or all the Media attention you get a UK

In all honesty, if you are competing with Kentucky you just have to hope the kid grew up dreaming about being a HOG!

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Boston RedHogs on February 11, 2014, 11:37:42 am
I'm sure BWA needs some repairs and upgrades, but it no longer wows because we've had AD's, coaches, and teams that have killed all enthusiasm for the game.

Want to have season tickets?  Fork over money for a non-conference slate of the worst Division 1 teams money can buy. 

Want a road tested team ready for conference action?  Right after we maximize home revenues.  Money before basketball you know.

Want a conference road win? Go find Auburn and hope you're lucky.

Want the pep band to keep the crowd excitement up during time out? Well sure, just as soon as we squeeze in some more commercials.

Bud Walton could still have an atmosphere that few can match if the athletic department would start trying to maximize the product on the floor instead of the cash in the drawer.


I'm not talking about the atmosphere.  I'm talking about the bricks and mortar only.  And yes, BWA no longer WOWs in that department.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: azhog10 on February 11, 2014, 12:03:24 pm

Want a conference road win? Go find Auburn or Vandy and hope you're lucky.

FIFY
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Amityvillehogger on February 11, 2014, 01:09:30 pm
Wowah.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Mr. Porkleone on February 11, 2014, 01:26:12 pm
I hate Calipari, but man does that video not fire you up.  The kids from the holler playing in the freezing cold and snow.

Hate is a nasty word.

-1
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The Boar War on February 11, 2014, 02:09:12 pm

2)The home court should be on-campus.  The video concept with all of the students filing in and waving flags was nice, but students shouldn't have to go across town to reach the game.

Most of them probably don't live on campus.  Regardless Rupp's only about a mile off campus.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggycronopolis on February 11, 2014, 03:26:41 pm
Good night of livin'... That's hot. I HATEEE Kentucky (as Arkansas fans should. Especially if the natural order of things were restored)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: MikePiazza on February 11, 2014, 04:12:35 pm
Arkansas won the first two times it played UK in there and hasn't won since.

How glorious it would be to go in there on the 27th and win.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Atlhogfan1 on February 11, 2014, 04:22:13 pm
I'm sure BWA needs some repairs and upgrades, but it no longer wows because we've had AD's, coaches, and teams that have killed all enthusiasm for the game.

Want to have season tickets?  Fork over money for a non-conference slate of the worst Division 1 teams money can buy. 

Want a road tested team ready for conference action?  Right after we maximize home revenues.  Money before basketball you know.

Want a conference road win? Go find Auburn and hope you're lucky.

Want the pep band to keep the crowd excitement up during time out? Well sure, just as soon as we squeeze in some more commercials.

Bud Walton could still have an atmosphere that few can match if the athletic department would start trying to maximize the product on the floor instead of the cash in the drawer.

What some of us remember as our home game atmosphere is dead.  IMO, when they do the remodel they should fix one of the mistakes made when the arena was built- give the students their place back courtside from baseline to baseline at least in the pull out section.  Get them back courtside as we once were.  What Robken built, what was built in Barnhill and somewhat taken to BWA has been lost.  And if they are going to go more corporate with more premium seating, do so while also bringing the students back to the court. 

Lowering capacity is probably a good idea.  Create more of a sense of urgency to buy tickets and to keep season tickets. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hoggish1 on February 11, 2014, 04:59:26 pm
I'm sure it will be a nice arena. But two things about it that I am not a fan of:
1) the home court shoudn't be a multipurpose arena - the video showed rodeo and I think a monster truck rally or something similar.  Arenas with that type of space have the seats too far back from the court.  Your home basketball court should be a basketball arena.

2)The home court should be on-campus.  The video concept with all of the students filing in and waving flags was nice, but students shouldn't have to go across town to reach the game.

First ¶:  They already have all that stuff @ the current Rupp

2nd ¶: Rupp is very close to campus, as it is.  At KY it's about the fans and not so much the students, tho there is good attendance by students, as it is and a huge student waiting list that will never be fully accommodated.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: azhog10 on February 11, 2014, 05:26:08 pm
Arkansas won the first two times it played UK in there and hasn't won since.

How glorious it would be to go in there on the 27th and win.
Couldn't come at a better time!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Boston RedHogs on February 11, 2014, 06:00:39 pm
What some of us remember as our home game atmosphere is dead.  IMO, when they do the remodel they should fix one of the mistakes made when the arena was built- give the students their place back courtside from baseline to baseline at least in the pull out section.  Get them back courtside as we once were.  What Robken built, what was built in Barnhill and somewhat taken to BWA has been lost.  And if they are going to go more corporate with more premium seating, do so while also bringing the students back to the court. 

Lowering capacity is probably a good idea.  Create more of a sense of urgency to buy tickets and to keep season tickets.


^^^Precisely this.  The students on The Hill now are being somewhat robbed of the experience given how BWA has been commercialized.  Part of what made Barnhill special (beyond the teams) was the organization of the students.  Going to a basketball game back then was a production and I know many students now feel that it still is, which is cute, but it's not even close.  (Insert team success argument right here by any UofA student from 1997-present)

Prime real estate should go to the students first.  They are the loudest, most rabid faction of any fanbase and we should put them as close to the court as possible.  This is a MUST.  It should have never been taken away in the first place.  I think they made a big first step by getting rid of press row and allocating some prime/behind the backboard seats back to the students but there needs to be more.

Secondly, more organization from the student section is in desperate need.  They do a good job.  Not a great one.  There are a lot of smart and creative kids on The Hill.  Between the student body and Booster Club, there needs to be an emphasis put on organization throughout the game.....not just during the announcement of the starters (The "Who's She" chants are nice and nostalgic, but lack creativity as they've been in use for YEARS) or when a player fouls out (left, right, left, right.....again cute, but many other teams do it and not very much creativity).

The Booster Club President should appoint someone whose sole focus is delivering the Razorback Basketball Gameday Experience.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on February 11, 2014, 08:34:49 pm
The thing that differs Rupp from any other Home court Arena in the SEC (not counting WMS ::)) is the fact that Rupp isn't owned by The University of Kentucky, it's owned by the city of Lexington.

Thank you. Excellent point.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: PORKULATOR on February 11, 2014, 08:40:32 pm
It's still gonna be named after a racially intolerant guy named Adolph. Thats some serious turd polishing.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 11, 2014, 09:13:41 pm
It's still gonna be named after a racially intolerant guy named Adolph. Thats some serious turd polishing.

And most of our founding fathers had slaves. Should we "hate" them because of their "intolerance?"
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Rooster Hogburn on February 11, 2014, 09:25:46 pm
Just so people know, Arkansas has a long-term plan to do something similar:

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So that is what all the income from the ribbon board and increased ticket prices has been going toward. Makes sense now, and well worth it.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Rooster Hogburn on February 11, 2014, 09:27:41 pm
The plans to remodel BWA call for the area in the lower sections behind the goals to be turned into suits. However, that may change and they may end up doing something like Tennessee where they remodel the upper deck, that is rarely used.

I wouldn't mind seeing something like this:

(http://www.s4dinc.com/architecture/05063_tba/tb01.jpg)
How'd they afford this without a ribbon board?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 11, 2014, 09:54:37 pm
So that is what all the income from the ribbon board and increased ticket prices has been going toward. Makes sense now, and well worth it.

The expansion of the concourse is needed more for events other than basketball,  like the Walmart shareholders meeting and concerts. One thought put out there was that after the practice facility gets built, it will open up BWA for other events to bring in revenue.

How'd they afford this without a ribbon board?

When you add all those luxury boxes, you dont need ribbon boards.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RAZ FAN on February 11, 2014, 09:57:53 pm
Yes it is nice to have a beautiful updated arena, but that's not what draws players or helps get wins as much as the atmosphere and fans do. A great practice facility may help bring players but not the arena you play in 12-15 times a yr at KY. I Have been to Rupp on many occasions and it is a dump compared to BWA as it is today. From concessions, bathrooms, hallways, seating etc.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Foshodo on February 12, 2014, 03:14:42 am
woah... you mean buildings can be designed with some imagination? who knew after all these boxes that have been planned to be built for the hogs... architecture anyone?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on February 12, 2014, 07:04:40 am
The expansion of the concourse is needed more for events other than basketball,  like the Walmart shareholders meeting and concerts. One thought put out there was that after the practice facility gets built, it will open up BWA for other events to bring in revenue.

When you add all those luxury boxes, you dont need ribbon boards.

Concerts?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 12, 2014, 07:08:28 am
Concerts?

With BWA not required so much for practice, the hope is to open it up for big attractions like concerts to help bring extra money into the athletic program.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Smithian on February 12, 2014, 07:43:27 am
The expansion of the concourse is needed more for events other than basketball,  like the Walmart shareholders meeting and concerts. One thought put out there was that after the practice facility gets built, it will open up BWA for other events to bring in revenue.
We agree major renovations needs at Bud Walton. It's a good facility, but we're shooting for better than "good" at Arkansas.

My question is some of those renovations like labor intensive. I think the seating work can be finished pretty quickly, but if they're remaking half the concourse I'm not sure how they'll be able to host games there and there is no local arena where games could be held in the interim. Do you think I am overestimating how major the concourse work is?

And before someone pops in and talks about Barnhill, a better scenario would be playing the first several games in Verizon Arena while offseason work is finished. Barnhill would need work before they could even use it for basketball.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 12, 2014, 08:54:58 am
We agree major renovations needs at Bud Walton. It's a good facility, but we're shooting for better than "good" at Arkansas.

My question is some of those renovations like labor intensive. I think the seating work can be finished pretty quickly, but if they're remaking half the concourse I'm not sure how they'll be able to host games there and there is no local arena where games could be held in the interim. Do you think I am overestimating how major the concourse work is?

And before someone pops in and talks about Barnhill, a better scenario would be playing the first several games in Verizon Arena while offseason work is finished. Barnhill would need work before they could even use it for basketball.

most of the concourse construction can take place on the outside of BWA. Then when you're ready for completion you can blow through the walls and finish it up pretty quickly. I think you could time it where the most intensive construction can take place between March and October. like do the foundation work from November to March and then the rest between March and October which will put you ready for the next season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: (notOM)Rebel123 on February 12, 2014, 09:01:46 am
With BWA not required so much for practice, the hope is to open it up for big attractions like concerts to help bring extra money into the athletic program.


When BWA was built, there was talk of it being a concert venue as well.
Hopefully the practice facility will open the door for such events.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2014, 08:40:50 pm
Rupp Arena Redesign Plans Unveiled (embedded video at link) (http://www.wdrb.com/story/24681392/watch-live-rupp-arena-design-plans-to-be-unveiled-at-1-pm)

$310 million plan has not been approved by UK yet.

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https://twitter.com/ASmithRivals/status/432961866797572097

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2014, 11:22:56 am
C-L Sports ‏@CLSports ·39 mins
New MSU blog post: Mississippi State placing final touches on Dudy Noble Field for Friday's opener http://on.thec-l.com/1kERQZQ  #hailstate

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BgXUoYaIgAAAzdv.jpg)

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(http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/files/2014/02/20140201_140122.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2014, 07:11:43 pm
Bruce Feldman ‏@BFeldmanCBS  5h
Texas A&M will not have a spring game this year or next due to the construction of Kyle Field.

(http://kylefield.com/sites/default/files/styles/gallery_full/public/gallery-images/IMG_0986.jpg)
Feb. 6, 2014 http://kylefield.com/photogalleries
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 16, 2014, 07:31:13 am
Jerry Tipton with more on Rupp Arena renovation plans (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/02/15/3090839/tipton-rupp-renovations-a-fait.html)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 16, 2014, 06:02:19 pm
Drone gives view of construction of Houston's new stadium.

Skyhawk Videos

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2014, 08:09:17 pm
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Halliburton: artistic rendering of the main scoreboard at Kyle Field

Not only will the refurbished Kyle Field be the largest in the state [aka nation], officials said it also will feature the largest scoreboard... (http://www.statesman.com/weblogs/12th-word-tamu/2014/feb/18/aggies-will-sport-nations-largest-scoreboard)

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Tejas has the current largest collegiate scoreboard in our nation, a square footage total of 7,370. A&M's scoreboard has a square footage of 7,661.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 20, 2014, 06:26:29 pm
(http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/lt/lt_cache/thumbnail/610/img/photos/2014/02/18/30/91/aggiescoreboard.jpg)
Halliburton: artistic rendering of the main scoreboard at Kyle Field

Not only will the refurbished Kyle Field be the largest in the state [aka nation], officials said it also will feature the largest scoreboard... (http://www.statesman.com/weblogs/12th-word-tamu/2014/feb/18/aggies-will-sport-nations-largest-scoreboard)


Aggie yell leaders like it large……………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2014, 03:13:18 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports  2h
Experience the party (and beer funnels) in Alabama's new outfield seats (video) http://ow.ly/tTnZt

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2014, 11:12:28 pm
$14.5 million approved to upgrade area around Williams-Brice

USC trustees approved a $14.5 million makeover on Friday to swap the asphalt parking lots around the stadium with tree-lined brick walkways.

The pedestrian-friendly plaza should reduce the amount of crowding around the 80,250-seat stadium for fans who weaved through cars and television trucks and shuffled along some narrow pathways, school officials said.
 (http://www.thestate.com/2014/02/21/3282866/145-million-approved-to-makeover.html)

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"It sort of gives you the feel of an industrial area (now) and when we’re finished, you’re going to feel like you’re in a garden or a theme park," USC athletics director Ray Tanner said.

Work is scheduled to begin after the end of next football season and open in time for kickoff in 2015, school architect Derek Gruner told trustees.

The Gamecocks have shelled out more than $50 million around the stadium and on football facilities in recent years as the program has improved under head coach Steve Spurrier. The team went a Southeastern Conference championship game and collected three straight 11-win seasons.

USC spent $30 million to transform the former State Farmers Market on Bluff Road across from the stadium into a 3,000-space tailgating lot called Gamecock Park. Donors contributed to pay for a new $6 million video scoreboard in the stadium. The school is building $17 million in new indoor and outdoor football practice facilities at the back of Gamecock Park.

The projects were paid mainly with bonds backed by revenue from ticket sales and broadcast fees as well as donations.

"High quality has a price," USC trustee Chuck Allen, a former Gamecock football player, said.

A statue of George Rogers has been mentioned.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2014, 09:30:49 am
Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL ·1 hr
New Ole Miss blog post: What's important about stadium news http://on.thec-l.com/1jtKrd9  #olemiss

Move to more premium seating v. more seating in total

OXFORD — If you missed it, the College Board approved Ole Miss’ plans to pay AECOM Technology Corp. $2.4 million to design the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium expansion.

The group also designed the new basketball arena, and is probably best known in the sports world as having been behind Seattle’s CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahawks).

But a few paragraphs into this AP story comes the news that is important about the north endzone expansion:

Campbell said the university has already sold 30 new suites, and might build even more. He said the school doesn’t know how many seats it will add to the stadium or how much the project will cost.

The emphasis in sports venues is on premium seating. Did you notice those endzone corner plaza areas at Vaught-Hemingway this year? You’re not buying that seat to have a great view of the game: you’re looking through and around 150 football players, coaches, trainers and cheerleaders for most of the field. You buy that area to say you were right there when Laquon Treadwell caught that touchdown to beat Team X.

It’s the same with suites. Ole Miss seems to be much less focused on the total number of seats in the stadium, and making the ones they do add valuable (and, therefore, easy to sell). As the HDTV experience continues to grow and makes not coming to Oxford that much easier, Ole Miss and its peers have to do something. Schools like Ole Miss have just decided that answer is premium seating, instead of adding 10,000 extra seats that look good on paper but are difficult to sell.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2014, 09:37:26 am
Matthew Harris ‏@MHarrisAdvocate ·14 hrs
Just offed my first skeeter of the season at Alex Box. And so it begins. from Baton Rouge, LA
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 25, 2014, 06:18:56 pm
Muschamp says indoor practice facility not a pressing need for Gators. Would know.

"Certainly the renovation of the O’Connell Center is really important. And I think we’re going to redo our academic facility for the student athletes. I think those things are more important right now than an indoor practice facility." (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/swamp-things/os-muschamp-says-indoor-practice-facility-not-a-pressing-need-for-gators-20140224,0,6308028.post)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2014, 02:43:42 pm
Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate  20h
Just another day at the office for Keegan Thompson: pic.twitter.com/84Vernotag

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Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate  5h
@TigerlandAU Clock is inoperable. They didn’t want the time to be wrong, so they removed the hands.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2014, 07:40:55 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  1h
Chilly -- but dry -- night at Riverwalk Stadium, site of the Capital City Classic. Alabama-Auburn coming up at 7 pic.twitter.com/18XS7FOhRj

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Home to the Montgomery Biscuits
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on March 06, 2014, 06:12:58 am
Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate  20h
Just another day at the office for Keegan Thompson: pic.twitter.com/84Vernotag

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bhrev0XCEAICWte.jpg)

Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate  5h
@TigerlandAU Clock is inoperable. They didn’t want the time to be wrong, so they removed the hands.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day........ 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2014, 06:36:50 pm
D.C. Reeves ‏@_DCReeves  Mar 7
The new right field plaza has changed the game for #Alabama, its students … and opposing right fielders. Story (free) http://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1617389 …
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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2014, 06:43:32 pm
Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande  23h
Few hundred cooler-carrying students turned away from ‘Right Field Rager’ section at Alabama baseball game (photos) http://ow.ly/umSgo

Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande  20h
FWIW, the complaining Alabama students left out of the RF seats still had free access to LF bleachers http://bit.ly/O3WHG2

Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande  3h
Alabama releases statement about new rules in right-field baseball seating http://ow.ly/unO39
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 17, 2014, 07:52:15 pm
MrSEC on new Ole Miss basketball facility and retaining/hiring a coach (http://mrsec.com/2014/03/ole-miss-kennedy-plays-rumors-interest-south-florida)

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The Tad Pad is finally set to be replaced, but the new venue will seat just 9,500 (disadvantage)...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 19, 2014, 08:59:55 pm
Pod Katt ‏@valleyshook  6h
GIMME RT @McMurphyESPN: LSU selling about 100 lockers from football locker room b/w 96-13 “as is” for $3,950 each pic.twitter.com/LOFU8q7lSZ

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjHNEEJCQAA88UE.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 20, 2014, 11:04:38 am
Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande  23h
Few hundred cooler-carrying students turned away from ‘Right Field Rager’ section at Alabama baseball game (photos) http://ow.ly/umSgo

Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande  20h
FWIW, the complaining Alabama students left out of the RF seats still had free access to LF bleachers http://bit.ly/O3WHG2

Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande  3h
Alabama releases statement about new rules in right-field baseball seating http://ow.ly/unO39

Outfield seating issues? Where have I heard that before?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 20, 2014, 11:05:46 am
Pod Katt ‏@valleyshook  6h
GIMME RT @McMurphyESPN: LSU selling about 100 lockers from football locker room b/w 96-13 “as is” for $3,950 each pic.twitter.com/LOFU8q7lSZ

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjHNEEJCQAA88UE.jpg)

Send them to the county jail so their players will feel right at home………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2014, 01:42:17 pm
Of course, all of this is subject to change/modifications:

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(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0035.jpg)

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2014, 05:08:59 pm
The Rupp Arena renovation project update:

Kentucky Senate dropped $65 million in bond debt as part of a cutback in projects. That $65 milli was to go toward improving Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center, a project that carries an estimated $310 million price tag. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/not-good-news-kentucky-senate-drops-65-million-for-rupp-arena-from-budget)

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2014, 09:06:24 am
The Rupp Arena renovation project update:

Kentucky Senate dropped $65 million in bond debt as part of a cutback in projects. That $65 milli was to go toward improving Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center, a project that carries an estimated $310 million price tag. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/not-good-news-kentucky-senate-drops-65-million-for-rupp-arena-from-budget)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/rupp10.jpg)

Bill to raise hotel, motel tax for Rupp project faces an uphill battle, senators say

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/03/27/3165269/bill-to-raise-hotel-motel-tax.html

3 days left in the Legislative session.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2014, 07:56:20 am
The Rupp Arena renovation project update:

Kentucky Senate dropped $65 million in bond debt as part of a cutback in projects. That $65 milli was to go toward improving Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center, a project that carries an estimated $310 million price tag. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/not-good-news-kentucky-senate-drops-65-million-for-rupp-arena-from-budget)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- State lawmakers failed to produce the 65-million dollars needed to renovate Rupp Arena.

As WKYT- TV reports, Mayor Jim Gray got right to the point yesterday when he told legislators how important he believes state funding is for the Rupp Arena renovation.

"If the General assembly in this session failed to give you a way forward, to keep moving this project along, what would be the results?" Gray said.

Legislators pressed Gray for details on other aspects of the financing plan, including how much the University of Kentucky would be putting toward the project. Gray said those details weren't public yet.

After meeting until the early morning hours today, lawmakers announced the $65M in state bonds Governor Steve Beshear had proposed in January are not included, though there is some money...

http://www.wdrb.com/story/25113228/state-budget-cuts-out-funds-for-rupp-arena-renovation
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 01:18:34 pm
Emily Lane ‏@emilymlane ·22h
#LSU lakes restoration has storied history, passionate advocates @brnola http://www.nola.com/news/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/04/lsu_lakes_restoration_has_stor.html …

The LSU lakes still reflect swaths of orange and pink from lingering sunsets. The paths abutting the shorelines still provide shade from trees with Spanish moss hanging like tinsel over its visitors. And pelicans still strike awe as they slow their flight to their daily respite at the mirror-like pools.

But during the upcoming summer months, the most activity Baton Rouge residents are likely to see -- and smell -- on the water’s surface is the bellies of dead fish bobbing subtly like corks that might have been used in the past to help catch them. “It should be an area that’s full of life,” said David Plauche, a 58-year-old lifelong resident of the lakes area. “It’s gotten worse over the years.”

Rubbernecking travelers on Interstate 10 marvel at the beauty of the lakes -- the singular place in a college town within a commuter city where students in Greek-lettered T-shirts or college paraphernalia coexist with the city’s longtime residents toting dog leashes or pushing strollers.

But the lakes in their current state are dying -- returning to the state of swampland from which they were originally formed.


In 2001,LSU, under direction of Chancellor Mark Emmert, looked into lakes restoration and concluded the landscape architect Cox’s master plan needed to include dredging.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 01:21:29 pm
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred ·1h
Stokely demolition likely to start in May; News Sentinel to commemorate building http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/apr/02/stokely-demolition-likely-to-start-in-may-news/ …


Predecessor to Thompson-Boling Arena.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 03:28:20 pm
http://www.athleticbusiness.com/stadium-arena/facility-madness-2014-at-large-region.html

Get in there and help BWA win this tournament!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 03:58:01 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner ·3 hrs
Mississippi State’s latest addition during the Davis Wade Stadium renovation | MSU football http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2014/04/02/mississippi-states-latest-addition-during-the-davis-wade-stadium-renovation/ …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 03:58:55 pm
Matthew Harris ‏@MHarrisAdvocate ·1h
None with the first name Paige. RT @Dave_Matter: Alden says Mizzou is going to let fans name the new upper deck at Memorial Stadium. Ideas?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2014, 09:42:40 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman ·15 hrs
Latest glance at Kyle Field redo -- the NE corner: pic.twitter.com/XYtYYUYvrb

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkQT_QxIAAI4Ucq.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2014, 10:06:40 am
Joe Sonka ‏@joesonka ·27m
[KY Gov Steve] Beshear tells @KySportsRadio that Lexington deserves Rupp Arena funding, only fair after what govt spent on Louisville, Yum! Center. #kyga14
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on April 03, 2014, 10:15:35 am
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner ·3 hrs
Mississippi State’s latest addition during the Davis Wade Stadium renovation | MSU football http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2014/04/02/mississippi-states-latest-addition-during-the-davis-wade-stadium-renovation/ …

We need to get a light up sign on the outside of our jumbotron to light up at night.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 03, 2014, 07:07:17 pm
Emily Lane ‏@emilymlane ·22h
#LSU lakes restoration has storied history, passionate advocates @brnola http://www.nola.com/news/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/04/lsu_lakes_restoration_has_stor.html …

The LSU lakes still reflect swaths of orange and pink from lingering sunsets. The paths abutting the shorelines still provide shade from trees with Spanish moss hanging like tinsel over its visitors. And pelicans still strike awe as they slow their flight to their daily respite at the mirror-like pools.

But during the upcoming summer months, the most activity Baton Rouge residents are likely to see -- and smell -- on the water’s surface is the bellies of dead fish bobbing subtly like corks that might have been used in the past to help catch them. “It should be an area that’s full of life,” said David Plauche, a 58-year-old lifelong resident of the lakes area. “It’s gotten worse over the years.”

Rubbernecking travelers on Interstate 10 marvel at the beauty of the lakes -- the singular place in a college town within a commuter city where students in Greek-lettered T-shirts or college paraphernalia coexist with the city’s longtime residents toting dog leashes or pushing strollers.

But the lakes in their current state are dying -- returning to the state of swampland from which they were originally formed.


In 2001,LSU, under direction of Chancellor Mark Emmert, looked into lakes restoration and concluded the landscape architect Cox’s master plan needed to include dredging.

Emmert is good at dredging……………………………….. He's been dredging muck at the NCAA office for years now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2014, 07:05:57 am
As part of his 2015 budget address, Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday proposed that the city authorize $40 million in debt for a $310 million renovation of Rupp Arena and attached convention center. Gray said the Urban County Council could authorize the bonds this year but would not have to make debt payments until 2016. The payments would be about $2 million a year.

"Yes, this is a significant investment ... and it's the single best opportunity we have to create jobs — and a return on this investment," Gray told the council during his fourth budget address. He described it as "affordable" and said it "allows the city to continue to invest in all of the services we provide."
 
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/08/3186059/grays-2015-budget-proposal-asks.html

(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2014/02/14/17/57/WqEBS.AuSt.79.jpeg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2014, 10:44:46 am
Razorback Baseball ‏@RazorbackBSB ·16 hrs
The Razorbacks are getting some work in at Alex Box Stadium...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bk5h25hCYAAFq2Q.jpg)
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Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2014, 03:12:05 pm
Kendall Rogers ‏@KendallRogersPG  Apr 11
My #MSState outfield setup award goes to the guy with the custom door on a storage shed. Tiki bar second place. pic.twitter.com/bNC37bCr5Q

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bk9I7XZIAAA02mS.jpg)

MSU Baseball ‏@HailStateBB  18h
Tonight's attendance: 13,224. The seventh-largest crowd in the history of Dudy Noble Field. The largest Friday crowd in MSU history.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on April 12, 2014, 04:08:38 pm
Kendall Rogers ‏@KendallRogersPG  Apr 11
My #MSState outfield setup award goes to the guy with the custom door on a storage shed. Tiki bar second place. pic.twitter.com/bNC37bCr5Q

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bk9I7XZIAAA02mS.jpg)

MSU Baseball ‏@HailStateBB  18h
Tonight's attendance: 13,224. The seventh-largest crowd in the history of Dudy Noble Field. The largest Friday crowd in MSU history.

Is this on campus?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2014, 04:10:12 pm
Is this on campus?  8)

Yes
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2014, 07:10:34 pm
MSU Baseball ‏@HailStateBB  58m
Here's an overhead look at the largest on-campus crowd in college baseball history - 15,586. #SBW2014 #HailState pic.twitter.com/UyYlUsx1Sh

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlDqC7VCAAI2GhM.jpg)

Will Chandler ‏@willchandler2  3h
Never watched a game at Dudy Noble like this before. Thankful for the minitron. @HailStateBB pic.twitter.com/X97kWIVPih

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlDIJFACEAAPT3G.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 14, 2014, 08:43:55 am
Kyle Niblett ‏@KyleNiblett ·17 hrs
Today's Attendance: 10,371. The total of 39,181 is a new @NCAACWS on-campus attendance record for a three-game series. Average of 13,060.

Ole Miss at Mississippi State baseball series.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2014, 07:34:01 pm
As part of his 2015 budget address, Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday proposed that the city authorize $40 million in debt for a $310 million renovation of Rupp Arena and attached convention center. Gray said the Urban County Council could authorize the bonds this year but would not have to make debt payments until 2016. The payments would be about $2 million a year.

"Yes, this is a significant investment ... and it's the single best opportunity we have to create jobs — and a return on this investment," Gray told the council during his fourth budget address. He described it as "affordable" and said it "allows the city to continue to invest in all of the services we provide."
 
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/08/3186059/grays-2015-budget-proposal-asks.html

(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2014/02/14/17/57/WqEBS.AuSt.79.jpeg)

The $65 million Rupp Arena renovation project was left out of the new state budget deal.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/65-million-for-rupp-renovation-left-out-of-new-state-budget-deal
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2014, 04:32:30 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  5h
Starting tour of the east side renovation of Memorial Stadium. Exec Assoc AD Tim Hickman: project on pace for completion in time for season

View from top row of new outdoor premium seating #Mizzou

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlmLw0NCcAAfkHF.jpg)

View from the top row of new upper deck

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlmO6LpIMAAU5Lj.jpg)

Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  5h
The new upper deck will contain 4,200 seats. Projected capacity for 2014 will be back around 71,000 range - similar to pre-2013 figure
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2014, 04:12:32 pm
(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/reseating/wp-content/themes/reseating/images/stadiumback-new.jpg)

Davis Wade Stadium reseating process is on-going
http://www.msubulldogclub.com/reseating
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 11:38:41 am
Jen Smith ‏@jenheraldleader ·20 hrs
UK sends out some "pardon our dust" tweets about spring game construction. Here is an update: http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2014/04/25/game-day-operations-updates-for-blue-white/ …

Also, the video and ribbon boards at the stadium will not be functional.



A&M did not have a spring game.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2014, 07:47:31 am
Michael Bonner @MikeBBonner  ·  12h 
The sight here behind the Hump as the first responders from Louisville will stay on Starkville

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmbdDsxCAAAMgRe.jpg)


When the facilities become staging and housing areas for relief workers during disasters.


 Niel Stopczynski @NielStopczynski  ·  Apr 28 
Definitely watching debris from Louisville tornados fall onto Leo Seal Football Complex parking lot
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 04:02:48 pm
(http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/26/41/43/5904633/9/960x540.jpg)
Photo By TAMU/Handout

Here is a rendering of Kyle Field after it is renovated. The new and improved stadium is slated to seat 102,500, and Texas A&M officials are hoping it will be completed by August 2015.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2014, 01:20:07 pm
Parrish Alford ‏@parrishalford May 1

#OleMiss coach Hugh Freeze is confident in the fund-raising plan for north end zone work. http://insideolemisssports.com/2014/05/01/freeze-confident-fund-raising-north-end-zone …

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When the Rebel Road Trip made its Tupelo stop a couple of weeks ago Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said the school’s capital campaign was roughly $10 million away from having the $120 million he hopes to secure before beginning work on the bowling in of the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Bjork said he’s hopeful the money can be raised and that work can begin on the stadium after this season. If not, work would begin after the 2015 season.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Wednesday said he’s confident in the approach of the UMAA Foundation team trying to secure the funds.

“We’ve made a lot of progress. I’m confident they have a great plan in place. They’re working hard on that, and hopefully it will fall right in line. I know my strengths and weaknesses and rarely get involved in those discussions,” Freeze said.

When Freeze took the job following the 2011 season he said the first priority was improving the indoor practice facility which has since been named the Manning Center.

“When I first got here I was very vocal that the first thing we needed to do was what we’ve done with the $15 million in renovations with the new locker room, the nutrition center, the weight room, team room and those things. That was the priority for me over the stadium.”

With those enhancements in place it’s time to focus on the stadium, Freeze said.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 03, 2014, 04:01:34 pm
UGA FACILITIES ‏@UGAFACILITIES 
@FootballUGA has a nice new @FieldTurf yard to play in pic.twitter.com/HJK14Nrzhb

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmUtB0JIcAAfi9J.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2014, 01:11:54 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  23h
Certain day like today is what @Bill_Byrne and Rob Childress and others had in mind when adding berms to Olsen Field: pic.twitter.com/0s8Tn4tGWl

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bmu44S8CQAAd5qx.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 13, 2014, 10:27:59 am
http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/9115207-123/joe-alleva-says-expansion-may

AD Joe Alleva says Tiger Stadium's current stadium to over 100,000 seats will likely be the last.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 13, 2014, 11:22:02 pm
Rename Kyle after Manziel?

A&M regent Jim Schwertner says Johnny Manziel is a big reason for the $450M Kyle Field overhaul.


http://www.expressnews.com/sports/college_sports/aggies/article/A-M-Regent-Rename-Kyle-after-Manziel-5472822.php

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 09:15:32 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  8h

Former Texas A&M LB @onlyoneSP on 'House That Johnny Built': 'I'll never go to another game if they do that' http://tinyurl.com/mpdkcy5

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A&M regent Jim Schwertner said earlier this week that he hopes Kyle field in College Station is renamed "Kyle Field: The House that Johnny Built."

Not everyone agrees.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said, per The Dallas Morning News, "I bet you make some press on that one."

Perhaps the sharpest criticism came from former Aggie linebacker Sean Porter, now with the Bengals, who said he would never go to another game if the name actually happens...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 09:46:27 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman May 12

Getting a feel for how enclosed Kyle Field will be with the south end zone rising: pic.twitter.com/WhDq3MZUZb

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BndkuHCCQAI5OTv.jpg)

Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman May 12

Kyle Field project manager Greg McClure: Should be adding grass to field in early August, home opener is Sept. 6 vs. Lamar.

Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman May 12

A&M regent Jim Schwertner said he's dead serious about wanting Kyle named: Kyle Field: The House that Johnny Built.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 07:20:18 pm
Bo Mattingly ‏@SportsTalkwBo 3h

Former Texas A&M and Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill on “The House that Johnny Built”: It’d be like putting “The House that Houston Nutt Built” at Ark. A lot of ppl come thru programs.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2014, 09:02:03 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h
Alabama closes out the old Sewell-Thomas Stadium with victory over Mississippi State…

(http://media.247sports.com/Uploads/Assets/518/140/1140518.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2014, 09:24:15 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  6h
Giving y'all a bit of an idea of what south end of Kyle Field will look like -- poking over top of McFerrin Center: pic.twitter.com/xyjNeTZ3oK

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bn3Jt9EIUAAraZd.jpg)

The very top of that steel structure is the new video board.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2014, 07:53:41 am
I love this rendering of the Rupp redesign in large part because it includes a guy in jean shorts for no explainable reason

The Rupp Arena redesign project likely took a turn for the worse today as a Bluegrass Poll showed that 75% of the state’s population think that the state should not spend $80 million on the project. The question was asked to 1700 residents of Kentucky over the past weekend... (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/rupp-arena-project-gets-bad-poll-numbers)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/209876-0-600-600x409.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2014, 02:19:13 pm
Thomas Goldkamp ‏@Goldkamp247 2h
Jeremy Foley: "Intent is to gut (O'Dome) & build new facility inside ... People will not recognize it when they go inside, that's the goal."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2014, 07:09:34 am
Keeping up with the Sabans:

AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  May 19
A year after Alabama installs its locker-room waterfall, Ohio State to follow suit | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/x14Rw
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2014, 08:32:25 am
Oscar Combs ‏@wildcatnews 18m
I think @UKYpres & his stunning letter to Rupp Project folks was just caused the biggest explosion this city has experienced in my lifetime.

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/capilouto-response1.jpg)
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/president-capilouto-writes-a-scathing-letter-to-city-of-lexington-on-rupp-arena
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 09:23:28 am
Razorback Baseball ‏@RazorbackBSB 16h
Check out our unbelievable new indoor facility! The best in the country is in Fayetteville! #OmaHogs #NeverYield #WPS pic.twitter.com/1axJNKce6S

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BorFnueCAAEvWYW.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 02:03:34 pm
David Jones @DaveJonesUFbeat  ·  1h
The #Gators AD Jeremy Foley: Still "some money to raise'' for O-Dome expansion but confident everything come together next couple weeks.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2014, 12:45:34 pm
James Pennington @pennington_jl  ·  6m
All the tarp you need when your field has no actual grass or dirt on it

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bo5pmRrIAAAsc8N.jpg)
UofL's Jim Patterson Stadium, a regional host site
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 30, 2014, 05:55:05 pm
Very nice looking field........ 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2014, 05:00:39 pm
Story: While Rupp renovation sits in idle, other college hoops powers are moving ahead with major arena upgrades

The attempt to modernize Rupp Arena has been almost painful to watch. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/31/3268614/mark-story-while-rupp-renovation.html)

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Watching the difficulty Lexington has encountered getting a significant Rupp Arena upgrade off the drawing board made me curious about the arena situations for other elite men's college basketball programs.

There are essentially six programs — North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas and UCLA — that I consider "benchmarks" for Kentucky. Interestingly, of those six, five have executed a substantial upgrade of their basketball arenas since 2010 or are in serious discussions to do so now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2014, 04:31:47 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  1h
Biggest news is A&M will open its $450 million stadium w/ Ball State on Sept. 12, 2015. Fans should have plenty of time to browse at least.

So the Aggies' 2015 home non-conference slate is Ball State, Nevada and Western Carolina? Saying that's awful is being too nice.

Correct me if erroneous here -- 2015 will be 1st time in history A&M plays zero in-state schools? But all noncon games in state, FWIW.

Good Bull Hunting @GBHunting  ·  6h
More drone footage of Kyle Field construction from @BurgsDrone http://sbn.to/1hBx25E 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 06, 2014, 08:39:02 am
STLtoday @stltoday  ·  15h
Mizzou to break ground on 'Traditions Plaza' http://bit.ly/TjmzAO

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University of Missouri-Columbia students should have a new outdoor space to lounge around in this fall with the planned construction of a new outdoor amphitheater to be called Traditions Plaza.

Mizzou spokesman Nathan Hurst said the plaza will commemorate certain university traditions, including homecoming, which is believed to have started at Mizzou, and the annual Tiger Walk tradition, where each fall's freshman class meets and walks through the campus columns toward Jesse Hall.

(http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/7b/e7b21cee-a3e1-53f8-96a2-484cdab152d6/5390f5965ebda.preview-620.jpg)
Missouri
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 08, 2014, 03:58:15 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  18h
Fla High school coach RT @datdude58: Hate admit it but Kentucky's football facility is nice..looks better than the gators...foley step it up

Cedderick (sic) Daniels, Co-defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach at Gainesville High School.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 10, 2014, 06:40:40 am
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  18h
Fla High school coach RT @datdude58: Hate admit it but Kentucky's football facility is nice..looks better than the gators...foley step it up

Cedderick (sic) Daniels, Co-defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach at Gainesville High School.

Wow! What a slap in the face..... 8)

I'm guessing that the coach that said that was prodded into making that comment in order to help Foley secure the funding from the Alumni. Seriously, what high school coach IN Gainesville would make a comment like that unless it was for funding reasons.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 10, 2014, 01:25:22 pm
Matt Zimmerman @CoachZ_ARKANSAS  ·  18h
First beams up today for new Razorback Basketball Performance Center. Its a beautiful sight.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpujztaCEAAUfwj.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2014, 07:25:43 am
rcb05 @rcb05  ·  17h
Panoramic of Kyle Field construction courtesy of McGibblets on @Texags.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpyvjwGCQAAGrRY.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2014, 09:17:47 am
T9.

http://athlonsports.com/college-football/experts-poll-ranking-sec-stadiums-2014

Athlon panel ranked the SEC football stadiums.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2014, 07:54:55 am
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced that the Rupp Arena renovation project is officially on hold. Gray released this statement in which he said the project is suspended because UK withdrew its support:

    Following recent meetings and discussions with UK, the project to reinvent Rupp Arena and build a new convention center is suspended. We designed the arena based on what UK said they needed, but UK has changed its mind about the proposed lease.

    While I’m disappointed we can’t move forward with the project right now, the city is poised with a good, solid plan. It’s a plan that improves the fan and visitor experience, creates jobs and spurs economic development.

    I’ve learned after more than 850 projects in my construction career never to fall in love with a project. When the time is right, the plan is ready. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/dirk-nowitzkis-thursday-news-and-views)

Plus:
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/what-brought-down-the-rupp-arena-renovation-project
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2014, 06:34:30 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  7h
Ole Miss naming basketball facility for 'Blind Side' family http://on.thec-l.com/1ioG8Tw

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Mississippi will name its basketball practice facility for the family that inspired the movie, "The Blind Side."

The College Board voted Thursday to name the practice center for the Tuohy family. Sean Tuohy played basketball for Ole Miss in the early 1980s and was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Sean Tuohy is the SEC's all-time leader in assists.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2014, 06:42:13 pm
Scott Stricklin @stricklinMSU  ·  22h
Latest time lapse video from the #DavisWade construction cam. It’s getting close. #HailState http://youtu.be/zlNkIafmcJc

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2014, 09:04:22 am
Curators approve plan for new softball stadium, indoor football facility (http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/curators-approve-plan-for-new-softball-stadium-indoor-football-facility/article_b9531ef6-f7fb-11e3-88f2-0017a43b2370.html)

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The ball is rolling for Missouri to build a new softball stadium east of the Hearnes Center and a new football indoor practice facility connected to the west edge of the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex.

AD Alden estimated the football indoor facility project would take about 21 to 27 months to complete. Completed in 1998, the Devine Pavilion is the current football indoor facility.

Alden said the east side construction at Memorial Stadium that will be completed in August will push stadium capacity to just more than 71,000. A south end zone expansion would increase that number to 80,000.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2014, 07:59:39 am
Razorback Basketball @RazorbackMBB  ·  Jun 20

Great progress being made on the Basketball Peformance Center! > http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?PALBID=1159662&DB_OEM_ID=6100 … #WPS #NeverYield

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqmHJoSCEAAbchC.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2014, 08:02:25 pm
Ole Miss and BL Harbert International announced the construction of a new $68.9 million basketball arena on Monday. Coming in at approximately 230,000 square feet, construction is scheduled to begin immediately and be completed by late 2015, with a target opening for the 2016 Ole Miss basketball season.

The 9,600-seat arena will include the basketball court, locker room suites for players and coaches, training facilities, a Courtside Club, All-American Suites and an Arena Club.

The new arena will be right next to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the southeast side of the school’s campus. Ole Miss basketball has played in the 9,065-seat Tad Smith Coliseum since 1965. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/23/ole-miss-getting-new-basketball-arena-photo)

(http://nbccollegebasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/image24.jpg)
BL Harbert International

(http://www.tadsmithcoliseum.com/images/tad-smith-coliseum.jpg)
http://www.tadsmithcoliseum.com
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on June 23, 2014, 10:03:08 pm
Ole Miss and BL Harbert International announced the construction of a new $68.9 million basketball arena on Monday. Coming in at approximately 230,000 square feet, construction is scheduled to begin immediately and be completed by late 2015, with a target opening for the 2016 Ole Miss basketball season.

The 9,600-seat arena will include the basketball court, locker room suites for players and coaches, training facilities, a Courtside Club, All-American Suites and an Arena Club.

The new arena will be right next to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the southeast side of the school’s campus. Ole Miss basketball has played in the 9,065-seat Tad Smith Coliseum since 1965. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/23/ole-miss-getting-new-basketball-arena-photo)

(http://nbccollegebasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/image24.jpg)
BL Harbert International

(http://www.tadsmithcoliseum.com/images/tad-smith-coliseum.jpg)
http://www.tadsmithcoliseum.com

I can't think of a more desperately needed new athletic facility on an SEC campus than that one. I can name at least four in the state of Arkansas better than the Tad Pad and only one is on an SEC campus.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2014, 12:08:14 pm
WholeHogSports @wholehogsports  ·  23h
Here is a look inside Arkansas' new $9.6 million baseball indoor practice facility

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq1RcPwCEAAKBec.jpg)



WholeHogSports @wholehogsports  ·  23h
The new public entrance to the Razorbacks' indoor track facility

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq1RtBECAAAaH2s.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2014, 09:34:58 pm
LSU BSB Equipment @LSUBaseballEQ  ·  5h
A little renovation going on in the @LSUBaseballEQ room. The best facility in college baseball keeps getting better..

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq7SsxaIIAAo_0K.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on June 25, 2014, 12:16:38 pm
LSU BSB Equipment @LSUBaseballEQ  ·  5h
A little renovation going on in the @LSUBaseballEQ room. The best facility in college baseball keeps getting better..

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq7SsxaIIAAo_0K.jpg)

That's a debatable statement. Once Arkansas renovates Baum, it will be a false statement.

(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0029.jpg)
(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0031.jpg)
(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0033.jpg)
(http://www.ozarkecho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/0032.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2014, 12:46:07 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bp74kyxCIAAr3b8.jpg:large)

For a full photo gallery, click here - http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?SPSID=30851&SPID=2431&PALBID=1157549&DB_OEM_ID=6100 (http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?SPSID=30851&SPID=2431&PALBID=1157549&DB_OEM_ID=6100)

Is there another program who can match our combination of facilities now?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 26, 2014, 06:46:32 am


Very nice looking digs...... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2014, 12:54:36 pm
"We know who our competitor is," Brandon often says. "Your 60-inch, high-definition TV."

How Michigan's Greed Alienated Fans: A Cautionary Tale For All College Football (http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/road-saturday/201406/college-football-fan-stadium-students-business-tv-ncaa-michigan-tickets)

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This spring, the Michigan athletic department admitted what many had long suspected: Student football ticket sales are down, way down, from about 21,000 in 2012 to a projected 13,000-14,000 this season.

The department has blamed cell phones, high-definition TV and student apathy sweeping the nation. All real problems, to be sure, but they don't explain how Michigan alienated 40 percent of its students in just two years -- and their parents, too.

How did Michigan do it? By forgetting why we love college football...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2014, 02:45:42 pm
UK AD Barnhart does not rule out possibility of an on campus basketball arena (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/06/27/3312960/kentuckys-barnhart-does-not-rule.html)

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"It's one of the more interesting conversations in all of conversations in terms of our basketball (program)."

The Kentucky official gets emails and letters from fans asking him to move the men's basketball arena back on campus. He gets nearly as many telling him to leave it at the heart of downtown where it's been since 1976.

He vacillates in his thoughts on it, too.

"There are days when you say, 'Boy, it'd be nice to walk into your own facility and not have to worry about practice times, game scheduling, boom, boom, boom, all of this kind of stuff.'

"Then there's times when you think, 'Do I want the headache of owning my own facility and all the stuff that goes with it and goes into it?' There's pluses and minuses to both conversations."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2014, 08:11:22 am
The construction on Texas A&M's Kyle Field started the day after the Aggies' last home game this season and, though it will not be fully complete for another year, has come a long way since November.

Good Bull Hunting posted a time-lapse Instagram video of screen captures from the official construction camera... (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Kyle-Field-construction-coming-along-29391451)

Video available at link above.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2014, 03:06:45 pm
Locker Rooms  ·  6h
South Carolina Men's basketball 🏀😍🙌 pic.twitter.com/8oIeQtf8lZ

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrYlIKsCAAAwZc9.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2014, 11:47:35 am
Florida announced its design and build team for the planned renovation of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Tuesday. (http://247sports.com/Institution/Southeastern-Conference-SEC-25394/Bolts)

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The estimated $45-50 million project is set to begin following the conclusion of the 2014-15 basketball season and will include a total remake of the seating bowl to include chair-back seating for all fans. The concourse levels will undergo a makeover, as well, with wider walkways and improved concessions and restrooms.

The project is currently slated to wrap up in time for commencement exercises in December 2015.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 01, 2014, 05:48:30 pm
Locker Rooms  ·  6h
South Carolina Men's basketball 🏀😍🙌 pic.twitter.com/8oIeQtf8lZ

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrYlIKsCAAAwZc9.jpg)

Very nice!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2014, 03:14:11 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  Jul 2
College football's top 10 scoreboards http://es.pn/1o2itoz

Outside of Tejas

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Arkansas: It might not have the largest square feet (6,286), but it's actually the longest video board in the country at 166.3 feet. And it stands 37.8 feet tall. With strong player introductions and graphics, there has been plenty to take Razorbacks fans' minds off of the subpar play exhibited by their team over the last two seasons. The massive SMARTVISION video display creates a dazzling backdrop behind the north end zone while standing atop Arkansas' indoor practice facility.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2014, 08:55:21 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  12h
Holiday weekend RT Kyle Field renovations right on schedule for Sept. 6 home opener: http://www.chron.com/sports/aggies/article/Kyle-Field-renovations-right-on-schedule-5599368.php …

(http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/26/41/43/5904633/25/622x350.jpg)
TAMU
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 08, 2014, 06:54:50 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  12h
Holiday weekend RT Kyle Field renovations right on schedule for Sept. 6 home opener: http://www.chron.com/sports/aggies/article/Kyle-Field-renovations-right-on-schedule-5599368.php …

(http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/26/41/43/5904633/25/622x350.jpg)
TAMU

Good looking facility!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2014, 08:44:25 pm
Justin Kaspar @Ranger222  ·  7h
Look at all that shade. People are actually going to WANT to sit on 3rd deck for afternoon games.  SMH.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsC1SY6CUAA48qy.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2014, 12:00:21 pm
Texas A&M Football @AggieFootball

The last panel is up! Take a look at college football’s largest videoboard #12thMan
7:15 PM - 8 Jul 2014

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsDk0FFCYAAwmeM.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2014, 06:55:05 am
Razorback Basketball @RazorbackMBB  ·  14h

Look who stopped in today! Davor Rimac, Ken Biley & @RustonRifle outside the Performance Center construction #Champs

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsIgNCFCcAAyZOw.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on July 10, 2014, 08:45:06 am
Justin Kaspar @Ranger222  ·  7h
Look at all that shade. People are actually going to WANT to sit on 3rd deck for afternoon games.  SMH.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsC1SY6CUAA48qy.jpg)

Hey Justin. I guess aggies don't know which way the sun goes up and down. That picture had to have been taken in the morning or early afternoon. The sun goes down in the west therefore the sun will shine up under that canopy and on some of those seats during afternoon games……………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: OldArmy94 on July 10, 2014, 09:50:16 am
Man, I spent plenty of time baking under that hot Texas sun on that 2nd and 3rd deck. Next thing you know, the students will think they can sit down..softies. ;)

And, despite what was said, it will still provide shade for those 11 AM games not to mention some rain protection.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2014, 10:29:35 am
Rupp Arena renovation update: In the process of buffing down, painting, and clear coating the court before this upcoming season.…  (http://www.nationofblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ruoo1.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2014, 12:15:58 pm
The newly renovated east side of Memorial Stadium makes its debut in seven weeks when the University of Missouri’s football season kicks off Aug. 30 against South Dakota State.

As of this week, construction crews were on target to have the project finished by kickoff.

“We’re on track to have substantial completion in early to mid-August,” said Bryan Maggard, MU’s executive associate athletics director. “There’s no question as a staff we’ll be working up until the day of the first game to get everything shined and ready and making sure everything’s operable. But we’ve been told we’re in good shape.”

Finished a year ahead of MU’s initial plans, the facelift includes upper deck and club seating, new restrooms, concessions, lounge areas, elevators and a new secured tailgating area called Truman’s Terrace. (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/mizzou-keeps-pace-with-sec-arms-race/article_6e83c153-ccc7-594b-926f-2ed93a945b1d.html)

(http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/da/2da2d98b-fad8-590c-9fb8-24ee537da36b/53c0bc6db2b84.preview-620.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2014, 08:08:18 pm
Clay Travis @ClayTravisBGID  ·  3h
Update: A&M contractor blames subcontractor for firing Bama fan for flying Bama flag at Kyle Field: http://msn.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/alabama-fan-fired-from-texas-a-m-kyle-field-construction-crew-for-hanging-bama-flag-071414 …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2014, 01:17:11 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  1h

UK going to Field Turf for Commonwealth Stadium
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2014, 05:49:43 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Jul 19
The lack of an indoor practice facility at #UGA was popular topic of discussion among prospects & parents at #Dawg Night because (sic) of rain
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Uncommon on July 21, 2014, 09:30:51 am
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Jul 19
The lack of an indoor practice facility at #UGA was popular topic of discussion among prospects & parents at #Dawg Night because (sic) of rain
I just think it's really funny the difference between not having a facility at Arkansas vs. not having a facility at Georgia.

At Arkansas, if we don't have a facility that recruits would like to have, it's a big negative and the reason why they don't come here.

Whereas in Georgia, if they don't have a facility that recruits would like to have, they let it slide and will still pick Georgia.

Makes you shake your head.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2014, 08:19:20 pm
 Kyle Field Phase I renovation photos at link (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Pics-Kyle-Field-renovation-29746891)

(http://media.247sports.com/Uploads/Assets/442/978/6_2978442.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 22, 2014, 07:45:56 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Jul 19
The lack of an indoor practice facility at #UGA was popular topic of discussion among prospects & parents at #Dawg Night because (sic) of rain

Interesting!

I thought uga had an indoor facility....... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2014, 08:33:33 pm
 Construction workers at the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium will continue work through UK's football season with the goal of completing renovations before the 2015 season.

UK will kick off its 2014 season at home against Tennessee-Martin on Aug. 30. The $110 million stadium project will continue on non-game days, forcing some changes to the way fans enter Commonwealth Stadium on game days.

Construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning, UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear said.

Because of construction on the south side of the stadium (where UK's sideline is located), Gates 10 and 11 will be closed during the season. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/22/3347300/commonwealth-stadium-construction.html)

(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2014/07/22/10/26/Ei7lJ.AuSt.79.jpeg)
PHOTO BY CHARLES BERTRAM | STAFF — Herald-Leader
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2014, 09:34:45 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  12h

Checking out Auburn's new Wellness Kitchen this morning.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtZd6vvCQAACQsM.jpg)

Auburn budgeted $750K to feed athletes this year at Wellness Kitchen. NCAA allows unlimited meals starting Aug. 1...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2014, 05:16:16 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  28m
See photos of Texas A&M's new football facility with water wall, barber shop | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/zOzNy

A&M 12th Man.com
(http://imgick.al.com/home/bama-media/pgmain/img/alphotos/photo/2014/07/31/texasamwaterwalljpg-5127e4cb64333f7f.jpg)

(http://imgick.al.com/home/bama-media/pgmain/img/alphotos/photo/2014/07/31/texasambarbershopjpg-6d93e03840f0ca57.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: yraciv on July 31, 2014, 09:07:45 pm
A&M just upped the ante again with their new lockerroom. Impressive!

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 01, 2014, 07:07:00 am
Nice!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 01, 2014, 08:49:16 am
Yes it is nice. But they are still aggies………………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2014, 06:59:47 am
Ole Miss celebrates groundbreaking of new basketball arena (http://djournal.com/sports/ole-miss-celebrates-groundbreaking-new-arena)

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“It’s ceremonial, but it shows it’s a reality. We’ve seen the construction fence, the dirt going out, the parking garage going up, but you’ve got to really celebrate a milestone like this,” athletics director Ross Bjork said.

The building has an $85 million pricetag and is expected to open in December of 2015.

Bjork also announced the arena’s name, and it, like the building, is under construction. The new facility will be called “The _____________ Pavilion at Ole Miss.”

That will change if the school can sell naming rights. The buyer’s name would be inserted in front of “pavilion.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 04, 2014, 07:14:22 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  28m
See photos of Texas A&M's new football facility with water wall, barber shop | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/zOzNy

A&M 12th Man.com
(http://imgick.al.com/home/bama-media/pgmain/img/alphotos/photo/2014/07/31/texasamwaterwalljpg-5127e4cb64333f7f.jpg)


It looks like water features are the new rage in recruiting.......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 04, 2014, 08:17:57 am
It looks like water features are the new rage in recruiting.......... 8)

It would need to be close to the restroom……………………….makes me want to use the urinal…………………….or since it's aggies maybe that's what this is.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2014, 06:06:55 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  7h
Opinion: Is it time for UGA to invest in an indoor practice facility? http://on-ajc.com/1o9mBIP
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 05:07:23 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  2h
Ole Miss released plans to renovate the south endzone of Vaught-Hemingway after this season. North endzone will wait. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/08/06/ole-miss-vaught-hemingway-stadium-renovations/13683813 …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 05:09:15 pm
UGA athletic board to hear proposal for indoor practice facility (http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/uga-athletic-board-to-hear-proposal-for-indoor-pra)

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Athens — The indoor practice facility so many Georgia fans have fretted about apparently could be on its way soon.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed on Tuesday that he’ll present to the UGA Athletic Association board at its regularly-scheduled fall meeting next month several options for building a multi-million dollar facility somewhere on campus.

“We will continue to have discussions about it at our fall board meeting,” McGarity said. “It’s going to be what I’d call an informational item. We’re trying to identify the most viable and realistic way to incorporate an indoor practice facility on campus.”

McGarity would not provide details but, in the past, he has spoken of a $15 million project that would erect an 80-yard by 140-yard facility at a site next to the softball/soccer complex on South Milledge Avenue.

“Those numbers and locations are viable based on preliminary studies,” McGarity said cryptically.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 06, 2014, 05:13:35 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  2h
Ole Miss released plans to renovate the south endzone of Vaught-Hemingway after this season. North endzone will wait. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/08/06/ole-miss-vaught-hemingway-stadium-renovations/13683813 …

Club field level. It's the new fad every since Jerry put them in Cowboys stadium. I know ours has been announced conceptually but no timetable to start has been given. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 08:37:54 pm
OleMissAthFoundation @OleMissAF  ·  5h
New Field Club will have a team viewing tunnel to see our team come in and out of the locker room #ForwardTogether

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuYg7rlCMAE-g49.jpg)

New south endzone will include 30 new suites, 770 new club seats, and a new middle level concourse #ForwardTogether

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuYSAF-CcAEuYUw.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 07, 2014, 07:13:09 am
OleMissAthFoundation @OleMissAF  ·  5h
New Field Club will have a team viewing tunnel to see our team come in and out of the locker room #ForwardTogether

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuYg7rlCMAE-g49.jpg)

New south endzone will include 30 new suites, 770 new club seats, and a new middle level concourse #ForwardTogether

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuYSAF-CcAEuYUw.jpg)

That's unique!

Maybe they should add a water feature to the glass walls at the tunnel............ 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 08:06:17 am
That's unique!

Maybe they should add a water feature to the glass walls at the tunnel............ 8)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Atlantis-resorts-water-slide1-600x419.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 07, 2014, 08:22:59 am
That's unique!

Maybe they should add a water feature to the glass walls at the tunnel............ 8)


Glass walls!? Good thing that isn't at LSU…………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 07, 2014, 11:53:22 am

Glass walls!? Good thing that isn't at LSU…………………………...

Never at auburn........ 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 07, 2014, 11:53:57 am
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Atlantis-resorts-water-slide1-600x419.jpg)

YEAH!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 03:50:36 pm
Telco @TelcoAg  ·  Aug 5

INCOMING - More grass on it's way to Kyle Field (h/t @freh_dee)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuT3x7iCYAMjWc-.png)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 07, 2014, 08:59:53 pm
Telco @TelcoAg  ·  Aug 5

INCOMING - More grass on it's way to Kyle Field (h/t @freh_dee)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuT3x7iCYAMjWc-.png)

I bet that Les Miles is driving that car that took the picture…………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 08, 2014, 07:07:47 am
 ;D
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2014, 08:02:06 am
Most people enjoy doing a little redecorating when they move into a new place, and Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason and his staff are no different.

The Commodores football facilities in the McGugin Center have undergone a facelift in recent weeks, creating an atmosphere that better reflects the attitude of the new staff.

With bold, in-your-face graphics, the new artwork on the upper floor, which houses the football offices and meeting rooms, has a nautical design that plays off the "Commodores" name. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2014/08/07/vanderbilt-football-walls-deep-water-theme)

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"If you've ever seen any movies, like Titanic, where ships are out on deep oceans and deep seas — it's a scary place to be," Mason said. "And that's where we want to take teams. To deep water. We want to live in that place. We feel like this football team has a bunch of sharks on offense, defense and special teams. And sharks want to take their prey to deep water."

Utilizing funds from the National Commodore Club's Gridiron Club, the football program brought in a company called Forty Nine Degrees, which has done similar work for Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford.

The hallways of the upper floor are lined with larger-than-life photos of Commodores players, such as a whole wall depicting Patton Robinette running in the winning touchdown against Tennessee last season.

Each position's meeting room has art of current and former players who have starred at that position for the Commodores.

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/7d9f1a1b095e75648c5f4220bb21fd1a7c1e3fa2/c=247-0-4009-2826&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Nashville/Nashville/2014/08/07/1407435682000-NAS-SIG-VANDYFB0808-001JPG.jpg)
John Partipilo / The Tennessean
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2014, 02:01:55 pm
Telco @TelcoAg  ·  Aug 5

INCOMING - More grass on it's way to Kyle Field (h/t @freh_dee)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuT3x7iCYAMjWc-.png)

Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  19h
Sumlin said Aggies will have 3 chances to be on Kyle's new field before first home game on Sept. 6 (scrimmaged today on practice fields).
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2014, 06:26:14 pm
A&M football team will get at least three chances to practice in Kyle Field, which is in the midst of a $450 million redevelopment, before the home opener Sept. 6 against Lamar, System Chancellor John Sharp said during an update on the project Tuesday.

Workers continue to renovate Kyle Field in preparation for the 2014 football season at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas on Monday, July 7, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News) (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/aggies-set-three-workout-dates-for-renovated-kyle-field.html)

(http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/files/2014/08/NS_08KYLEFIELDA_387038671-620x418.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ucahogfan on August 13, 2014, 08:18:24 pm
While it will probably take a couple of years to get the 20M in funding necessary to start construction, the plans look pretty sweet and are something that you will only find in SEC Baseball.

http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/dudy-noble-field/ (http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/dudy-noble-field/)

Birds' Eye View:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/1_0.jpg)

New Entrance in the RF corner:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/2_0.jpg)

The new home plate gate:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/3_0.jpg)

View from the new LF Lofts:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/4_0.jpg)

The view from behind home plate:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/5_0.jpg)

Something that Baum doesn't have, a berm down the LF line:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/6_0.jpg)

Looking at the LF Lounge and LF Lofts:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/7.jpg)

How Dudy Noble will look at night:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/8.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Ray Piggers on August 13, 2014, 09:06:14 pm
Welp, we better get a move on with our expansion.

Those plans look awesome!

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2014, 09:14:10 pm
While it will probably take a couple of years to get the 20M in funding necessary to start construction, the plans look pretty sweet and are something that you will only find in SEC Baseball.

http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/dudy-noble-field/ (http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/dudy-noble-field/)

Birds' Eye View:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/1_0.jpg)

New Entrance in the RF corner:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/2_0.jpg)

The new home plate gate:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/3_0.jpg)

View from the new LF Lofts:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/4_0.jpg)

The view from behind home plate:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/5_0.jpg)

Something that Baum doesn't have, a berm down the LF line:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/6_0.jpg)

Looking at the LF Lounge and LF Lofts:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/7.jpg)

How Dudy Noble will look at night:

(http://www.msubulldogclub.com/projects/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/dudy-noble-field/8.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: A_R_K_A_N_S_A_S on August 13, 2014, 09:30:01 pm
Impressed.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 14, 2014, 06:52:35 am
Very nice!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on August 14, 2014, 11:38:21 am
Just goes to show that SEC baseball is essentially becoming equivalent to AAA baseball as far as facilities go.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2014, 03:46:15 pm
Tennessee Football @Vol_Football  ·  5h

The #Checkerboards are going down for #Vols Media Day

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvAluz9IAAAhA7y.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: BigD94 on August 14, 2014, 03:51:17 pm
Is that a screen, so the people outside of the field can watch??
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Supermark101 on August 14, 2014, 05:54:53 pm
The lofts would be pretty sweet
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: A_R_K_A_N_S_A_S on August 14, 2014, 07:39:27 pm
Is that a screen, so the people outside of the field can watch??
Was wondering the same thing, but then saw in another picture where the small screens were turned around. Believe it's just turned around so you can tell that it's a viewable screen in the picture.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: onebadrubi on August 14, 2014, 10:25:07 pm
They release the capacity?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ucahogfan on August 14, 2014, 10:28:20 pm
They release the capacity?
Won't be much more than it is now if any more.  I think their stated capacity is around 6-7K in chairbacks (Baum has over 10K chairbacks), but they can fit in a ton of people in the OF and on the berms.  Most of the top attendance figures in college baseball history outside of Omaha come from Starkville.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on August 15, 2014, 07:37:06 am
We are falling behind.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ucahogfan on August 15, 2014, 08:51:14 am
We are falling behind.
How so?  We just opened around a 10M indoor facility which I think would be more appealing to prospects because it allows them to work on their game year round.  Baum is one of the nicest baseball facilities and I think we opened a brand new locker room in the last couple of years.  While we might not have had invested in facilities for fans in the last couple of years like MSU and Bama have, our facilities that our players will actually use are about as nice as they come.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Big Nasty 34 on August 15, 2014, 05:24:01 pm
I think the falling behind was a bit tongue in cheek..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: A_R_K_A_N_S_A_S on August 15, 2014, 05:32:11 pm
I think the falling behind was a bit tongue in cheek..
Think you're right.


Certainly don't see us falling behind, but we can't let up, that's for sure. Bring on the RF expansion.

Have to say, the MSU fans deserve this upgrade, they've shown up in large numbers for a long time, even when their park wasn't much to brag about.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 10:03:34 pm
Kyle Field @KyleField_12th  ·  Aug 7
I'm almost ready!!! #12Man #SEC @KyleField_12th

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BucAP8bIMAAb8QQ.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgey-Davidson on August 17, 2014, 09:26:55 pm
Looks like it will be the nicest place in Starkvegas.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jacobp on August 17, 2014, 09:42:23 pm
I'll be surprised if, when completed, MSU's expansion looks anything like the renderings. There's no way they can do all that for $40M. Bama's is going to be 30 million and it really won't be anything special.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ucahogfan on August 17, 2014, 09:54:47 pm
I'll be surprised if, when completed, MSU's expansion looks anything like the renderings. There's no way they can do all that for $40M. Bama's is going to be 30 million and it really won't be anything special.
Yeah, unless the LF Lofts aren't going to be anything special, I don't see how it can be a 40M reno either.  Like you said, Bama is dropping 30M on their stadium and it isn't that special.  Carolina spent 35M on their new stadium back in 2009 and while it is an elite facility, won't have near what MSU is planning on doing.

I'm no expert when it comes to what something costs, but I would think the LF Lofts would run at least in the 5-10M range to build.

They are essentially rebuilding Dudy-Noble from the ground up.  I would think those plans would be more in the 80-100M range.  I would expect our expansion of Baum to be at least in the 25-30M range at the very least.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 10:17:18 pm
State Athletics Unveils Dudy Noble Field Master Plan (http://www.hailstate.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=209607983)

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State Athletics unveiled the Dudy Noble Field Master Plan on Tuesday, an ambitious $40 million facility project that aims to remake the Bulldogs’ home ballpark into the finest in college baseball.
The Jackson, Miss., design team of Wier Boerner Allin Architecture and national baseball stadium experts Populous, in consultation with MSU alum Janet Marie Smith, has produced the proposed Dudy Noble Field Master Plan concept. Populous has designed 20 of Major League Baseball’s current 30 ballparks, in addition to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, home of the NCAA Men’s College World Series.

The Dudy Noble Field Master Plan calls for a new double-tiered grandstand with chairback seating, an elevated concourse that encircles the playing field and allows a constant view of the game action, welcoming entry plazas, spacious restrooms, concessions, a kids' play area, berm seating, upgraded field lighting, HD video board, digital ribbon signage, team areas (clubhouse, training room, equipment room, coaches' offices, etc.) and dramatically improved aesthetics.

"Mississippi State Baseball first set the standard for making college baseball games a happening, becoming one of the first schools to invest in a modern facility nearly 30 years ago,” said MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “The new Dudy Noble Field Master Plan will provide our players, coaches and fans the best ballpark in all of college baseball."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: woodhog14 on August 20, 2014, 10:03:21 am
I do think we could redo our front entrance...kinda like State's plan.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2014, 08:44:27 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  6h
Another shot of the new east side of Kyle Field as of Wednesday:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvgW88mIMAAYnAS.jpg:large)

The 'taking root' field of Kyle Field as of Wednesday, w/ 1st home game set for Sept. 6 vs. Lamar:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvgWkbYIAAAv-Cp.jpg:large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvgWGW6IgAAtlEb.jpg:large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvgV7WzIMAAN4l_.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2014, 09:02:21 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  11h
Ole Miss and C Spire are promising a network with 700 access points at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this season. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/08/20/ole-miss-vaught-hemingway-stadium-c-spire/14332735/ …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 01:00:58 pm
USC’s new outdoor fields behind Gamecock Park are under construction and should be ready by mid-season.

“They started the sod (Monday) and it’s five acres of grass. They’ll lay it all down this week,” USC Chief Operating Officer Kevin O’Connell said. “We hope it will be ready in October. It depends now on Mother Nature. We’ve got to have really hot weather and a lot of sunshine.”

The $3 million new fields will mimic the old ones with side-by-side grass gridirons, a coaching tower in the middle, goalposts and lights.

“The goal has been sometime this fall,” O’Connell said. “We made arrangements with the Proving Grounds just to protect ourselves. We knew it was going to depend on construction, and you just never know when it comes to that.”

It’s the first phase of a two-part project at the location. The Gamecocks’ new indoor practice facility will be placed beside it.

The indoor facility is set to open before the 2015 season. The footings are being installed and the steel frame is set to begin going up by mid-September. (http://www.gogamecocks.com/2014/08/20/608551_gamecocks-new-practice-fields.html)

(http://media.gogamecocks.com/smedia/2014/08/20/21/25/lV7Nd.AuSt.168.jpeg)
TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 01:55:34 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  4h

East side of Memorial Stadium gets new look

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bvkfc-7IAAA2yxx.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 22, 2014, 07:06:13 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  12h

Checking out Auburn's new Wellness Kitchen this morning.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtZd6vvCQAACQsM.jpg)

Auburn budgeted $750K to feed athletes this year at Wellness Kitchen. NCAA allows unlimited meals starting Aug. 1...

Features an ATM with only one button (and no card reader).......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on August 22, 2014, 01:05:14 pm
Features an ATM with only one button (and no card reader).......... 8)

Well, it is Auburn.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: go hogues on August 22, 2014, 02:01:42 pm
Good grief. We better put something new in the works soon.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2014, 09:00:03 am
Bill Martin @MSUBillMartin  ·  20h
All new elevators in Davis Wade Stadium have the @msstate logo on the buttons. The little things. #branding

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqYSHAIgAAG9FU.jpg:large)

Bob Carskadon @bobcarskadon  ·  20h
Scoreboard Club in the new endzone at DWS. I can vouch for the comfort of the couches

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqZLfeIYAAKyV_.jpg:large)

Bill Martin @MSUBillMartin  ·  19h
Might be coolest element of all. Entrance with #HailState built out of cowbells in new DWS north EZ.  @darrenrovell

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqiMeRIgAA4iWy.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2014, 09:03:00 am
bartgregory @bartgregory  ·  24h
Walking through a Field Level Suite. Still have availability for gameday rental.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvpfhTWIAAANQK2.jpg:large)

Bill Martin @MSUBillMartin  ·  24h
Official kickoff time is set for @HailStateFB vs. Southern Miss. 6:39 p.m. CT live on the @SECNetwork in 8 days. #HailState
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2014, 09:15:48 am
(http://kentuckyfootball.io-media.com/media/venueview/images/SE_FullStadium.jpg)

http://kentuckyfootball.io-media.com

Virtual tour of UK football stadium renovation including view from menu driven seat location.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 23, 2014, 12:13:47 pm
Bill Martin @MSUBillMartin  ·  20h
All new elevators in Davis Wade Stadium have the @msstate logo on the buttons. The little things. #branding

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqYSHAIgAAG9FU.jpg:large)




So the Elevator only has "Down" buttons...... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2014, 05:53:18 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  4h
That's one very tall HBC. (85 feet tall to be exact.) http://www.gogamecocks.com/2014/08/23/607073/in-photos-new-sign-going-up-

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bvvk3pFCcAAIx8i.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 08:37:44 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  4h
That's one very tall HBC. (85 feet tall to be exact.) http://www.gogamecocks.com/2014/08/23/607073/in-photos-new-sign-going-up-

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bvvk3pFCcAAIx8i.jpg:large)

GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  8h
Spurrier on banner: 'Hopefully we'll keep winning here at Williams-Brice. I don't want people going by here throwing eggs at it.'
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 25, 2014, 04:40:35 pm
I didn't know KY had a stadium……………………….Slippery turf I bet.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2014, 02:19:21 pm
Tod Palmer @todpalmer  ·  18h

#Mizzou announces a ribbon cutting/tour of the Memorial Stadium east-side expansion at 630 pm Tuesday for those wanting a sneak peek.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on August 26, 2014, 04:04:56 pm
Has Les been to college station yet to see how his investment is going?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 12:26:10 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  15h

Commonwealth Stadium is striped and ready to go. Here is how it looks after all the construction: http://bit.ly/1tIaq6A

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/photo-1-600x450.jpg)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/photo-2-600x450.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 09:33:32 am
About $120 million in renovation work at Commonwealth Stadium, along with fewer parking places, new traffic routes and other changes, could pose challenges for fans at Saturday's University of Kentucky football season opener. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/28/3400728/commonwealth-stadium-changes-challenging.html)

Jen Smith @jenheraldleader  ·  7m
Good morning on game day.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BwSweV1CQAAxf6b.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 10:50:35 am
Jen Smith @jenheraldleader  ·  13m
...Commonwealth Stadium capacity now listed at 62,093, down from 67,606 because of construction.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: JansterZ71 on August 30, 2014, 10:52:16 pm
Jordan Hare is a great atmosphere but it is in SERIOUS NEED of an upgrade. The scoreboard sucks, the sound system sucks and now the elevator doesn't work.  I'm just wondering why they didn't take the stairs like most teams coaches do.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HyperDrive on September 01, 2014, 09:55:45 am
Scoreboard, ref's mic and an elevator all broke down at some point yesterday. Auburn needs to invest in some infrastructure upgrades.

That we do.  And there's a master plan already in the works for that and several other things including expanded luxury seating and such that would probably take the capacity up to around 93,000.  I imagine once all the SEC Network money starts rolling in, they can accelerate some of those plans.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on September 01, 2014, 11:27:37 am
That we do.  And there's a master plan already in the works for that and several other things including expanded luxury seating and such that would probably take the capacity up to around 93,000.  I imagine once all the SEC Network money starts rolling in, they can accelerate some of those plans.

Jordan-Hare-Dye is a dump......... 8)

Kudos for upgrading to indoor restrooms a few years ago.

(That should keep you busy on Google for a while.....)  ;D
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 02, 2014, 05:00:14 pm
Mark Stoops is pumped for the 98,000-square foot training center and practice fields, and he’ll be even happier when the UK Board of Trustees approves nearly $4 million worth of donations for the facility on Friday.

Who broke open their checkbooks for the future of the program? One name should be pretty familiar: Chris Sullivan, a UK alum and founder of Outback Steakhouse.  (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/donors-give-uk-practice-facility-a-big-boost)

Helped get UK in the Outback Bowl in Jan. 1999, their only Jan. 1 bowl since the 1950s.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuhWqXGCYAEBHrD.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on September 03, 2014, 05:00:56 am
That we do.  And there's a master plan already in the works for that and several other things including expanded luxury seating and such that would probably take the capacity up to around 93,000.  I imagine once all the SEC Network money starts rolling in, they can accelerate some of those plans.

I bet that network money is reserved by old barn for recruits………………………………….

In all seriousness though congrats on a well fought victory.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2014, 09:06:38 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  16h

Thanks to Houston Chronicle web whiz Justin Boyd @rjustinb, one-stop shopping for pics from Kyle Field tour: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/09/photos-a-look-inside-the-renovated-kyle-field …


Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  19h

Example of the new menu at the new Kyle Field:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BwtjA-3CcAILaOC.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2014, 10:17:14 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  21h

I shot video of the Kyle Field statue unveilings, much of it with a 5-year-old munchkin on my shoulders: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/09/video-kyle-field-statue-unveilings/ …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2014, 07:46:54 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  30m
Check out progress on Alabama baseball's Sewell-Thomas Stadium renovation project. http://ow.ly/Bs62h  (video at link)

Quote
Alabama's baseball program will be playing everything away from Tuscaloosa in the 2015 season as they renovate and update the aging on-campus facility. The team is still able to practice on the diamond as they tear out the guys of the stadium under the seating bowl.

The $35 million project began in July when the first bleachers were removed.

Alabama will play its 2015 home games at The Hoover Met before returning to the newly remade Sewell-Thomas Stadium in 2016.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 13, 2014, 06:44:04 am
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  14h

Facilities update: New football practice fields ready; major projects moving along http://scne.ws/6ttBSV  #gg

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Ray Tanner updated several of South Carolina’s facility projects during a “state of the union” report of the athletic department to USC’s Board of Trustees on Friday.

...plan to expand women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley’s office space and to move men’s coach Frank Martin and his staff to the lower level of Carolina Coliseum. That move will take place once the state approves the plan; the project will cost $4 million and add a new entryway to the Coliseum that can appeal to recruits.

That ties in with the current project of installing two practice courts on the playing surface at the Coliseum. It is set to be completed by Oct. 6-7.

“It’s not ideal for both teams to be practicing at the same time, but it is possible,” Tanner said. “And it is a tremendous addition for us.”

Other projects with estimated completions:

* Outdoor football practice fields ($3 million). The new location, behind Gamecock Park, is ready after the grass was laid last month. The Gamecocks hope to be practicing there by mid-October.

To shuttle the players from Williams-Brice Stadium to the new fields, Tanner said they are leaning toward trams. He mentioned Disney World’s tram system as a comparison.

“We’re looking at a number of different options, and they’re all sort of in the tram family,” Tanner said.

(http://media.gogamecocks.com/smedia/2014/09/12/17/55/GyZSt.AuSt.168.jpg)
Practice fields (DWAYNE MCLEMORE)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 14, 2014, 08:16:18 am
Telco @TelcoAg  ·  Aug 5

INCOMING - More grass on it's way to Kyle Field (h/t @freh_dee)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuT3x7iCYAMjWc-.png)

Sammy Khan, Jr.: Kyle Field conditions challenging for teams

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Late in the fourth quarter, the fans at Kyle Field let out a loud cheer after freshman backup quarterback Kyle Allen completed a pass to Malcome Kennedy for a 9-yard gain and a first down.

But the cheer wasn't for Allen or the Texas A&M offense or the play. It was for the Kyle Field grounds crew, who spent a few seconds placing sand in a divot. The group was rather busy on Saturday night during the Aggies' 38-10 win over Rice, tending to the playing surface as large divots emerged throughout the game.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/88583/kyle-field-conditions-challenging-for-aggies-owls)

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The Aggies have a new grass surface this season (the previous one had to be replaced during the Kyle Field redevelopment project, which is ongoing) and College Station received a torrential downpour of rain on Friday night, which didn't help field conditions.

Rice coach David Bailiff expressed concern about the field conditions and, according to the Houston Chronicle, spoke with Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman after the game.

Joseph Duarte @Chronicle_Owls
Kyle Field turf near midfield
12:59 AM - 14 Sep 2014

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 14, 2014, 08:41:00 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  2h
A&M AD Eric Hyman tells Chronicle field didn't cause Aggies injuries, and artificial turf isn't consideration: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/09/aggies-ad-hyman-addresses-kyles-soggy-field-coming-up-in-
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2014, 01:09:50 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  2h

Signs, thanks to adidas, point to a 1939 national-title throwback day on Nov. 1 at Kyle Field (Aggies Blog): http://www.chron.com/sports/aggies/article/Aggies-tightlipped-on-possible-1939-throwback-5761673.php …

adidas Football US @adidasFballUS  ·  21h
Honor the past. Own the future. A tribute to the 1939 National Champion Aggies. 11/1/14. #GigEm #teamadidas

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxrtwAJCIAE-Mp8.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 19, 2014, 08:27:19 am
Missouri basketball fans will be greeted by the sight of a new video board hanging over the center of Norm Stewart Court when they make their way to Mizzou Arena later this fall.

It is the centerpiece of a planned multi-million-dollar renovation project that the MU athletic department is undertaking on the 10-year-old arena. (http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu_basketball/mizzou-arena-getting-upgrades-after-years/article_8518a403-2ff3-5f08-8439-371c0435a041.html)

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The renovations will also include upgrades to the facility entryway with displays highlighting the tradition of the program and upgrades to the player development area, team lounge, locker room and academic area as well as the weight room.

The project was kick-started by a $1.5 million private gift designated for a new video board.

"Mizzou Arena is entering its 10th season and is tremendous facility for our basketball programs, but we need to enhance the areas that impact the fan experience, student athlete well-being and assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes," Athletic Director Mike Alden said in a statement announcing the project. "In-game production and presentation is a significant factor in the game day experience for our fans and a new video board and sound system inside the Arena is a significant focus of this project. We also want to modernize our locker room and player lounge. We are proud to announce the first phase of that renovation" the player lounge "will begin immediately."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 19, 2014, 08:55:19 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  14h

According to @theeagle, A&M will change out its grass field prior to next home game: http://www.theeagle.com/news/a_m/sources-tell-the-eagle-changes-coming-to-kyle-field-turf/article_efd9fa5a-3f7f-11e4-bce1-cb0cfe627f3d.html …

Last year a bad defense kept high-octane A&M from competing for national title. Fans will go nuts if this year the reason is a bad field.


Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  17h

I apologize, our website has been slow as smoke off water today (an R.C. Slocum beauty) --
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 20, 2014, 07:14:57 am
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  14h

McGarity explains what comes next on indoor practice facility. http://www.macon.com/2014/09/19/3316100/uga-to-spend-400k-to-study-football.html …


Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  · 

Re: Indoor practice facility, UGA athletic board will be asked to approve $400,000 for a "design study" for it. So that's it for now.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2014, 10:26:31 am
Stanley Boom Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  17h

More WWE guys at Joe Craft RT @WWECesaro: Shout out to @KentuckyMBB tremendous facility #WWELexington #gym http://instagram.com/p/tLjKHjtodu/


Stanley Boom Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  20h

Here is Cena with Tod Lanter RT @tod_lanterIII: My man was just reppin 225's...100,000 times

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bx_89PbIEAAveYZ.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: tigerinhogtown on September 23, 2014, 12:54:15 am
http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu_basketball/mizzou-arena-getting-upgrades-after-years/article_8518a403-2ff3-5f08-8439-371c0435a041.html

New $1.5 million video board plus "The renovations will also include upgrades to the facility entryway with displays highlighting the tradition of the program and upgrades to the player development area, team lounge, locker room and academic area as well as the weight room."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2014, 09:58:34 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  16h

Texas A&M's problems with its grass surface at Kyle Field impacts not only the Aggies, but a couple of local high schools. From the College Station school district website:

The football game between A&M Consolidated High School and College Station High School originally scheduled to be played at Kyle Field (on Oct. 24), will be moved to Tigerland Stadium.

“We certainly recognize the challenges this decision presents for the schools and our community, and we appreciate the understanding of College Station ISD officials most recently and throughout the entire Kyle Field redevelopment process,” said Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman. “The extreme rain on Sept. 12 unfortunately led to poor field conditions at Kyle Field during the Rice game, and the decision ultimately was made to replace the entire playing surface with new natural grass. With four remaining home games this season, our team of turf specialists has recommended that we limit access to the Kyle Field playing surface outside of these games.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on September 24, 2014, 10:48:07 am
Stanley Boom Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  17h

More WWE guys at Joe Craft RT @WWECesaro: Shout out to @KentuckyMBB tremendous facility #WWELexington #gym http://instagram.com/p/tLjKHjtodu/


Stanley Boom Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  20h

Here is Cena with Tod Lanter RT @tod_lanterIII: My man was just reppin 225's...100,000 times

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bx_89PbIEAAveYZ.jpg:large)

Good grief how many roids can one person take.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on September 24, 2014, 12:36:23 pm
Good grief how many roids can one person take.

Monster arms and chicken legs.......Hahaha
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2014, 12:37:02 pm
Monster arms and chicken legs.......Hahaha

Cena too.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 25, 2014, 06:30:12 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14h

Alabama Baseball stadium demolition starts making deep cuts into Sewell-Thomas Stadium | http://ow.ly/BT0Zi

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See the gallery at the link above for detailed photos as the demolition of Sewell-Thomas Stadium reaches the tops levels of the stadium, with major chunks coming down from the top and outer sides of the stadium. Also of note in the gallery is the progress of the new parking opposite Sewell-Thomas and other activity around the rear of the stadium. While the new stadium is being constructed, Alabama will play its 2015 season at the Hoover Met.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2014, 08:07:46 am
Keith Niebuhr @Keith247Sports  ·  Sep 26
RT @DickieV  Jeremy Foley AD @Florida will give a coach all the resources to win- /// Unless you ask for indoor facility
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on September 28, 2014, 03:53:24 pm
Keith Niebuhr @Keith247Sports  ·  Sep 26
RT @DickieV  Jeremy Foley AD @Florida will give a coach all the resources to win- /// Unless you ask for indoor facility

They don't need one.........and that in itself is a recruiting point!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2014, 12:53:27 pm
Jon Solomon @JonSolomonCBS  ·  2h 2 hours ago

FBS schools are undergoing or planning football stadium renovations that total more than $3.6 billion. http://cbsprt.co/1xBr2Qu

Link includes chart detailing the current stadium renovation projects, cost, and capacity changes.

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What's the right size for a college football stadium?

A&M added 20,000 seats to enclose the stadium and bring its capacity to more than 106,000 -- topping the size of the rival Longhorns... The Aggies have a new 163-foot wide video board, the largest in college football. They have new amenities in the concourse areas. And this was just the first phase of the renovation.

Kentucky is downsizing from 67,000 to 61,000 seats while adding 24 suites and 2,500 club seats. Each suite will cost $60,000, meaning Kentucky could generate $1.4 million in new revenue.

“We're in what I would consider a small-population market,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2014, 03:12:35 pm
Cannon fire returns to Kyle Field

Each time Texas A&M scores a touchdown at its next home game against Ole Miss, fans can expect to hear the sound of a cannon firing.  (http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/aggies/article/College-Football-Cannon-fire-returns-to-Kyle-5795334.php)

ESPN CollegeFootball @ESPNCFB  ·  Oct 1
The top four teams in points allowed per game are a combined 14-1 this season. #CFBLive

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A tradition for years, the cannon wasn't fired at the school's most recent game because of safety concerns about it being used in the newly updated Kyle Field stadium. Texas A&M officials believe they can safely fire the cannon from the field's southeast tower for the rest of the season.

The Corps of Cadets will fire the cannon when the Aggies score on Oct. 11, and Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez Jr., who leads the group, said the plan from the beginning has always been to find a way to carry on the 30-year custom. For the school's first home game against Lamar, fans watched on stadium screens as the cannon was being fired in a practice field.

Texas A&M interim president Mark Hussey said he appreciated school officials, including members of the Environmental Health and Safety Office and representatives of the university system, who worked toward a solution in restoring the tradition with the Corps of Cadets.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 03, 2014, 12:10:05 pm
Razorback Baseball @RazorbackBSB  ·  Oct 2

It is pretty clear how Coach Van Horn feels about one of the best collegiate indoor facilities in the country. #WPS

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2014, 02:14:04 pm
SEC Football ‏@SECfootball

Florida Gators accepting bids to construct $11.9 million indoor practice facility
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on October 06, 2014, 03:22:56 pm
Razorback Baseball @RazorbackBSB  ·  Oct 2

It is pretty clear how Coach Van Horn feels about one of the best collegiate indoor facilities in the country. #WPS

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/By9Ck_SIQAAAlQv.png:large)
Very nice!!!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on October 06, 2014, 03:33:29 pm
"Kentucky is downsizing from 67,000 to 61,000 seats while adding 24 suites and 2,500 club seats. Each suite will cost $60,000, meaning Kentucky could generate $1.4 million in new revenue."

This is what Arkansas needs to do. Remove the bleacher seats and install all chairbacks throughout the stadium. Give the stadium a more pro-stadium like feel to it, plus it will be nice for people to have their own guaranteed seat. It will decrease capacity, but with the way college football and the SEC-Network is going, that may not be a bad thing. Plus, you will make that up with the NEZ expansion.

Then, add as many skyboxes to the stadium as possible. NEZ, indoor club renovations, etc. That is where the money is.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2014, 04:57:22 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  2 minutes ago
Mississippi State announces a crowd of 62,945. It's the largest crowd in school history.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2014, 09:12:11 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  9 minutes ago
Largest crowd in history to watch any kind of football game in state of Texas watching home team (A&M) down 21-0 early in 2nd qtr to OleMiss
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2014, 10:33:56 am
BBL: Plans for new UK football practice facility (access to link) (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/10/15/bbl-plans-for-new-uk-football-practice-facility)

(http://johnclay.bloginky.com/files/2014/10/ukpracticefacility.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2014, 10:35:09 am
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  23 hours ago

Georgia will practice outside today. Richt thinks the rain will slow down enough to allow it. They can use the field turf.

Regarding the indoor practice facility, Richt said his preference is for it to be "as close as possible" to their building.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2014, 09:48:17 am
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  Oct 15

#ICYMI: UK football unveils plans for $45 million "one-stop shop" that'll be posh for players, enticing to recruits: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/uk-beat/2014/10/15/uk-unveils-plan-for-palatial-football-facility/17290245/ …

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/879b2975533bcecea4c6ae42fdceccf61b8fc82b/c=66-0-715-488&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Louisville/None/2014/10/15/635489345191710002-Facility.PNG)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2014, 09:21:15 am
Scott StricklinVerified account@stricklinMSU
Here it is … the final Davis Wade Stadium expansion timelapse in all it’s glory. #HailState  http://youtu.be/hZo4HUKInK0
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2014, 10:14:25 am
Duke drew 28,131 fans to Wallace Wade Stadium for its Homecoming win over UVA on Saturday. Not a lot of people, but a lot of very smart people, in a manner of speaking, though you have to question how wise some of the smart people on campus are considering what they’re thinking about doing with untold tens of millions of dollars.

As in, committing a chunk of the $250 million that the university wants to spend on athletics facilities upgrades, operations and endowment (see update below) on making Wallace Wade a “boutique” football stadium. (http://augustafreepress.com/duke-football-facility-upgrades-make-sense-spend-money)

(http://augustafreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/duke-football-300x225.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2014, 08:13:34 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  5h 5 hours ago
Checked out #Vandy's Memorial Gym hallowed hallway before basketball practice.

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2014, 02:03:04 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  9 minutes ago

#SECTipoff15: Andy Kennedy on Ole Miss' new arena: "I'm super excited. We've been in Tad Smith a long time."

#SECTipoff15: Andy Kennedy: "With enhancement of The Pavilion at Ole Miss, I think it's going to be an exciting venue for our players."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2014, 07:08:35 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  8 hours ago
Replica of #LSU Tiger Stadium - in cans.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0uRx1_CEAEsZVF.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on October 26, 2014, 09:11:07 am
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  8 hours ago
Replica of #LSU Tiger Stadium - in cans.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0uRx1_CEAEsZVF.jpg:large)

Beer cans.......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2014, 12:56:47 pm
Scott StricklinVerified account@stricklinMSU
Here it is … the final Davis Wade Stadium expansion timelapse in all it’s glory. #HailState  http://youtu.be/hZo4HUKInK0


loganlowery @loganlowery  ·  1 hour ago

[Coach Dan] Mullen believes the new bowled in end zone helps create a home field advantage at Davis Wade Stadium.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2014, 08:54:25 am
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  22 hours ago

Packing up photos in the Joe B studio. Anybody recognize this building under construction?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1H-LwRIAAETHuo.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2014, 01:53:11 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  33 minutes ago

Mitch Barnhart announces new $45 million Football practice faculty will break ground in January [in Lexington]
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2014, 01:28:02 pm
A&M has 12 men in the tackle box.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2014, 08:30:46 am
Sizing up the SEC (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/11/02/3514704/sizing-up-the-sec-coaches-defend.html)

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Comebacks

■ Once a heralded recruit, Georgia's Marcus Thornton once considered not playing anymore because of knee injuries. His return to health keyed the Bulldogs' second-half surge last season.

■ Tennessee's Robert Hubbs III, a five-star prospect, was limited to 12 games last season because of labrum surgery on his non-shooting shoulder.

■ Former Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury, who ranks ninth all-time in career coaching victories at an SEC school, is a new assistant coach at Texas A&M.

■ Auburn, initially because of new coach Bruce Pearl's ability to create a buzz around a morbid program...

Mississippi's home court. The Tad Smith Coliseum is 50 years old. A new $69 million facility seating 9,500 is scheduled for opening in January 2016.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2014, 07:12:51 pm
GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  6 minutes ago
UT moves forward on $15 million Thompson-Boling Arena renovation project: http://bit.ly/1x3w4BT

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Changes will include: updated men's and women's locker rooms, upgraded restrooms, concourse improvements, mechanical and electrical upgrades and a new roof.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2014, 07:01:33 am
GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  6 minutes ago
UT moves forward on $15 million Thompson-Boling Arena renovation project: http://bit.ly/1x3w4BT

(http://mediaassets.knoxnews.com/photo/2014/11/03/tba_9440241_ver1.0_640_480.jpg)



Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  8h 8 hours ago

Final thought of the eve. The upcoming TBA renovations are going to mean replacing the trough urinals. So, enjoy them while you can, dudes.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2014, 09:18:42 am
Kentucky's new practice facility evidence Stoops wants to stick around

 Even a week before Mark Stoops signed a lucrative contract extension at Kentucky, it was clear to insiders that he wanted to be in Lexington for a long time.

Just seeing how involved the head coach was in the development of and fundraising for the $45 million football practice facility near Commonwealth Stadium was a clear indicator. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/11/05/3522699_kentuckys-new-practice-facility.html)

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One of the central areas of the practice facility will be a spacious, light-filled weight room, which Korem said would be "amazing from the standpoint of space, the way it feels."

A nearby high-performance analysis room eventually will house a laboratory that will enable in-house health screenings, drug tests and even blood panels.

There will be space nearby for nutritionist Monica Fowler, and areas for sports psychology and sports massage, Korem said.

The building, which will cover roughly 90,000 square feet, will be a place where players may do everything they need to do, except go to class...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2014, 02:59:21 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  57 minutes ago

Tennessee unveils Joan Cronan Volleyball Center. Story from @briancrice: http://www.secsports.com/article/11832324/tennessee-unveils-joan-cronan-volleyball-center … #SEC
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 06, 2014, 05:47:53 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  22 hours ago

Packing up photos in the Joe B studio. Anybody recognize this building under construction?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1H-LwRIAAETHuo.jpg:large)

Not sure but I'm thinking Rupp Arena.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2014, 06:53:05 pm
Not sure but I'm thinking Rupp Arena.

Yep.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2014, 03:07:15 pm
The University of Kentucky has finally released renderings of its planned $45 million football training facility and it appears to be every bit the glittering "one-stop shop" athletic director Mitch Barnhart promised back in January when the school's Board of Trustees approved the privately-funded project. (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/uk-beat/2014/10/15/uk-unveils-plan-for-palatial-football-facility/17290245)

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/66a0f9e85349b703743697a48c1ac68758d8a7e5/c=322-0-2237-1440&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Louisville/None/2014/10/15/635489343990560002-Southwest-Perspective-1-.JPG)

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/66a0f9e85349b703743697a48c1ac68758d8a7e5/c=322-0-2237-1440&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Louisville/None/2014/10/15/635489343113660002-South-Elevation-1-.JPG)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 07, 2014, 03:34:28 pm
Yep.

Haha! I'd like to thank my mother and father…………………….
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 04:35:52 pm
loganlowery @loganlowery  ·  Nov 6
New scoreboard complete

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1y5hNgIAAA9siZ.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on November 08, 2014, 07:03:29 pm
New scoreboard



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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 09:33:18 pm
Jen Smith @jenheraldleader  ·  5 hours ago
A massive crane is already up dismantling part of the old lights at [Commonwealth] stadium. They weren't kidding about getting to work immediately.


Season over.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 09, 2014, 06:04:38 am
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  12 hours ago

This was the final game for Kentucky's press box, but c'mon it's not like anybody here is going around looting souvenirs, oh wait they are.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2014, 07:43:35 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  18 minutes ago
#Vandy just announced that PA system being worked on in Memorial. Trying to disengage Charlie Brown teacher filter
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2014, 07:50:59 pm
Michael Bonnette @LSUBonnette  ·  47 minutes ago
#LSU pays tribute to the Troops & Veterans Day by lighting up arches at Tiger Stadium red, white, and blue. #LSU

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2M-UhhCcAAbhDW.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on November 12, 2014, 08:42:09 am
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  18 minutes ago
#Vandy just announced that PA system being worked on in Memorial. Trying to disengage Charlie Brown teacher filter

This made me laugh.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 12, 2014, 09:09:02 am
This made me laugh.

Me too…………….Now if they can just disconnect that !@#% foghorn. They haven't been blowing it as much this year though!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 11:54:51 am
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  20 minutes ago

Jeremy Foley saying Florida doesn't believe in bells and whistles in facilities.


Apparently not promising anything to lure a new head football coach.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2014, 09:59:35 am
Hugh Kellenberger on Ole Miss using SEC Network money to help fend off suitors for Hugh Freeze: (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/ole-miss/2014/11/18/ole-miss-freeze-deal/19207623)

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The Gators' practice facilities are considered sub-standard in the SEC, and athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday he does not believe "bells and whistles" are essential. Considering one of the first things Freeze and Bjork did together was renovate the Manning Center, Freeze and Foley probably disagree on that point (at least, on how it attracts recruits)...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Dr Swineglove on November 18, 2014, 02:57:04 pm
Not sure but I'm thinking Rupp Arena.

Looks like their old arena, Memorial Hall (cap 10,000).  They use it as a practice facility/women's bball arena.  Rupp Arena renovations were put on hold earlier this year due to high cost and the bad publicity stemming from a very public fight between the UK AD and the city of Lexington.  Rupp is an off-campus arena, btw.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2014, 08:23:17 pm
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  28 minutes ago
Regarding an indoor facility being built by 2015, Greg McGarity tells me tonight that's "impossible." Updated story posted shortly.

Georgia ILB coach Mike Ekeler on having no indoor facility: "It's absolutely crazy. It's absurd."

Story updated with McGarity comments on timing of indoor practice facility.
http://www.macon.com/2014/11/18/3431474/pruitt-says-uga-needs-and-will.html …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2014, 06:22:33 pm
Marc Weiszer @marcweiszer  ·  2 hours ago
Richt on indoor football practice facility says simply coaches are excited it is on the way. Says he will meet soon to discuss location.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 19, 2014, 06:27:02 pm
Looks like their old arena, Memorial Hall (cap 10,000).  They use it as a practice facility/women's bball arena.  Rupp Arena renovations were put on hold earlier this year due to high cost and the bad publicity stemming from a very public fight between the UK AD and the city of Lexington.  Rupp is an off-campus arena, btw.

The picture was NOT of Memorial Hall. I know all about what it is and how they use it now. I was responding to his question about guessing what the old picture was of and I guessed correctly. See his reply #854. I know where Rupp is.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on November 20, 2014, 06:56:08 am
Marc Weiszer @marcweiszer  ·  2 hours ago
Richt on indoor football practice facility says simply coaches are excited it is on the way. Says he will meet soon to discuss location.

Location?!?

Won't it be indoors............?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 20, 2014, 07:33:25 am
Location?!?

Won't it be indoors............?  8)

That only means they must not have a master plan like other schools do……………………..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2014, 08:12:09 am
Marc Weiszer @marcweiszer  ·  2 hours ago
Richt on indoor football practice facility says simply coaches are excited it is on the way. Says he will meet soon to discuss location.


Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Nov 19

It’s an easy solution for everybody: Put the IPF where #UGA track is now (next to football practice fields); build new track off Milledge


Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  23h 23 hours ago

#UGA IPF next to practice fields? MT @RadiNabulsi Was told Athens-Clarke [local government] has a huge issue w/it = Aesthetics. Rolled my eyes so hard it hurt
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 20, 2014, 10:13:15 am

Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Nov 19

It’s an easy solution for everybody: Put the IPF where #UGA track is now (next to football practice fields); build new track off Milledge


Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  23h 23 hours ago

#UGA IPF next to practice fields? MT @RadiNabulsi Was told Athens-Clarke [local government] has a huge issue w/it = Aesthetics. Rolled my eyes so hard it hurt

WOW if true that local government needs to realize who pays for a LOT of their stuff.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2014, 07:14:38 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  21 minutes ago
Instead of watching #UGA athletic officials stall endlessly, why don't #UGA donors step up with $$$ for indoor practice facility?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2014, 11:30:15 am
Paul Johnson @GTPaulJohnson  ·  Nov 18

On a cold day like today it sure is great to have the Brock indoor facility!! Thanks to John and Mary great supporters of #GaTech !!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on November 21, 2014, 03:57:23 pm
Paul Johnson @GTPaulJohnson  ·  Nov 18

On a cold day like today it sure is great to have the Brock indoor facility!! Thanks to John and Mary great supporters of #GaTech !!

That's funny! He should be careful though. If he rubs it in too much that will only embolden Georgia to eventually build one bigger and nicer than Techs and quicker perhaps.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2014, 04:52:55 pm
Paul Johnson @GTPaulJohnson  ·  Nov 18

On a cold day like today it sure is great to have the Brock indoor facility!! Thanks to John and Mary great supporters of #GaTech !!

Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Nov 20
Look at @GeorgiaTechFB state-of-art indoor facility. They're using it this wk to get ready for #UGA game: https://twitter.com/GeorgiaTechFB/status/535556861416980480 …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B26uH9gIEAA6k8X.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2014, 10:56:35 am
(http://dawgs.com/media/kunena/attachments/1788/UGAsPracticeFacility.jpg)
UGa's indoor practice facility

(http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/c-cheer-campweb-indoorfootball.jpg)
Bama's indoor practice facility

http://dawgs.com/forum/georgia-bulldog-football/52973-questions-indoor-practice-facility
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2014, 03:26:29 pm
CoachingSearch.com @coachingsearch  ·  5 hours ago

No indoor facility. http://bit.ly/1sVXqqI  RT @RagjUF: That’s two practices UF lost in last two weeks due to weather.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2014, 10:49:04 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  2 hours ago
New facilities, better players help Gamecocks reach unprecedented levels http://scne.ws/7f5qvW

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ERIC HYMAN: H Hyman took over as athletics director in 2005 and ushered in the greatest era of athletic success that USC has ever known, winning conference and national titles while transforming facilities into some of the best in the country. Hyman hired coaches Bill McDonald, Kalen Harris, McGee Moody, Beverly Smith, Dawn Staley and Frank Martin. He departed in July 2012 for the AD spot at Texas A&M and was replaced by Tanner.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2014, 08:10:01 am
I asked Brooks about the job Mark Stoops is doing and all the football facilities upgrades now in progress.

Brooks was once in Stoops' shoes, struggling through three straight losing seasons before guiding the Wildcats to four consecutive bowl games, and he was outspoken about his belief that Kentucky needed better actual buildings to build a better football program in the SEC. (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/uk-beat/2014/11/26/rich-brooks-weighs-in-on-stoops-uk-facilities/19540089)

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And about those facilities – the in-progress $120 million Commonwealth Stadium renovation and planned $45 million practice facility that will break ground next year?

"Well, we had plans that were kind of in place in 2009 at the end of the season that we were going to start an expansion of that same side of the stadium they're working on now … but it didn't come into fruition," Brooks said. "So I knew it would be a long time before I saw any major improvements. That's one of the reasons that I retired.'

Brooks said if all this was legitimately in the works while he was still the Cats' coach, he'd have stuck around a while longer...

"It's critically important for the future of Kentucky football that they've invested these resources in the football program," he said. "I think it'll pay rewards to be a lot more competitive team in the SEC with these new facilities."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2014, 09:14:23 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  52 seconds ago
That was the last time the A&M press box will sway, Aggies writers say. Press box is moving to opposite stands next year and shouldn't sway.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2014, 07:18:05 pm
Keep hearing UF’s facilities are under par. Does this REALLY hurt recruiting or is it the least of [Florida's] worries? (http://recruiting.blogs.gatorsports.com/19602/zachs-mail-stack-1128)

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Not winning games is hurting the Gators in recruiting more than anything. That’s the most influential thing that can attract prospects to a program.

UF is one of those schools with a strong enough brand name, academic reputation and NFL pipeline that facilities don’t matter as much.

I haven’t been inside any football facilities other than Florida’s, but I didn’t walk away from the tour I went on thinking UF’s weight room or locker room sucked.

Moreover, a few recruits have told me over the years that they like how Florida’s facilities are within walking distance of the campus, dorms, dining hall, stadium and practice field.

But I honestly don’t believe any kids make their decisions based on how nice or convenient a school’s facilities are. It certainly helps when they’re top-notch, but it doesn’t hurt a program that has as much to offer as Florida.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2014, 11:52:59 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  14 hours ago

Via ESPN Bryant-Denny just has a beautiful build -- the proverbial not a bad seat in the joint:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3qUBXlIQAAnzeQ.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2014, 09:29:22 pm
Dieter Kurtenbach @dkurtenbach  ·  7 hours ago
FAU getting an indoor practice facility before Florida or Miami is pretty ridiculous.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2014, 06:57:26 pm
The SEC is in the middle of negotiations on a 10-year deal to play the conference championship game at the new Falcons stadium being constructed in Atlanta... (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/12/sec_repotedly_seeking_10-year.html)

(http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/16489533-large.jpg)
newstadium.atlantafalcons.com
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on December 03, 2014, 09:13:10 pm
Mizzou to put indoor practice facility on hold. The old one will do for now. Instead, to renovate the south end zone with more seating, football offices, weight room, locker room, etc.  Maybe a new visitor postgame interview room. 😃
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hawgey-Davidson on December 03, 2014, 09:54:23 pm
The University of Kentucky has finally released renderings of its planned $45 million football training facility and it appears to be every bit the glittering "one-stop shop" athletic director Mitch Barnhart promised back in January when the school's Board of Trustees approved the privately-funded project. (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/uk-beat/2014/10/15/uk-unveils-plan-for-palatial-football-facility/17290245)The SEC will dictate what Mizzou does or dont do. Cant believe I clicked on an 18 page thread. Pretty boring on MMQB.

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/66a0f9e85349b703743697a48c1ac68758d8a7e5/c=322-0-2237-1440&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Louisville/None/2014/10/15/635489343990560002-Southwest-Perspective-1-.JPG)

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/66a0f9e85349b703743697a48c1ac68758d8a7e5/c=322-0-2237-1440&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Louisville/None/2014/10/15/635489343113660002-South-Elevation-1-.JPG)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on December 03, 2014, 09:55:42 pm
It's time to start fixing up DWRRS once the BB center is done.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on December 05, 2014, 07:43:24 am
Mizzou to put indoor practice facility on hold. The old one will do for now. Instead, to renovate the south end zone with more seating, football offices, weight room, locker room, etc.  Maybe a new visitor postgame interview room.
Apparently, movement on this will begin in January with a goal to get this completed by the 2018 season.  This is what Pinkel wants and I guess he's getting it.  However, when completed, he will be 66 years old.  Not sure how long he will get to enjoy it. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2014, 10:36:55 am
Memorial Stadium is slated to undergo another set of changes come January.

Missouri athletics director Mike Alden and Bryan Maggard, executive associate athletics director, sat down Thursday with members of the media to discuss plans to construct a football facility and a possible seat expansion on the south side of Memorial Stadium. (http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/182430/alden-more-changes-coming-to-memorial-stadium)

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Up until about six weeks ago, Alden and the athletics department were focused on plans for a new indoor football facility where the current outdoor practice fields are. Then, during a meeting at Lakota Coffee Company, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel expressed his desire to prioritize the south end zone project over the indoor facility.

Since the university already has an indoor practice facility, Alden agreed with Pinkel and decided to go forward with the south end zone project.

“With all of the success he (Pinkel) has had and all he has done, you want to keep that going and this gives us an opportunity to focus in on a highly visible but very highly effective project,” Alden said.

The project will begin with expanding the south side of Memorial Stadium to hold the “day-to-day operations” of the football program. This facility will include a weight room, training room, locker room and meeting rooms for the team.

Maggard said once the project begins, they will travel around the country to look at similar facilities at other schools. Texas A&M recently completed work on a similar complex, and Kansas State is beginning construction on a complex attached to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Along with the facility, the south end zone project could include more premium or regular seating. Ultimately, Alden would like to see the south end zone’s section be as tall as the other two sections. But as of now, Alden believes 71,004 is “right where we need to be.” He said the school needs to sell out Memorial Stadium consistently before expanding capacity. Missouri had two sellouts this season...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 07, 2014, 02:00:48 pm
Citrus Bowl @CitrusBowl  ·  Dec 5
Did you know the Orlando Citrus Bowl has 41,000 new lower bowl seats? Check it out at our Community Open House 12/14.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4HgW6EIgAA39UV.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on December 07, 2014, 02:22:05 pm
Citrus Bowl @CitrusBowl  ·  Dec 5
Did you know the Orlando Citrus Bowl has 41,000 new lower bowl seats? Check it out at our Community Open House 12/14.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4HgW6EIgAA39UV.jpg:large)

DWRRS Needs those in Pantone 202
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2014, 01:43:31 pm
From August 2013, Arms Race: Photos of top indoor practice facilities in college football

The Complete Arms Race Series:
As we continue our look around college football, check out the other components of the series including locker rooms, meeting rooms, player lounges, practice facilities and more. (available at link) (http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/college-football-indoor-practice-facilities)

(http://saturdaydownsouth.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/JZZODNTUQBAPSQM.20110329220129.jpg)

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on December 10, 2014, 01:57:14 pm
DWRRS Needs those in Pantone 202

I think it would be awesome to have chairbacks in the entire lower level. It would lower capacity, but it would make the stadium much nicer. Plus, we will make up for the loss in seats with the NEZ expansion.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 10, 2014, 04:11:26 pm
DWRRS Needs those in Pantone 202

Mine are………also padded and with a cup holder!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on December 10, 2014, 04:17:28 pm
Mine are………also padded and with a cup holder!

how much extra are those?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 10, 2014, 04:31:06 pm
how much extra are those?

Donation + ticket upcharge. It depends on what club area you are in as to what donation it is. My tickets face values are $100. I'm in the south outdoor club. My wife does not want to sit anywhere else. We were in the upper deck west side before that. It really doesn't matter to me as much as long as I'm able to be inside the stadium!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on December 10, 2014, 04:56:45 pm
Donation + ticket upcharge. It depends on what club area you are in as to what donation it is. My tickets face values are $100. I'm in the south outdoor club. My wife does not want to sit anywhere else. We were in the upper deck west side before that. It really doesn't matter to me as much as long as I'm able to be inside the stadium!

oh, i thought you were talking about the clip ons
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 10, 2014, 06:24:29 pm
oh, i thought you were talking about the clip ons

Hah! Those don't come with a cup holder…………….
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2014, 10:13:36 pm
Todd Moyer @UT_MBB_STRENGTH  ·  5 hours ago
Rendering of the new barber shop in the anderson training complex!!!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4h6yKVIIAIeCJd.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on December 11, 2014, 08:56:19 am
From August 2013, Arms Race: Photos of top indoor practice facilities in college football

The Complete Arms Race Series:
As we continue our look around college football, check out the other components of the series including locker rooms, meeting rooms, player lounges, practice facilities and more. (available at link) (http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/college-football-indoor-practice-facilities)

(http://saturdaydownsouth.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/JZZODNTUQBAPSQM.20110329220129.jpg)

Obviously we need to pay these guys.  Living in a state-run, all-expenses-paid resort for up to 5 years and a free college education clearly just isn't enough.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2014, 10:35:50 am
Scott Stricklin @CoachStrick10  ·  17 hours ago

Foley Field Update as of December 11, 2014 http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/121114aaa.html …

Video update of work on UGa's baseball facility
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2014, 05:00:18 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  5 hours ago

ICYMI, Ole Miss was able to definitively say Monday what the north endzone project will look like. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/12/15/ole-miss-vaug

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OXFORD Ole Miss' new north endzone will bowl-in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and increase capacity to the largest stadium in the state.

Ole Miss announced concrete plans on Monday. Renderings had been released with the start of the Forward Together campaign in 2011 and again last year, but athletics director Ross Bjork said the current plan best fits the needs of the university while staying within what is possible financially.

It's expected to be completed in time for the 2016 season, and will push capacity to 64,038. Ole Miss will start construction on the north endzone in December 2015. It'll begin work on Jan. 7 on the south endzone project, which will add 30 luxury suites and 770 club level seats for 2015.

Ole Miss will move the student section, which is the one most affected by the addition of premium seating in the south endzone, to the north endzone for the 2016 season. It'll grow from 8,100 seats to more than 10,000, Bjork said.

Ole Miss is installing a new video board (104 feet wide by 94 feet tall) in the north endzone, and will have two 30-by-50 boards at each end of the north endzone.

Lose about 2,000 seats during the '15 season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 16, 2014, 01:26:23 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  5 hours ago

ICYMI, Ole Miss was able to definitively say Monday what the north endzone project will look like. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/12/15/ole-miss-vaug

Lose about 2,000 seats during the '15 season.

old misses does not want MSU to have a bigger stadium than them. They have size envy. However after looking at the drawings of the northendzone expansion of VHS it looks done cheaply and doesn't add that many seats. It does need to be done though because the current north end zone is terrible. I'm surprised how "blah" those drawings look…………..MSU's is much better looking.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2014, 08:44:22 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  10 hours ago
FDetails on 8 am Sunday morn Kyle Field west side implosion, including where to watch: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/12/kyle-
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 11:39:40 am
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  43 minutes ago

If you build it, they will come: http://bit.ly/1GQhlhq

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5En63XIIAEtYon.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on December 17, 2014, 12:09:52 pm
Poor tinnersee fans!

The UT AD has just ordered 105,124 twelve-inch wide bleacher seats.......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 02:27:09 pm
Kentucky Athletics @UKAthletics  ·  3 hours ago

Wondering what's going on with #TheNewCWS? Demolition is your answer. Photo gallery: http://bit.ly/CWSupdate1217

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5Es3rcCQAA1nuH.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 17, 2014, 02:30:07 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  10 hours ago
FDetails on 8 am Sunday morn Kyle Field west side implosion, including where to watch: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/12/kyle-

Doing that to mimic the teams implosion I guess………………………….
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2014, 10:51:53 am
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  2 hours ago
For #UGA fans wanting indoor facility (and they should), McGarity's comments here aren't exactly encouraging: http://on-ajc.com/13CMAAy

Mark Richt has also asked #UGA to build a "recruiting room" at stadium. That's a no-brainer...

Sometimes I wonder if #UGA AD realizes football pays most bills for overall athletic department
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2014, 12:32:27 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  15 hours ago
VIDEO - Stadium upgrades help continue to boost #SEC football attendance: http://www.secsports.com/video/12040649/stadium-upgrades-spike-sec-attendance …

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBiSAWh0dHA6Ly9hMy5lc3BuY2RuLmNvbS9jb21iaW5lci9pP2ltZz0vbWVkaWEvbW90aW9uLzIwMTQvMTIxNy9kbV8xNDEyMTdfU0VDRE1fQ0xUX05DRl9BdHRlbmRhbmNlX2dhaW5zL2RtXzE0MTIxN19TRUNETV9DTFRfTkNGX0F0dGVuZGFuY2VfZ2FpbnMuanBnFMAHFJwEABYAEgA&s=tdFVfA1B7ntG6gOkQrzQBZKdNBeF_-GhVey_9LKr_TY)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Cresthog on December 18, 2014, 01:02:10 pm
Wow louisiana lafayette has an indoor facility and UGA doesn't?

That's shocking.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 18, 2014, 02:17:31 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  15 hours ago
VIDEO - Stadium upgrades help continue to boost #SEC football attendance: http://www.secsports.com/video/12040649/stadium-upgrades-spike-sec-attendance …

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBiSAWh0dHA6Ly9hMy5lc3BuY2RuLmNvbS9jb21iaW5lci9pP2ltZz0vbWVkaWEvbW90aW9uLzIwMTQvMTIxNy9kbV8xNDEyMTdfU0VDRE1fQ0xUX05DRl9BdHRlbmRhbmNlX2dhaW5zL2RtXzE0MTIxN19TRUNETV9DTFRfTkNGX0F0dGVuZGFuY2VfZ2FpbnMuanBnFMAHFJwEABYAEgA&s=tdFVfA1B7ntG6gOkQrzQBZKdNBeF_-GhVey_9LKr_TY)

When I watched that and saw where Michigan only dropped 6% I was shocked it wasn't a bigger % drop than that.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2014, 08:33:54 pm
Doug Gottlieb @GottliebShow  ·  5 hours ago
Please include all defensive game plans RT @BrentZwerneman:West Side of Kyle Field on Thurs, 3days before  implosion:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5KtkJ4CIAAdbmX.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2014, 11:11:41 am
UGA’s indoor facility wasn’t a big deal, but now it is

As we know, the lack of an indoor practice facility has become a flashpoint for Georgia coaches, who believe they really, really need one to keep up with the Butch Joneses of the SEC. (Tennessee has one. Heck, so does Georgia Tech.) Here was McGarity’s take: (http://markbradley.blog.ajc.com/2014/12/18/more-mcgarity-ugas-indoor-facility-wasnt-a-big-deal-but-now-it-is)

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“Georgia spent $33 million on the addition (to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall) that was completed in 2010. (McGarity started as AD in September of that year.) That was four years ago. That would have been the perfect time, if the emphasis was on an indoor building, to do it. That had been on the drawing board since 1999 and 2000 – that never got off the ground. I come in and I’m moving into a brand new building and the indoor facility was not on the radar.

“Let’s fast-forward to 2013, to where it does become important. The first thing we do is talk about it; we have an allocation for the research for our athletic board, which was granted; we’ve selected an architect; we’re in the programming stage right now. When we meet with our board in February, we should have more information on cost and location so we can start the fund-raising.

“Once it was identified as being really, really important — I don’t know how important it was in 2009 or ’10, but if it had been that important, it would have been done at that time – so while it wasn’t that important and we played football outside and that’s the elements we need … (pause) … things change. We react to that.

“There’s a couple of other things that Mark really wants to do that just came to our attention like renovating the football locker room at the stadium and creating a recruiting room in the stadium. Well, once he made me aware of those two things, they were automatically put on our radar. But a lot of times it’s got to be the coach expressing to us what’s important. My question to coaches is, ‘What can I do to help you?’ And if I don’t know about it, I can’t predict what they want in that vein.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2014, 01:19:39 pm
With the help of a record $12.5 million donation from an anonymous donor, construction on a new academic learning center for Florida athletes will begin in March. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20141219/ARTICLES/141219584/1153?Title=UF-athletics-receives-record-donation)

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The donation is the largest individual gift to UF athletics. An additional $12.5 million in matching gifts will provide $25 million to enhance the program for tutoring, studying, academic advising, job placement and other services for UF's 480 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports.

Housed in Farrior Hall and formerly called the Office of Student Life, the program will now be named the Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence.

(https://www.uff.ufl.edu/Scholarships/images/donors/Hawkins_Otis.jpg)
Otis Hawkins
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2014, 08:15:28 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  6 hours ago
R.C. Slocum, Billy Pickard reflect on west side of Kyle Field, set for implosion Sunday morn: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Longtime-Aggies-Slocum-Pickard-eagerly-await-5969982.php … via @HoustonChron

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That means dropping the 10-story west side with explosives, carting off the rubble and putting the final touches on...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2014, 12:12:33 pm
http://texags.com/s/15626/epic-slow-motion-view-of-kyle-fields-west-side-implosion

TexAgs @TexAgs  ·  4 hours ago
Kyle Field's west side is no more.

[vine]OX1IWhbuiUr[/vine]
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Pulled(PP)pork on December 21, 2014, 02:36:52 pm
too awesome!


PP
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2014, 03:10:17 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  4 hours ago
Now that dust has settled people are starting to line up along Wellborn Road to see Kyle Field. Lot of melancholy in the crowd.

[vine]OXnlEvmIrlA[/vine]

Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  4h 4 hours ago
Y'all will be happy to know statues survived implosion, including Jimmy Stewart Yell Leader #ItsAWonderfulLife:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5ZOPpHCUAAZEiB.jpg:large)

John E. Hoover @johnehoover  ·  4 hours ago
@BrentZwerneman Hello you wonderful old swaying press box!!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: ur on December 21, 2014, 03:22:59 pm
That first video could have been from the Friday morning announcement of two defensive commitments to Texas and another defensive decommitment from the ags. My hometown friend Charlie "Tub'' Strong taking back ownership of that state.
 Swagcopter Down! 
Sorry Charlie, can't pull for you on the next game though.  :razorback: ::hornsdown::
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Tejano Jawg on December 21, 2014, 04:17:55 pm
Pretty cool actually. I like watching stuff blow up.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on December 22, 2014, 08:51:18 am
All of this money going into an average football program.  Getting out of control.  But if you have it, spend it.  It's good for the economy.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 23, 2014, 07:39:29 am
The University of Kentucky's renovated Commonwealth Stadium is on track to be finished in time for the first home football game of the 2015 season on Sept. 5.  (Photo gallery at link) (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/12/22/3606798_get-an-updated-look-at-construction.html)

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Tony Neely, assistant athletics director at the University of Kentucky, said the $120 million renovation is still on schedule. Since the last home football game on Nov. 8, Neely said construction has been underway on parts of the stadium that were used during the season, such as the concourses, which include restrooms and concessions.

While that part of the project is focused on rebuilding, crews have been working on building the new parts of the stadium all year, including the new press box and suite boxes at the top south side of the stadium.

"The entire exterior stadium will have a new look," Neely said. "Some of that is already in place, featuring Kentucky limestone."

"It's going to bring a modern new look to the stadium," Neely said.

(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2014/12/22/13/38/pxjFo.AuSt.79.jpeg)
Charles Bertram
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on December 23, 2014, 02:48:23 pm
UGA’s indoor facility wasn’t a big deal, but now it is

As we know, the lack of an indoor practice facility has become a flashpoint for Georgia coaches, who believe they really, really need one to keep up with the Butch Joneses of the SEC. (Tennessee has one. Heck, so does Georgia Tech.) Here was McGarity’s take: (http://markbradley.blog.ajc.com/2014/12/18/more-mcgarity-ugas-indoor-facility-wasnt-a-big-deal-but-now-it-is)


So his management strategy is to just kick back in the office and wait for someone to mention something?  UGA made a bang up hire there. Explains their general air of underachievement.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Rzbakfromwaybak on December 24, 2014, 01:25:17 am

Wow.  Saw the video & at first thought that the NCAA had caught up with them & was finally making an example.....
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on December 24, 2014, 04:09:30 am
All of this money going into an average football program.  Getting out of control.  But if you have it, spend it.  It's good for the economy.

I don't like the Laggies, but I do respect the fact they show up for their team in above average numbers.  More than twice the average.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Torqued pork on December 24, 2014, 06:06:04 am
Another weird Aggie tradition will probably spawn from that.

The world needs more weird Aggie traditions.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on December 24, 2014, 08:06:26 am
All of this money going into an average football program.  Getting out of control.  But if you have it, spend it.  It's good for the economy.

Until Pinkel arrived the same could have been said about Mizzou. No wait….they don't spend that kind of money then. Now they spend a little.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2014, 09:12:05 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  24 hours ago
I had missed this earlier from A&M athletics, every angle on Kyle Field west side implosion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFY0MGIRQUo&feature=youtu.be …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: HoGustav on December 24, 2014, 10:14:14 am
Looking forward to seeing this every time Aggie drops a ball game for years to come.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2014, 08:01:57 pm
Felizrau Navidad @zrau  ·  23 hours ago
Merry Christmas from Death Valley.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5lt-m6CYAA3RtU.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2014, 08:06:27 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Questions about the future of the Texas A&M football program abound even as the Aggies enter Monday’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl against West Virginia.  (http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/texas-aggies/20141228-hairopoulos-turbulent-texas-am-season-has-place-in-grand-scheme.ece)

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A&M is coming off a turbulent 7-5 regular season, in which it went 3-5 in the SEC, its worst showing in three years in the league.

Aggies will be more interested in what happens on the field Monday, and how A&M can take the ups-and-downs of this season and make use of them. And sooner than later, considering the $450 million plus poured into Kyle Field, Sumlin’s $5 million a year pay and the highly ranked recruiting classes that demand the Aggies contend for an SEC title before long...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2014, 10:29:37 am
SportsTalk @sportstalksc  ·  Dec 28

The refurbished Citrus Bowl Stadium.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B59IKzgCYAA65AG.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on December 29, 2014, 12:03:17 pm
I wonder if the quicksand is still under the turf?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on December 31, 2014, 09:59:18 am
Nice indoor practice facility:

Auburn Gold Mine @AUGoldMine  ·  24 hours ago
It's a rainy day in Tampa, so Auburn is practicing inside The Trop in St. Pete this Tuesday

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6HXydPIEAA3nQT.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2015, 11:27:35 am
From UK AD Barnhart's letter to fans (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/barnhart-writes-second-letter-to-fans-looking-ahead-to-2015)

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...construction crews are working hard to prepare The New CWS for our season opener on Sept. 5. The stadium changes every week and I can’t tell you how excited I am to show off our new home. With the renovation in progress and the plans we have for our new practice facility, we are taking great steps toward competing at the highest level in our conference as we all want to do.

With the new stadium opening and the momentum our staff and players have created, we know the next year is crucial. ...

On top of the stadium construction, we are working as a department to take our game on game day to the next level. As part of our BBN First initiative, we continue to engage with the Disney Institute to take lessons from one of the world’s leaders in customer service and apply them to what we do. Our first step has been to take a close look at our internal culture and we are already gaining valuable insight into what we can do better.

BBN First, in large part, came about as a result of us realizing as a department that the way fans enjoy sports is different than it ever has been before, but the landscape of college athletics is changing in more ways than just that...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2015, 08:43:39 pm
http://texags.com/s/15626/epic-slow-motion-view-of-kyle-fields-west-side-implosion

TexAgs @TexAgs  ·  4 hours ago
Kyle Field's west side is no more.

[vine]OX1IWhbuiUr[/vine]

Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  4 hours ago
Kyle Field west side as of Saturday January 3, 2015:

[vine]OdJJ3EDDQFW[/vine]
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2015, 08:43:27 pm
Ben Garrett @SpiritBen  ·  8 hours ago
The Grove Bowl has been moved back one week to April 11 due to construction plans with the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium renovation.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2015, 05:24:05 pm
Ben Garrett @SpiritBen  ·  Jan 10
The lights are out. Tad Pad gonna Tad Pad.

WIN RT @OleMissAF: Annual "Lights Out" game at the Tad Pad.  Support #ForwardTogether and the Pavilion by donating at ...

You say the Tad Pad is a dump? Pete Boone says it's charming, duh.

A "campus power glitch" knocked out the power, we're told. Should be back up in 15 minutes. And then the boos came, and I laughed.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 08:48:25 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14 hours ago

Updating progress on Sewell-Thomas Stadium renovation as Alabama baseball project hits milestone. http://ow.ly/Hlg32

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The $42.6 million renovation and expansion of Sewell-Thomas Stadium hit its first milestone Wednesday.

The indoor hitting/pitching facility was dedicated in a ceremony attended by more than 100 program supporters, current and former Alabama baseball players.

Athletics director Bill Battle and coach Mitch Gaspard said the massive project was on schedule for the 2016 re-opening of the ballpark.

As the progress was celebrated inside, construction work continued outside. Since demolition began last summer, the stadium has been almost completely gutted. The press box, clubhouse and several seating sections are gone and the rebuilding process is underway.

As a result, the 2015 season will be played at the Hoover Met. The opener is less than a month away with Maryland Eastern-Shore coming to suburban Birmingham on Feb. 13.

The Tide can still use the Sewell-Thomas field for practice, but it's definitely a work zone. A portion of the right field grass is taken up by construction and the dugouts are unavailable. The last phase of construction, rotating the field slightly, will take place after the 2015 season is complete.

(http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/16773773-large.png)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 02:30:09 pm
Rhett Hobart @RhettHobart  ·  57 minutes ago

It's almost that time.. First lounge of the season has arrived at Dudy Noble. 29 days to go. #HailState

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7ah83hIEAAtcSQ.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2015, 01:43:00 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  22 hours ago
As Stoops said on KSR 3 weeks ago RT @jenheraldleader: BREAKING: Kentucky will not host 2015 Blue-White Spring Game. http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2015/01/16/kentucky-will-not-host-a-blue-white-spring-game/ …

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Construction at Commonwealth Stadium is going to keep UK from having its annual Blue-White spring game this April, a team spokesman told the Herald-Leader on Friday afternoon.

The school looked at multiple off-campus venue options as the school finishes up a $120 million renovation project at Commonwealth Stadium, but several factors made those unfeasible...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2015, 03:38:14 pm
OleMissAthFoundation @OleMissAF  ·  Jan 16
#ForwardTogether campaign surpasses $130 million! On our way to our goal of $150! Thank you to members everywhere!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7gEtvjCYAAfEHK.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 10:14:17 am
David Morrison @DavidCMorrison  ·  17 hours ago

Blog: A running transcription of Mike Alden's presser today- http://bit.ly/1CMCDvG .

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How are the softball complex and south end zone renovations coming along?

"With the softball complex, that project should be going in front of the board of curators the week after next for approval to be able to move forward with the architect we'll be recommending to design the new softball complex. Remember, that softball complex is going to be designed and built on the east side of the Hearnes Center. From a financing, funding standpoint, we're in good shape with all of that. It's all subject to approval by the board.

"With regards to next steps on the end-zone complex, that's something that still needs to be approved by the board of curators in concept. That will not take place at these next meetings, but that's something that we're hoping to be able to get that out for approval in the next, I don't know exactly what meetings those will be, but it will be in the near future."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 01:20:39 pm
Edgar Thompson @osgators  ·  5 hours ago

Gators announce plans to build a $15 million indoor practice facility, featuring a 120-yard field

UF estimates 30 practices in 2014 were impacted by weather. Advanced lightning detection is one reason the number has risen.

Bad weather, O'Dome renovations and coach Jim McElwain were driving forces behind #Gators new IPF: http://bit.ly/1xy1zUf

(http://www.trbimg.com/img-54bfb9f1/turbine/os-gators-indoor-practice-facility-20150121-002/400/400x225)

(http://www.trbimg.com/img-54bfb9c2/turbine/os-gators-indoor-practice-facility-20150121-001/150/150x150)

Reports that the IPF will be completed by September.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 02:44:34 pm
Jay Jacobs @jayjacobsauad  ·  2 hours ago

Fantastic upgrades to the auditorium. Our student athletes are going to love it! #WarEagle

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B75Nn_RCcAIFakY.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on January 22, 2015, 07:06:15 am
Jay Jacobs @jayjacobsauad  ·  2 hours ago

Fantastic upgrades to the auditorium. Our student athletes are going to love it! #WarEagle

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B75Nn_RCcAIFakY.jpg)

A monster screen is considered a huge upgrade?!? (Everyone has these.)  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2015, 11:23:58 am
Jerry Jones, wife donate $10.65 million to Arkansas athletics (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/21/jerry-jones-wife-donate-10-65-million-to-arkansas-athletics)

(https://nbccollegefootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/jerry-jones.jpg?w=360)

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A portion of Jones’ eight-figure gift will be utilized for what’s described as “a Wild Band of Razorbacks monument to establish a permanent tribute” to that title-winning team. The monument “will consist of six Razorbacks, accented by custom lighting and water features… will be approximately 20 feet high and 30 feet wide, with bronze Razorback hogs six feet tall and 12 to 14 feet long.”

The six Razorbacks will symbolize “individual characteristics indicative of the University of Arkansas and the Razorback Nation – Passion, Courage, Victory, Integrity, Unity and a Relentless Nature.”

In addition to the monument, the gift will support football team locker room at the Fred W. Smith Football Center; the soon-to-be-completed Student-Athlete Success Center; and the entrance lobby of the Student-Athlete Success Center.

(https://nbccollegefootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/wild-band-of-razorbacks-monument.png?w=480&h=240)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2015, 12:29:09 pm
OleMissAthFoundation @OleMissAF  ·  4 hours ago

Great shot of the Pavilion at Ole Miss. Coming along nicely & the bowl is starting to take shape! #ForwardTogether

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B79dXFQIUAAJjRi.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2015, 02:58:32 pm
Alligator Army @AlligatorArmy  ·  Jan 21

Florida's $15M IPF is a win for the #Gators — and a bigger one for Jim McElwain. http://sbnation.com/e/7630104 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2015, 02:59:18 pm
Chris Clark @GCChrisClark  ·  4 hours ago

RT @GamecocksOnline: Latest views of the construction progress on the new indoor practice facility in Gamecock Park!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8DJFweCMAA4N9e.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 10:04:49 am
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  43 minutes ago
Colonial Life Arena is one of the nicest in the SEC.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8H-pxuIUAA5MrF.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on January 24, 2015, 10:24:14 am
This is such a good thread. Thx for the info jb
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 06:03:42 pm
You're welcome.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 06:03:52 pm
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  1 minute ago
Wireless here terrible. Will not miss Tad Pad.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 04:03:01 pm
Joe Schad @schadjoe  · 
Florida practice facility image http://ow.ly/i/8l0on

(http://static.ow.ly/photos/normal/8l0on.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on January 25, 2015, 04:08:31 pm
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  43 minutes ago
Colonial Life Arena is one of the nicest in the SEC.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8H-pxuIUAA5MrF.jpg:large)

If IRC that one was done by the same one's that did BWA wasn't it?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2015, 09:36:53 am
Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN  ·  22 hours ago

UCF stadium adding Florida-themed social area, lounge & sun deck b/w 30-yard lines via @UCFKnights

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8SuoBXCMAEitMw.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2015, 02:47:14 pm
Austin Kim @AustinKKim  ·  29 minutes ago

Someone stole the panels from the Mizzou scoreboard...or it's probably under repairs. One of the two...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8YfSMWCIAAd1HS.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on January 28, 2015, 07:11:51 am
Austin Kim @AustinKKim  ·  29 minutes ago

Someone stole the panels from the Mizzou scoreboard...or it's probably under repairs. One of the two...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8YfSMWCIAAd1HS.jpg:large)

At that altitude, it was nodoubt someone on the basketball team..........  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2015, 01:53:04 pm
New Atlanta Stadium @NewATLStadium  ·  4 hours ago

Check out the latest #NewAtlantaStadium aerial photos —> http://atlfal.co.nz/1Daikbv 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8coha-IIAADFy4.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on January 28, 2015, 09:03:18 pm
Ben Garrett @SpiritBen  ·  Jan 10
The lights are out. Tad Pad gonna Tad Pad.

WIN RT @OleMissAF: Annual "Lights Out" game at the Tad Pad.  Support #ForwardTogether and the Pavilion by donating at ...

You say the Tad Pad is a dump? Pete Boone says it's charming, duh.

A "campus power glitch" knocked out the power, we're told. Should be back up in 15 minutes. And then the boos came, and I laughed.

Pete Boone also thought the Dale was charming. Ugh.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2015, 10:33:56 pm
Pete Boone also thought the Dale was charming. Ugh.

Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  11 hours ago
It's a week before National Signing Day, so remember: the coaches are recruiting 24/7 so you don't have to.

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2015, 11:08:18 am
Scott Rabalais        ✔ @RabalaisAdv
#LSU announces largest planned gift in school history - $40 million - half going to TAF for scholarships, facilities; half to LSU Foundation
3:56 PM - 28 Jan 2015
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2015, 01:50:56 pm
We Hoop This State @wreckhoops  ·  3 hours ago

"@GamecocksOnline: Latest views of the new football indoor facility construction & practice fields! " @Carvell_AJC FYI

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8m7U-PCAAAQixg.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2015, 11:31:26 am
Jason Yellin @JasonYellin  ·  12 minutes ago
Shot clock issues with the precision timing device here at #Vols game.

Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  4 minutes ago
#Vols trailing Auburn 12-9 w/ 11:23 in half. Auburn's Tahj Shamsid-Deen is playing well in his first SEC start this season.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2015, 03:27:50 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  19 hours ago
Vine of west side of Kyle Field on last night of January 2015:

[vine]OtjzrqP9n0z[/vine]
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 07:08:11 am
(http://imgick.al.com/home/bama-media/pgmain/img/alphotos/photo/2015/01/31/-b19e7627fec96ac7.JPG)

Alabama infielder/catcher Kyle Overstreet (6) warms up for the bottom of the fourth during Alabama's fourth scrimmage of the young baseball pre-season, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala. The Red and grey teams played to a 6-inning 1-1 tie. Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com

Bama's campus stadium is being rebuilt in 2015 and their home games will move to the site of the SEC baseball tournament.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 07:40:18 am
OleMissPolice @OleMissPolice  ·  31 minutes ago

Due to a complete loss of water pressure on the Oxford campus, the campus is closed for faculty, staff, and... http://fb.me/2kWNQrEUt
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 09:05:06 am
Auburn planning Jordan-Hare Stadium upgrades, largest video scoreboard in college football (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2015/02/auburn_planning_jordan-hare_st.html)

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Auburn University's Board of Trustees will meet Friday to approve or deny the construction of a 200-foot wide scoreboard, which is expected to cost an estimated $13.9 million, according to documents.

"If what we are intending to do is approved, it'll be the biggest video board in college football," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told AL.com.

Jacobs said the video board above the south end zone will measure roughly 200-feet wide and 55- to 57-feet tall, which would surpass Texas A&M's recently-installed board that measures 7,661 square feet. Exact dimensions for Auburn's video board were not included in documents provided to Auburn's trustees. The scoreboard will be operational in August 2015 if the project is approved Friday.

"That's what our fans deserve and what our football team deserves," Jacobs said.

Auburn is also in the early steps of upgrading Jordan-Hare Stadium and is seeking approval to engage an architect and construction manager for the project. The project does not yet have a price tag.

Upgrades at 87,451-seat stadium could begin as soon as December, according to documents, with a completion date prior to the 2017 season. Construction could also be delayed until December 2016 or December 2017 with completion before the 2018 or 2019 seasons.

"The timing is right," Jacobs said. "We're one of the few schools to play in front of a sold-out crowd in every game, home and away. Some schools, because of their demand, they've increased stadium sizes and sometimes that's not, in retrospect, the best thing to do. ... For us, we're great with the size of our stadium right now. We just need to continue to have the best game-day experience in the nation."

Auburn is exploring options, including widening the concourse and upgrading restrooms, but plans will not be discussed or finalized until the summer. The first step will not occur until the trustees approve initial discussions at the meeting Friday.

The small scoreboard in the north end zone will remain in place, Jacobs said, but he hopes to replace it with a state-of-the-art video scoreboard in the next two years. Structural upgrades must be discussed before adding a larger scoreboard to the stands.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/08/scarbinsky_auburn_works_on_mas.html
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2015, 10:29:54 am
Break Orbit Studios @BreakOrbitLive  ·  Feb 1

If @jayjacobsauad has his way, @FootballAU will have the biggest video board in the NCAA. Big. #WarEagle

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B80dHH0CYAAcysA.png)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B80dEz2CUAM8Jde.jpg)

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 10:34:14 am
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  2 hours ago

At Quandeski Whitlow signing, held inside Opelika High's indoor facility. Yeah it's nice.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9AYq6pIYAEQDfn.jpg:large)

UGa and Florida take note.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 05:30:09 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  3 hours ago

The West Side of Kyle Field on Wednesday afternoon, taken from inside SE tunnel:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9B0_yKIAAEYubm.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2015, 03:58:27 pm
Blake Toppmeyer @btoppmeyer  ·  1 hour ago

UM Board of Curators approves $16 million funding plan for new softball stadium http://m.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu/um-board-of-curators-approves-million-funding-plan-for-new/article_f394864e-e1f9-5e94-a61a-f0a3e73877d7.html …

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Private gifts are slated to supply $13.5 million of the project funding. The other $2.5 million will come from debt financing as part of the $72 million approved by the board in 2012 for athletics facilities projects.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, in comments to the curators, said he’s confident MU will meet its private funding goal...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2015, 01:03:38 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1 hour ago

Auburn approves construction of college football's largest video scoreboard http://ow.ly/ICMEx 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9La1S9CEAAYubW.jpg:large)

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The Auburn Board of Trustees approved a plan Friday to install the scoreboard above the grandstands in the south end zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The project, budgeted at $13.9 million, will commence in March and is expected to be completed in August.

The scoreboard structure will be 200 feet wide and 105 feet tall. The video board will measure 190-by-57 feet and 10,830 square feet, surpassing the current scoreboard at Texas A&M, which measures 7,661 square feet and is considered the largest video board in college football.

"This is going to be an enhancement that moms and dads are going to have to come to because their kids are going to want to see this video board, the biggest in college football," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. "It's going to be a great asset, not only for our fans, but also our students and our perspective student-athletes."

The current video board in the south end zone will be removed in March. A video scoreboard will not be in place during Auburn's A-Day spring game on April 18.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2015, 02:01:04 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks

Do any @VandyBaseball stadium sections/areas have an identity? Any more lively than others? (I've heard RF). Kids/dads in OF seats?
9:59 AM - 6 Feb 2015

Clark Ramey ‏@UncleClark 54 minutes ago
@AdamSparks @VandyBaseball 3B line, especially when the FB linemen get out there and heckle the 3B.

NotMrC ‏@mrcommodorenope 28 minutes ago
@AdamSparks There's old ladies with season tix behind the backstop who like hooting and hollering "Git em____, Git em!"
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on February 06, 2015, 09:36:10 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1 hour ago

Auburn approves construction of college football's largest video scoreboard http://ow.ly/ICMEx 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9La1S9CEAAYubW.jpg:large)


Now they can watch Ernest Goes to Camp in all of the HD, jumbotron glory it deserves.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on February 07, 2015, 03:28:58 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1 hour ago

Auburn approves construction of college football's largest video scoreboard http://ow.ly/ICMEx 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9La1S9CEAAYubW.jpg:large)


How spoiled am I?  That just doesn't look like that big of a deal anymore.

The new Atlanta stadium will have the biggest of any venue when done.  A full 360° around the top.

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 07, 2015, 07:26:54 am
Auburn planning Jordan-Hare Stadium upgrades, largest video scoreboard in college football (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2015/02/auburn_planning_jordan-hare_st.html)

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/08/scarbinsky_auburn_works_on_mas.html


They need new elevators I've heard…………………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2015, 11:54:48 am
The University of Alabama baseball team will hold its annual Fan Day this Saturday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, where all the team's home games will be played this year. (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/02/alabama_baseball_team_2015_fan.html#incart_story_package)

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Activities begin at 10 a.m. with a free youth baseball clinic for children ages 12 and younger. Members of the Alabama coaching staff and players will teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching and base running.

After the youth clinic ends at 11 a.m., Alabama coaches and staff will lead fans on a tour of the Hoover Met, showing off the Tide's new home for this year. The tour will begin at home plate and go all through the stadium, including the locker room, party deck and banquet room areas.

The coaching staff really wanted to show the fans how good a job the city of Hoover has done in making the Alabama team feel at home at the Hoover Met, said Alex Thompson, an assistant sports information director for Alabama. The stadium is decorated with Alabama Crimson Tide signs and logos, and the field is in great shape for the 2015 season, he said.

The tour ends at the banquet room, where the Grandslammers booster club will have its annual barbecue...

The free full-game scrimmage is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

Seats still available for season ticket packages will be marked, and fans will be able to buy tickets Saturday or online.

Reserved chairback season tickets cost $125, or $100 for Alabama faculty and staff and $65 for senior citizens. General admission season tickets cost $60. Single-game tickets cost $10 for reserved chairs with backs, $8 for adult general admission and $5 general admission for youth ages 18 and younger.

Fans also can pay $21 for general admission seating to three weekend series games, $36 for six weekend series games or $45 for nine weekend series games. Those "mini-plans" are good for any weekend series except opening weekend.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2015, 01:17:18 pm
Greg Blackman @Lil_BucCoach  ·  6 hours ago
photo of an intramural fball game AUvsGa b4 sanctioned teams

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9Pt5woCYAA6Q_h.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2015, 04:02:30 pm

They need new elevators I've heard…………………………...

AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3 hours ago
Auburn aims to update Jordan-Hare Stadium, build new locker room, recruiting lounge http://ow.ly/IFyAu

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Auburn could begin upgrading and installing a new locker room at Jordan-Hare Stadium as soon as December.

The Auburn Board of Trustees approved Friday a plan to engage an architect and project manager for the potential upgrades. Plans should be finalized in the summer, with approval needed from the board at a later date.

The plans will include a new locker room and recruiting lounge beyond the north end zone, and updates to premium seating, amenities and a wider concourse in the grandstands. The north facade could get an upgrade, too, after years of exposed steel visible outside the stadium.

Auburn is in the process of conducting a feasibility study for upgrades, which is scheduled to be completed in the spring. The first step of that plan will focus on the north end zone.

"It gives us a chance also to come in there and make the facade of the north end so much nicer, maybe with a brick (composition)," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. "Now I don't know if that's how it's going to turn out, but that's our vision. That's my vision: to have the best-looking stadium in college football."

No elevator.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 08, 2015, 08:38:27 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3 hours ago
Auburn aims to update Jordan-Hare Stadium, build new locker room, recruiting lounge http://ow.ly/IFyAu

No elevator.

No wonder we are losing assistants……………………….. ;)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on February 09, 2015, 06:50:35 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3 hours ago
Auburn aims to update Jordan-Hare Stadium, build new locker room, recruiting lounge http://ow.ly/IFyAu

No elevator.

I guess that row of port-o-lets outside the locker room will finally disappear.......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2015, 04:49:48 pm
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  7 hours ago
Florida AD Jeremy Foley did not comment when asked whether UF would decline hosting NIT games due to O'Dome renovations, due to start in mid-March.

Foley chose not to comment on NIT because he thinks Gators "still in the hunt" for NCAA bid. Gators need to win next 7, imo, to get in it..

Foley also said there are plans to expand/improve the weight room at the Florida basketball facility,
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2015, 09:12:31 am
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  16 hours ago

Foley: Facilities will get done at UF - via @Gator_sports http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20150209/ARTICLES/150209620 …

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Jim McElwain has made it clear he thinks UF’s football facilities are in need of an upgrade.

UF athletic director Jeremy Foley made it just as clear Monday that McElwain is going to get what he needs to rebuild the Gators into a championship program, including probable future renovations to the locker room and dorms.

“We're going to do all we can to help Mac be successful,” Foley said. “I do think as I go around the league and look at some other places, we probably need to do some more in our locker room. I also said I don't think that's the reason that we're not where we need to be.

“At the end of the day, the University of Florida is still a special place. At the same time, we are going to evaluate our facilities and make sure coach Mac has everything he needs to be successful and we're moving forward with that.”

The movement has already begun. Construction recently began on a $15-million indoor practice facility that is expected to be completed by September. Foley said UF also is looking into making improvements in the dorms and will evaluate the football locker room and where that needs to be.

“We have a history of getting stuff done. And we will get it done,” Foley said. “We’re going to rebuild this football program. We want a national championship program.”

(http://www.gatorsports.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GS&Date=20150209&Category=ARTICLES&ArtNo=150209620&Ref=AR&imageVersion=Main&MaxW=445&border=0)
Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2015, 11:37:05 am
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  Feb 9

Andy Kennedy just said the Tad Pad is not "amenities rich." Suffice to say, AK is not "emotion rich" about leaving the Tad Pad behind.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2015, 10:24:36 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  9 hours ago
Putting up National Champions lettering at @VandyBaseball's Hawkins Field

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9lljjNIQAER1Pi.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2015, 08:51:56 am
Zach Abolverdi @ZachAbolverdi  ·  Feb 10

Cool shot of the construction of #UF's indoor practice facility. #Gators

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9gUqMTIgAE-iNs.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogball on February 14, 2015, 07:08:50 pm
Did Ole Miss really build a NEW basketball stadium that only seats 9500?

Whats up with that!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: PigDaddyKane on February 14, 2015, 07:13:22 pm
Tad pad only seats 8,867.  How many times do they sell that out?

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: regi on February 14, 2015, 08:17:19 pm
I heard their AD talking during their Spring game, they really do not have large numbers to satisfy. The football stadium may go the UK route, more premium seating, but not more total seating. It is a State with around the same Population as Arkansas, but they have to split that population with Miss State and Southern Miss. Arkansas splits nothing with Major programs in state, also, Mississippi is a poorer State than Arkansas, So really, no shock they are building a small arena.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 10:11:42 am
 ATHENS — Georgia has focused on one spot for its proposed indoor practice facility and is planning for it to be very expensive.

That’s the major news from the meeting of the Georgia athletics board Tuesday, when the plans for the facility were discussed in executive session for about 20 minutes. No news was announced afterwards, with no firm date set for an opening or even a groundbreaking.

But athletics director Greg McGarity said the project ultimately could cost “in the ballpark of $30 million.” That’s twice as much as similar projects, such as the just-announced indoor facility project at Florida. (http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2015/02/17/3570710_georgia-planning-to-build-expensive.html)

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“We have one chance to get it right,” McGarity said. “We do not want to compromise. This building will be here forever. So you have to think that way.”

As for the location, the focus now is on the area just beyond the football team’s current outdoor practice fields, off of Lumpkin Street, and leading up to Stegeman Coliseum. It likely would force the removal of the Hoke Smith annex and its parking lot, among other things. It also would likely knock out Smith Street, a two-lane road that runs between the current practice fields and the Hoke Smith annex. It also potentially could cut into the team’s current lower outdoor practice fields.

The area including the proposed site is owned by Georgia and not the athletics association, which are two separate entities financially.

“It’s not within our fence line,” McGarity said of the proposed site. “It complicates things.”

So Georgia president Jere Morehead requested the board go into executive session to discuss a “real estate transaction.”

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Cresthog on February 18, 2015, 10:21:01 am
New Atlanta Stadium @NewATLStadium  ·  4 hours ago

Check out the latest #NewAtlantaStadium aerial photos —> http://atlfal.co.nz/1Daikbv 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8coha-IIAADFy4.jpg:large)

Is that the football stadium? Already?

Looks super small? Or is that basketball arena?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 10:25:51 am
Is that the football stadium? Already?

Looks super small? Or is that basketball arena?

http://newstadium.atlantafalcons.com/overview

Football

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The seating capacity can be expanded to up to 75,000 to play host to a potential future Super Bowl or FIFA World Cup, or to up to 83,000 for other events such as the NCAA Final Four...

Pics and video tour at the link

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9LKKP2CQAA7nDa.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 12:59:25 pm
Scott Spurrier @SctSpurr  ·  Feb 17

Construction of the new Indoor Football Facility is moving along. Excited to get that finished and move in

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-DwwG4CYAAwIDR.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on February 19, 2015, 07:33:48 am
Scott Spurrier @SctSpurr  ·  Feb 17

Construction of the new Indoor Football Facility is moving along. Excited to get that finished and move in

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-DwwG4CYAAwIDR.jpg:large)

Is that at Florida or South Carolina?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2015, 07:41:17 am
Is that at Florida or South Carolina?  8)

South Carolina
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on February 19, 2015, 09:37:46 am
Did Ole Miss really build a NEW basketball stadium that only seats 9500?

Whats up with that!

We can't really fill more than that.  It's better to have a nicer, smaller facility than a big facility that's a 1/3 empty many nights.

I don't think we're going to see many huge arenas built anymore.  I also don't think we're going to see tons of radical stadium expansions most places either.  The move is going to be making what's there better.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on February 19, 2015, 09:55:08 am
We can't really fill more than that.  It's better to have a nicer, smaller facility than a big facility that's a 1/3 empty many nights.

I don't think we're going to see many huge arenas built anymore.  I also don't think we're going to see tons of radical stadium expansions most places either.  The move is going to be making what's there better.

Smaller, nicer stadiums are really the way to go. Look at the NFL. Most new stadiums are around 60-70k seats.

If Arkansas was building a new basketball arena, they'd probably go with 12,000 seats, but have multiple different luxury type seating.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2015, 12:03:48 pm
Tennessee Basketball @Vol_Hoops  ·   39 minutes ago
A view (literally) from above here at Tad Smith Coliseum. Vols at Ole Miss tonight at 7:30 pm.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-YnAapCYAAoRbK.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 21, 2015, 02:10:50 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  2 hours ago

At Quandeski Whitlow signing, held inside Opelika High's indoor facility. Yeah it's nice.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9AYq6pIYAEQDfn.jpg:large)

UGa and Florida take note.

Some high schools in Arkansas have something as nice if not nicer.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 23, 2015, 11:04:08 am
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  1 hour ago

Tom Glavine on Carolina Stadium: 'Oh my gosh, this place is unbelievable' http://www.gogamecocks.com/2015/02/22/682531_tom-glavine-takes-in-the-gamecocks.html …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-iPnF4IQAAesT4.jpg:large)

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Tom Glavine, the National Baseball Hall of Fame member who won 305 games over 22 seasons with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, took in the game in support of his younger brother Mike Glavine, the Northeastern head coach.

Glavine drove over Sunday morning from his Atlanta-area home to watch the Huskies, who dropped a 6-4 decision to the Gamecocks. He liked the close proximity of his brother's team for a change.

Glavine, the left-hander who pitched in the major leagues from 1987 to 2008, started the game sitting in the third-base stands before moving up to one of the suites to take in the action. He was impressed by what he saw of Carolina Stadium.

"Oh my gosh, this place is unbelievable. It's as nice as many minor league ballparks as you'll ever see," Glavine said. "It's a great facility, and South Carolina has done a great job with their program. It looks like they've got another solid team again this year."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 11:38:37 am
C-J Sports staff @sports_cj  ·  2 hours ago

UK academic center to expand http://cjky.it/1DkshUS  @kyletucker_cj

Stoops makes brief comments thanking Keeneland, Maker's Mark, says, "OK, let me turn it over to the undefeated guy." Then Cal takes mike

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The University of Kentucky athletic department announced Tuesday that Keeneland and Maker’s Mark will partner with UK to help fund an expansion of the school’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Services, which provides tutoring to student-athletes.

There will be a new CATS building constructed on the south side of campus – where many of the university’s athletes live - within the new football training center.

Maker’s Mark and Keeneland hope to raise $2 million to fund the project over the next five years through their own contributions and from the proceeds of sales of special commemoratives bottles of Maker’s Mark bourbon...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 12:54:37 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  2 hours ago

BREAKING: #Vandy Memorial Gym's unique coach box to be extended up sideline http://tnne.ws/1DkCZuI 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-n5BekUsAE6Or6.jpg:large)

Jerry Tipton @JerryTipton  ·  2 hours ago

Coaches will be able to roam about half-way toward half-court along the scorer's table sideline at Vandy starting next season.

Vandy's Memorial Gym is only D-1 game site which has benches behind baselines instead of along a sideline.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2015, 12:54:56 pm
The renovation of the O'Dome is a no-go for this year.

University of Florida officials announced late Wednesday they were putting off the ambitious renovation of the O'Connell Center by a year.

Construction was scheduled to begin on the 35-year-old athletic center in March after the end of the regular basketball season. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20150225/ARTICLES/150229739/1139?Title=O-Dome-renovations-postponed-for-a-year)

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The quick turnaround, rising costs, and replacing the construction management team led UF officials to announce the delay, UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said.

"It just seemed like an opportunity to step back and look at it again, and that's what we're doing," Sikes said...

Two weeks ago, plans were still going forward to begin construction in March. UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley was telling reporters that the reversal of fortunes in the football and basketball teams would have "no impact" on upgrades to the facilities.

"We remain 100 percent committed to this project," Foley said in a statement released Wednesday. "The $60 million that we have already earmarked for the project is indicative of this commitment."

The University Athletic Association expects to raise private donations to cover most of the cost of the project, which has increased from an estimated $45 million in June. UF was tapped for $10 million of the project's costs.

"The renovation proposal is a major renewal of one of our campus' most iconic buildings. It's incumbent on us to take the time and do it right," UF President Kent Fuchs said in a statement.

Billy Donovan's basketball team was going to play its fall schedule in 2015 at various neutral sites around the state, including Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, three cities where the Gators have played in the past.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: choppedporkextrasauce on February 26, 2015, 01:01:54 pm
One of several dumps in the sec.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 26, 2015, 01:05:15 pm
The renovation of the O'Dome is a no-go for this year.

University of Florida officials announced late Wednesday they were putting off the ambitious renovation of the O'Connell Center by a year.

Construction was scheduled to begin on the 35-year-old athletic center in March after the end of the regular basketball season. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20150225/ARTICLES/150229739/1139?Title=O-Dome-renovations-postponed-for-a-year)


One of the ugliest buildings on campus. It looks like a UFO that landed……………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2015, 07:44:50 am
Humphrey Coliseum, aka “The Hump”

Built: 1975
Seating capacity: 10,575 (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/behind-enemy-lines-humphrey-coliseum-aka-the-hump)

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The Hump was built in the 70’s and has gradually been renovated over time. With a capacity of 10,575, it’s the largest on-campus arena in Mississippi, and it will remain that even after Ole Miss’ new arena, The Pavilion, opens in December. The Hump lies at the center of Mississippi State’s athletics facilities, sandwiched between the baseball and football stadium.

The outside of The Hump isn’t terrible–the oval shape is classic and somewhere on there is the school seal. The design is nice, and I appreciate that they didn’t mess with that when they added on the 57,611 square foot, $11.2 million Mize Pavilion practice facility in 2011. The Mize Pavilion is adjacent to The Hump and was built from the same materials, albeit in a more modern style; however the two blend nicely together, and the Mize itself is gorgeous.

All of the 10,500 or so seats are chairbacks, a luxury lost on big arenas like Rupp. Because the arena is pretty small, there are no bad seats.

When I first heard of the genius that is the Dawg Snax in-seat food delivery system, I was excited. I daydreamed about fresh popcorn being delivered right to my seat with the flick of my phone. Unfortunately, Dawg Snax was not available last night, I guess because the staff was too busy mopping up muddy water and slush from the floors to deliver food...

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Screen-Shot-2015-02-26-at-4.03.36-PM-600x513.png)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/IMG_4485-600x234.jpg)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/IMG_44651-600x616.jpg)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/IMG_4476-600x450.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 08:01:26 am
Images for the Ole Miss Basketball Arena planned for First Quarter, 2016 (http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/basketball-arena)

(http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2014/01/arena1.jpg)

(http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2014/01/arena-interior.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on March 03, 2015, 06:58:31 am
Nice pad!  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2015, 01:37:29 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  1 hour ago

West side of Kyle Field as of Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_RbddDU0AAcfUx.jpg:large)

[vine]O0TrlDE6WvH[/vine]
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: RazorRick77 on March 04, 2015, 07:41:48 pm
Bud Walton is a hell of a lot nicer than Rupp, but I'll take it http://greatamericansportsnetwork.com/ranking-the-sec-arenas/ (http://greatamericansportsnetwork.com/ranking-the-sec-arenas/)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: PORKULATOR on March 04, 2015, 08:04:47 pm
Its what you expect before you even click on it.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on March 05, 2015, 06:59:31 am
Is Kyle scheduled to be completed for the 2015 season?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2015, 07:23:24 am
Is Kyle scheduled to be completed for the 2015 season?  8)

Scheduled to be completed (August '15 grand opening) with contingency in place.
 
http://kylefield.com/faq
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 05, 2015, 08:27:12 am
Images for the Ole Miss Basketball Arena planned for First Quarter, 2016 (http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/basketball-arena)

(http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2014/01/arena1.jpg)

(http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2014/01/arena-interior.jpg)

When I first saw the renderings of it before I though "How long before they put up some sort of screen in front of those windows". I remember when we had too because of the sun shining in and blinding players shooting.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 05, 2015, 08:34:03 am
Is Kyle scheduled to be completed for the 2015 season?  8)

Wouldn't that be 18135 in aggie years?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2015, 07:46:47 am
LSU Baseball retweeted
 AndyLSU2⃣0⃣2⃣0⃣ @Andygco16  ·  14 hours ago
#GeauxTigers #BeatHouston @LSUbaseball

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_dAw29U0AIEuKn.jpg:large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_dB2Y8VEAAKPBI.jpg:large)

LSU finds an accommodating park to host Houston.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 07:09:24 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  10 hours ago
#Gamecocks set spring football practice schedule http://www.gogamecocks.com/2015/03/09/687

And most afternoon practices will take place at South Carolina's new practice fields at the back of Gamecock Park.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 09:33:30 pm
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  2 hours ago
While UGA showed six possible IPF locations in release today, continue to believe first choice is one mentioned here.
http://www.macon.com/2015/02/16/3589571/site-emerges-as-possibility-for.html …

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The UGA athletic board is expected to take further action on the facility, four months after commissioning a design study at its previous quarterly meeting.

It is not clear whether the location for the facility will be formally approved, but one site has emerged as a possibility: The area just beyond the existing outdoor practice fields, off of Lumpkin Street, leading up to Stegeman Coliseum.

Other locations had not been ruled out as of last month: An off-campus area off Milledge Avenue, or tearing up one of the existing outdoor fields and building it there. But the location off Lumpkin seems a good compromise, keeping the existing facilities but not having it far from the Butts-Mehre building.

Athletics director Greg McGarity could not be reached for comment. But he and Butts-Mehre staffers have been considering the details over the past four months, including how extravagant to make it: Will it lean toward just the basics, which would still cost around $10 million minimum, or feature amenities that would increase the cost beyond that?

(http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/geo/graphics/football/prac-facility/IAF-rendering-A.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2015, 10:03:34 pm
Gary Pinkel threw a bit of a wrench into Missouri's strategic facilities plan last fall when he told Mike Alden he would much have a newer, better south end zone complex -- complete with locker rooms, weight room, coaches' offices, the works -- than a new training facility.

Planning was already pretty far along for the training facility. The south end zone is still in the gathering funds phase.

That's where new Athletic Director Mack Rhoades comes in. (http://www.columbiatribune.com/blogs/behind_the_stripes/mu-notes-the-build-me-a-better-south-end-zone/article_1c4b3c46-c781-11e4-8495-ef16f74491d3.html)

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"We've all got the same goals," Pinkel said. "That's what I liked today, about his energy level. We've got to build here. We're in the SEC here. We've got a great opportunity to put something here that's going to be special. You don't build like you're in other leagues. You build like you're in the SEC."

He doesn't expect to have to re-sell Rhoades on the future of Faurot Field like he sold Alden.

"I don't think I have to repeat it. We should be on the same page here," Pinkel said. "There should be no talking people into it. We're in the SEC. When you build this facility here, it's going to be remarkably important for our student-athletes but also for recruiting. And statements. All those recruits walk into all those football complexes and come away with an attitude and idea.

"What we have is really nice, but it isn't close to what we've got to have. So let's get going. We should all be on the same page about this. This shouldn't be that complex. And I think he is. I talked to him about that already. Guess what? He's known for doing it, too. That conversation is nothing but super positive for Mizzou football. If Mizzou football is doing well, it helps everybody."

It's something Pinkel has been hammering home for a while...

David Morrison @DavidCMorrison  ·  3 hours ago
I'll leave you with this from Pinkel: "I can get along with anybody, contrary to what people might believe."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 11, 2015, 08:53:03 am
Bud Walton is a hell of a lot nicer than Rupp, but I'll take it http://greatamericansportsnetwork.com/ranking-the-sec-arenas/ (http://greatamericansportsnetwork.com/ranking-the-sec-arenas/)

O'connell and the tad pad are both rated too high. Rupp is not just a basketball only facility. Colonial is modeled after BWA.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on March 11, 2015, 01:45:48 pm
O'connell and the tad pad are both rated too high. Rupp is not just a basketball only facility. Colonial is modeled after BWA.

Agree.  The Sad Pad is a colossal dump.  They've done what they can with it, but it is what it is.

The Pavilion should be great, though.  Maybe that will spur a round of investment in SEC basketball like we've been seeing in football.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on March 11, 2015, 03:07:58 pm
Images for the Ole Miss Basketball Arena planned for First Quarter, 2016 (http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/basketball-arena)

(http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2014/01/arena1.jpg)

(http://beautiful.olemiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2014/01/arena-interior.jpg)

That arena looks small, but very nice. A big improvement for them.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: The_Iceman on March 11, 2015, 03:08:46 pm
The renovation of the O'Dome is a no-go for this year.

University of Florida officials announced late Wednesday they were putting off the ambitious renovation of the O'Connell Center by a year.

Construction was scheduled to begin on the 35-year-old athletic center in March after the end of the regular basketball season. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20150225/ARTICLES/150229739/1139?Title=O-Dome-renovations-postponed-for-a-year)

http://www.onlygators.com/07/01/2014/renderings-released-of-oconnell-center-redesign/

Would have looked nice.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2015, 11:00:12 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  20 hours ago

12th Man Foundation faces lawsuit from three Ags over Kyle Field seating, via @dfbarron: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/03/ams-12th-man-foundation-faces-another-suit-in-kyle-field-seating-rights …

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Attorneys for three Texas A&M University former students filed a federal court lawsuit Wednesday morning against the fund-raising 12th Man Foundation, seeking to protect their decades-old ticketing and seating rights in the $485 million expansion of Kyle Field.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Marshall, accuses the foundation of reneging on endowment agreements dating back to the 1980s in an effort to coerce more money out of longtime university donors and A&M football fans. It also seeks class-action status to represent holders of about 450 donor agreements that account for about 1,700 seats at the stadium.

Several individual lawsuits have been filed in the Kyle Field reseating case, including several in Harris County, but this is the first, all-encompassing complaint against the foundation’s redevelopment and reseating plan for the stadium’s west side, which is ramping up in anticipation of A&M’s 2015 football season.

Plaintiffs in the case are Sammy York of Kilgore, a 1974 A&M graduate who made a $20,000 endowment agreement with the foundation in 1983; Gregory Hayes of Mount Pleasant, a 1974 A&M graduate whose $30,000 endowment agreement with the foundation was signed in 1980; and Henry Holubec of Houston, a former member of the foundation’s executive committee who reached a $30,000 endowment agreement with the foundation in 1985.

The lawsuit, filed by attorneys Debra Hayes of Kingwood and Carl Roth of Marshall, seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the 12th Man Foundation and asks the court to set aside the seat locations held by endowed donors from the Kyle Field reseating process that is expected to begin March 16...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 15, 2015, 06:19:44 pm
Suzanne Halliburton @suzhalliburton  ·  7 hours ago
#SXSport panelist says A&M’s new locker room like “bat cave," “night club” http://collegesports.blog.statesman.com/2015/03/15/texas-ams-new-lockerroom-like-a-night-club/ … @statesman #sxsw

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Brian Mirakian, principal and director of Populous Activate, provided his thoughts on “The New Cathedral: Sports Stadiums.”

He acknowledged that parts of the newer college football stadiums are intended to attract the attention of recruits.

“You need a bold first impression,” Mirakian said. “You need to tap into the psyche of a 17-year-old.”

Populous, the architectural firm responsible for so many of the world’s best stadiums and sports venues, designed the vast $450 million renovation of Kyle Field. The Aggie locker room was part of the project, which was completed last summer. The final part of the Kyle Field project is ongoing.

(https://cmgstatesmancollegesports.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/hydro1.jpg?w=300&h=195)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2015, 09:58:02 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  41 minutes ago

Live at 9 with @Natalie_Pierre: Grant era over, and Coleman Coliseum, soon-to-be SEC's "best home court advantage?" http://ow.ly/Kog1A

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The Anthony Grant era at Alabama has officially come to an end after six years, the university announced on Sunday.

But this may be the most interesting thing that athletic director Bill Battle said in Alabama's official statement: "Today's decision is part of a larger evaluation of every facet of our basketball program that is intended to improve every aspect of our basketball program. A key component in that effort is to get all of our fans pulling in the same direction, and to make Coleman Coliseum the best home court advantage in the SEC."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2015, 07:04:56 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  7 hours ago
The Chronicle's @dfbarron all over any Kyle Field lawsuit news, latest filed in federal court: http://www.chron.com/sports/aggies/article/New-Kyle-Field-seating-lawsuit-filed-in-Florida-6146698.php …

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The legal dispute between donors to Texas A&M University's 12th Man Foundation over ticketing and parking issues at the university's revamped Kyle Field has been moved from a federal court in Marshall to a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The new lawsuit, filed under the name Jane Doe by an unidentified A&M former student living in Fort Lauderdale who donated $30,000 to the foundation beginning in 1983 while she was a student at A&M, was filed in Florida in an effort to meet federal guidelines that would enable the case to be certified as a class action suit involving almost 500 permanently endowed donors to the foundation.

Jane Doe, according to the lawsuit, would have had to pay more than $80,000 over her lifetime to retain her two seats in the same location of the revamped Kyle Field. Since she could not afford the extra payments, according to the suit, she will have to settle for seats in a less desirable location.

Work on the revamped stadium, estimated to cost about $480 million, is expected to be completed for the beginning of the 2015 football season.

Both suits were filed by Houston attorney Debra Hayes, who said the Florida suit was filed under the name Jane Doe to protect her client from potential threats by foundation officials that were reported by one of the plaintiffs in the Texas lawsuit and a Houston attorney.

"Our client believes that an Aggie's word should be his bond. Promises should be kept," Hayes said. "The promises made to our client when she entered into her permanently endowed scholarship agreement were made by an Aggie to an Aggie. ... She just wants the Aggie Code of Honor upheld. Integrity should be more important than fundraising."

Hayes described the lawsuit as a "struggle for the soul of Aggie culture"...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2015, 12:44:01 pm
 Robbie Andreu @RobbieAndreu  ·  22h 22 hours ago

Rain likely to delay the start of today's UF practice. The Swamp is swamped


Need that IPF.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 10:48:14 am
 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  15h 15 hours ago

The kiddos and their parents always, always appreciate Spencer's Corner in right field of Olsen Field:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBd57n_UIAIZf6z.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2015, 03:29:04 pm
Gators SC @GatorsSC  ·  Apr 3
#Gators Indoor Practice Field making some real progress now. (via @jkkruse)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBr-TMeWAAAb0Bs.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 06, 2015, 09:52:54 am
 Bruce Pearl retweeted
Auburn Tigers @AuburnTigers  · 

Things may be going well when you're adding seats for remainder of season. Just Ask @Auburn_Softball. #WarEagle

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBid1UyUoAASq8A.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 06, 2015, 11:19:29 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  15h 15 hours ago

The kiddos and their parents always, always appreciate Spencer's Corner in right field of Olsen Field:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBd57n_UIAIZf6z.jpg:large)

Very nice memorial! Kuddo's to the Aggies.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on April 06, 2015, 03:42:40 pm
Well, a new chancellor and a new AD will apparently brings new changes to the Mizzou athletic facilities.

First is a new softball complex.  This has already been approved and ground breaking will begin soon.

Second, construction of a new complex connected to the south endzone at football stadium.  This will basically bring the entire football operations to the stadium.  Included are new locker rooms, new weight room and state of the art everything.  Yes, included in that will be a post game interview room..

Lastly, the baseball stadium is being tossed about.  Per Loftin and Rhoades, something will be done.  In the past, baseball was a third world sport at Mizzou.  But, per Loftin and Rhoades want to change that.  The SEC is too big in baseball not to do something.  There are 2 approaches.  One will be to improve the current stadium based on the teams performance.  The better they are, the improvements will come.  This has always been Mike Alden’s approach.  Or, just build a state of the art complex..this is what Loftin and Rhoades would like.  They are in the “build it and they will come” attitude.  They want to build a Triple A or Double A comparable complex with a possible retractable roof so that games can be played in the rain and cold.  Apparently, they can get the funds.  We shall see about the roof.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2015, 09:15:24 pm
Sam Khan Jr. @skhanjr  ·  2h 2 hours ago
First time in a bit that I’ve been on the north end of Kyle Field. That part of the reno apparently progressing well

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCG4fAhUgAABO2o.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2015, 07:37:30 am
 Chris Low @ClowESPN  ·  15h 15 hours ago

The new and improved (and expanded) Kyle Field is coming along.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCLh5kuUkAEkb0f.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 10, 2015, 07:43:18 am
Chris Low @ClowESPN  ·  15h 15 hours ago

The new and improved (and expanded) Kyle Field is coming along.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCLh5kuUkAEkb0f.jpg:large)

Now matter how "improved" the stadium is it will still be occupied by aggies………………………………enough said.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2015, 10:48:01 am
 Ross Bjork @RossBjorkAD  ·  Apr 8

Making great progress on the Pavilion at Ole Miss. Seating bowl is complete with precast sections. Great sight lines!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCEvMFiUMAAphWP.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 10, 2015, 10:56:10 am
Ross Bjork @RossBjorkAD  ·  Apr 8

Making great progress on the Pavilion at Ole Miss. Seating bowl is complete with precast sections. Great sight lines!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCEvMFiUMAAphWP.jpg)

With as small as it's going to be nothing but great sight lines should be expected………………..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2015, 12:00:09 pm
 Ross Bjork @RossBjorkAD  ·  4h 4 hours ago

Roof trusses being set in place for the Pavilion at Ole Miss. Skyline on campus is changing.....

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCeY2sMW4AApnBq.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2015, 10:35:19 am
 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  Apr

... A&M fans -- Maroon & White Game will return in a year in all its spring glory: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/04/hang-loose-texas-am-fans-spring-game-to-return-to-kyle-next-year …

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For a second straight year, A&M (wrapped) spring drills with a closed scrimmage (to fans and media) on its practice fields. The $485 million Kyle renovation is scheduled for completion in time for the Aggies’ first home game, on Sept. 12 against Ball State.

Saturday’s setting at the practice fields (was) a far cry from the atmosphere two years ago, when ESPN televised the Aggies’ Maroon & White game, in showcasing 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

“It was nationally-televised spring game, with 30,000 people here,” Sumlin said, smiling. “From an exposure standpoint that’s good, and from a fan experience standpoint, that’s what you miss. (A spring game) is nothing we don’t want to do, it’s just out of necessity (right now).

“Next year, we’ll have a spring game.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2015, 10:57:29 am
 Kentucky Athletics @UKAthletics  ·  23h 23 hours ago

We made a stop by #TheNewCWS before the rains came. Construction continues to come along nicely.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCkPY4TWIAA-K_M.jpg:large)

Also chose not to hold a spring game.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2015, 12:22:59 pm
Ross Bjork has set forth plans to both expand and renovate several of Ole Miss' athletic facilities through the Forward Together campaign.  (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2015/04/17/ole-miss-ad-ross-bjork-agrees-to-4-year-extension/25934979)

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Ole Miss' new 9,500-seat basketball arena is expected to be completed in time for the start of next basketball season. The athletics department also plans to break ground this year on an expansion of the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, adding 3,500 seats.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 18, 2015, 08:05:31 pm
Rhett Hobart @RhettHobart  ·  4h 4 hours ago
Thanks to the 13,004 fans who came out to Dudy Noble today. 10th largest on-campus crowd in NCAA baseball history.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CC54IZrUkAARdSA.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 07:41:53 am
Crews began removing the Bermuda grass from Commonwealth Stadium yesterday to replace it with a new synthetic turf for the upcoming season.

Link has video as bulldozers dig up the old grass to make way for the new surface  (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/video-of-the-commonwealth-stadium-grass-removal)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Screen-Shot-2015-04-21-at-11.07.41-AM-600x364.png)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/cws-600x431.jpg)


Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 09:27:00 am
The search for a new home in Aggieland has proven to be deadly for a portion of Kyle Field's displaced bat population. (http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/bats-die-after-getting-trapped-in-texas-a-m-rec/article_586c0fb1-be99-5bb9-a2ae-db53e71d5c76.html)

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2015, 09:26:29 am
 Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  21h 21 hours ago

Auburn upgrades locker room with new look. Check out the photos: http://ow.ly/M1HoA 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDSyrEdWAAEyxKx.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2015, 09:55:41 pm
 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  8h 8 hours ago

A&M Chancellor John Sharp said West Side construction of Kyle Field is on schedule (home opener is Sept. 12 vs. Ball State).

A&M chancellor John Sharp said the new cell phone system at Kyle Field should be able to "handle 100,000 calls simultaneously."

You can see Reed Arena right now from the new east side press box -- it'll be long hidden when Kyle west side done:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDYuocvUUAEd5OD.jpg:large)

 Suzanne Halliburton @suzhalliburton  ·  8h 8 hours ago

Cameras will be lower at Kyle Field so the tv view for folks at home will be much better.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2015, 07:22:30 am
Kyle Field better than Jerry World, says chancellor

A&M has invested serious money ($485 million) to give Kyle Field a nice facelift over the course of the past two years. When all is completed, Kyle Field will be better than a pair of NFL stadiums in the state of Texas, AT&T Stadium and NRG Stadium. Well, according to Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp at least. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/25/texas-ams-kyle-field-better-than-jerry-world-says-chancellor)

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“This stadium is going to be the most impressive college sports venue in the country,” Sharp said for a local news story on KBTX. That includes the two NFL stadiums that have taken up hosting college football games in the regular season and bowl season in recent years.

One of the notable upgrades to Kyle Field, other than more restrooms, is the expanded WiFi coverage inside the stadium, which Texas A&M claims will be able to handle 100,000 calls at the same time and save your phone’s battery life from start to finish.

“If you come to the stadium with a full charge, it should last the whole game,” Todd Christner, Director of Wireless Business Development for IBM/Corning, said.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 26, 2015, 08:35:29 am
Kyle Field better than Jerry World, says chancellor

A&M has invested serious money ($485 million) to give Kyle Field a nice facelift over the course of the past two years. When all is completed, Kyle Field will be better than a pair of NFL stadiums in the state of Texas, AT&T Stadium and NRG Stadium. Well, according to Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp at least. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/25/texas-ams-kyle-field-better-than-jerry-world-says-chancellor)


WOW! THAT was comedy gold! An Aggie thinks Kyle will be better than Jerry world and he is the Chancellor to boot! An Aggie and ONLY an Aggie could come up with that ludicrous and obviously galactically insane statement. The other funny part was the guy that was speaking about wifi and said IF you come to the game with a full charge it should last the whole game and he isn't even an aggie employee! Moral of the story is do NOT hang around aggies too much because their cult will rub off on you! I've been to hundreds of college games and even IF I didn't use the wifi at all it would not have a completely full charge by the end of the game. Besides that I don't sit in my seat texting or internet surfing all the time……….I watch the game!
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2015, 12:11:25 pm
 Randy Rosetta @RandyRosetta  ·  4h 4 hours ago

#LSU will go forward with game against Alcorn State on Tuesday despite damage at Alex Box Stadium http://s.nola.com/4WrpwqB  via @nolanews

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With tornadic activity threatening all over the metro area, the LSU campus and its cutting-edge baseball stadium were not spared.

Both foul poles succumbed to the weather, which included torrential rains and winds that whipped into the 50-60 mph range at times under blackened skies. The batter's eye in center field also absorbed some damage, as did the infield tarp, a section of the right-field bleachers and the number near the press box/luxury suites area commemorating longtime coach Skip Bertman.

All of that damage created some visible blemishes, but not enough to keep the No. 1-ranked Tigers from entertaining Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as planned. 

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said he got the go-ahead from the university administration Monday afternoon after classes were cancelled in the wake of the storm.

"It was dark and nasty, and when I came out to the field and noticed something different about our field," Mainieri said.

Different as is in the foul poles down for the count.

Both were dismantled by a maintenance crew and will not be replaced by permanent structures until next week before LSU entertains Missouri starting on May 8.

In the meantime, modified temporary foul poles can be put in place. Part of the batter's eye will likely be removed until it can be replaced. And a new tarp is on the way.

"It was quite an eventful morning out here at The Box," Mainieri said. "But everything can be repaired. I'm grateful that nobody was injured. It's not going to deter us too much."
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on April 29, 2015, 06:22:58 am
Kyle Field better than Jerry World, says chancellor

A&M has invested serious money ($485 million) to give Kyle Field a nice facelift over the course of the past two years. When all is completed, Kyle Field will be better than a pair of NFL stadiums in the state of Texas, AT&T Stadium and NRG Stadium. Well, according to Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp at least. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/25/texas-ams-kyle-field-better-than-jerry-world-says-chancellor)

Its obvious that he has NEVER been to Jerry World........... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on April 29, 2015, 06:32:34 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  21h 21 hours ago

Auburn upgrades locker room with new look. Check out the photos: http://ow.ly/M1HoA 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDSyrEdWAAEyxKx.jpg:large)

Once a dump, always a dump.

The second pic shows a Crimson ceiling.

The last pic looks like something you would find in an Outhouse.

The exposed conduit and ductwork looks very utilitarian. However, the stadium (with the exposed steel and weathered concrete) has the utilitarian look as well, so I guess it matches........... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2015, 12:29:15 pm
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  5h 5 hours ago
From last night: The likely site for Georgia's proposed indoor facility has moved, to Mark Richt's liking. http://www.macon.com/2015/04/28/3718611/indoor-facility-now-likely-to.html …

(http://media.macon.com/smedia/2015/02/18/14/30/Ueys8.AuSt.71.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2015, 02:37:08 pm

Jim McElwain @CoachMcElwain  ·  Apr 28

Got this gem in my inbox this morning. Gators are #MakingProgress. #ItsGreatUF

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDrmkCeWEAAlxlq.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: mizzouman on April 30, 2015, 03:58:41 pm
Kyle Field better than Jerry World, says chancellor

A&M has invested serious money ($485 million) to give Kyle Field a nice facelift over the course of the past two years. When all is completed, Kyle Field will be better than a pair of NFL stadiums in the state of Texas, AT&T Stadium and NRG Stadium. Well, according to Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp at least. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/25/texas-ams-kyle-field-better-than-jerry-world-says-chancellor)

Cost per wins....no so great at A&M.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 03, 2015, 03:42:17 pm
 Texas Tribune @TexasTribune  ·  6h 6 hours ago

Without stadium home, bats invade @TAMU buildings | @MWatkinsTrib has the story: http://trib.it/1QU4Edf 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEFxBxUUgAAFOTz.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEFxHwIVAAEx7Va.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 10:48:27 am
Georgia Bulldog Indoor Practice Facility update (http://www.walb.com/story/28966157/ugas-mcgarity-talks-dawgs-schedules-indoor-practice-facility-and-more)

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One of the biggest pieces of business is building an indoor football practice facility coaches and fans have been clamoring for for years.

McGarity says they won't have to wait much longer.

"It'll be a reality here soon. We are working very hard behind the scenes with our architects and our engineers to focus in on an area that's adjacent to the Butts-Mehre building," McGarity says. "It'll happen and we hope to get started right after this football season."

McGarity hopes to have something to present at the university board meetings later this month.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 06:14:04 pm

Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Progress made on support structure for college football's largest video board at Auburn (via @YouTube)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CERH2-RW8AA5Ha3.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 06, 2015, 07:06:11 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Progress made on support structure for college football's largest video board at Auburn (via @YouTube)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CERH2-RW8AA5Ha3.jpg:large)

Cheatin' Goobers in oversize HD............ 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on May 06, 2015, 07:47:13 am
Cheatin' Goobers in oversize HD............ 8)

I wonder if it will have a working elevator in it?
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on May 06, 2015, 08:36:39 am
I wonder if it will have a working elevator in it?

In the elevator's defense, it was carrying Jim Cheney.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Buck Brewer on May 06, 2015, 09:52:44 am
Jim McElwain @CoachMcElwain  ·  Apr 28

Got this gem in my inbox this morning. Gators are #MakingProgress. #ItsGreatUF

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDrmkCeWEAAlxlq.jpg:large)

Someone tweet them congrats on joining 7A NWA high schools with an indoor practice facility #decadebehind
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on May 06, 2015, 10:50:52 am
In the elevator's defense, it was carrying Jim Cheney.

But wasn't it going down? I could understand if it had to go up……………………...
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 06, 2015, 02:53:32 pm
Spanish Announce Table:

 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  5h 5 hours ago

Listening to recent John Sharp presser - I didn't mention this before: He said Spanish radio at Kyle Field will have own booth for 1st time.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2015, 08:06:47 am
Someone tweet them congrats on joining 7A NWA high schools with an indoor practice facility #decadebehind

(https://parkcities.bubblelife.com/viewimage/key/35689733/ampracticehphs.jpeg?w=655&h=655)
A&M Aggies got good use out of the Highland Park High School Scots indoor practice facility on New Year’s Eve afternoon, preparing for Friday’s Cotton Bowl Classic matchup against the University of Oklahoma, while high school students were on Winter Break.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 09, 2015, 10:45:12 am
 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  14h 14 hours ago

West Side construction of Kyle Field as of Friday, May 8:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEhwrN4UUAAX7sD.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 11, 2015, 11:29:45 am
The SEC is in the middle of negotiations on a 10-year deal to play the conference championship game at the new Falcons stadium being constructed in Atlanta... (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/12/sec_repotedly_seeking_10-year.html)

(http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/16489533-large.jpg)
newstadium.atlantafalcons.com

 Tom Haynes @TomHaynesFox5  ·  May 7

On a story downtown, and noticed how fast the new @AtlantaFalcons stadium is going up.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEbC3wpUgAEJD8P.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 16, 2015, 03:55:47 pm
 Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  May 15

Tennessee fans react (not well) to UK’s checkerboard end zones http://bit.ly/1d34P6M  #BBN

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The new CWS field will feature checkerboard end zones, a homage to Kentucky’s horseracing tradition and Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and that has Vol Nation fuming.

(http://www.thenewcws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/The-New-CWS-Field-Design.jpg)

(http://www.thenewcws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/UKStadium050515_685-1024x683.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: JansterZ71 on May 16, 2015, 06:06:57 pm
Once a dump, always a dump.

The second pic shows a Crimson ceiling.

The last pic looks like something you would find in an Outhouse.

The exposed conduit and ductwork looks very utilitarian. However, the stadium (with the exposed steel and weathered concrete) has the utilitarian look as well, so I guess it matches........... 8)

Yea those are just the practice field locker rooms.  The actual Stadium locker rooms are better.  Having said that I agree with the stadium.  Looks like a dang erector set.  Can't wait for the National Championship money to be put to use with the new north end zone expansion/ remodel they are doing. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on May 16, 2015, 06:43:43 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  May 15

Tennessee fans react (not well) to UK’s checkerboard end zones http://bit.ly/1d34P6M  #BBN

(http://www.thenewcws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/The-New-CWS-Field-Design.jpg)

(http://www.thenewcws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/UKStadium050515_685-1024x683.jpg)

HAHA! I especially liked this comment:

A Vol: Maybe they should just go with Kentucky Copycats.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2015, 04:29:27 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  15h 15 hours ago

The kiddos and their parents always, always appreciate Spencer's Corner in right field of Olsen Field:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBd57n_UIAIZf6z.jpg:large)

 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  6h 6 hours ago

Will the name 'Blue Bell Park" stick on Texas A&M's baseball stadium? Multi-millions (so far) say yes: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/05/despite-controversy-blue-bell-name-will-remain-on-texas-ams-baseball-stadium …

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COLLEGE STATION – Many Texas A&M fans typically would have been against sticking a corporate name on one of the campus’s two most revered stadiums, but five years ago “Blue Bell Park” had a sweet ring to it, and few objected.

Blue Bell ice cream owned one of the most wholesome images in the country until a couple of months ago, and understandably so. Blue Bell was born and raised in the countryside in Brenham, and for more than a century kept Texans’ bellies full (and later, many other parts of the country, too).

The Aggies’ baseball home for the last three years, after the initial announcement of a large gift from Blue Bell in 2010, has been known as Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, with the “ice cream” part of that name prominently displayed on the outside and behind home plate of one of the finest college baseball venues in the land.

So, with the recent announcement of massive layoffs and furloughs at Blue Bell following its first recall and with its plants now closed for the time being because of listeria, will the name continue to stick to the stadium? The former Olsen Field and football’s Kyle Field are the two most beloved sporting venues on campus.

The answer is yes – likely as long as Blue Bell is still around.

“There have not been any discussions regarding the renaming of Blue Bell Park,” said Jason Cook, A&M’s senior associate athletic director. “Blue Bell continues to be in good standing with the parameters outlined in the 2010 gift agreement that named the stadium.”

Cook declined to discuss those parameters, primarily because the gift was through the 12th Man Foundation, the fundraising arm of A&M athletics.

Blue Bell and the Kruse family that founded and still runs Blue Bell, made an initial pledge of $7 million toward a $24 million renovation, according to university press releases from 2010. Blue Bell paid about half of that up front, with a pledge for the remaining $3.5 million to be paid over 10 year...

(http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/files/2015/05/despite-controversy-blue-bell-name-will-remain-on-texas-ams-baseball-stadium.jpg)
A&M’s baseball field, Blue Bell Park., will not be seeing its name change anytime soon, according to the university. (Brent Zwerneman/Houston Chronicle)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 20, 2015, 10:49:14 am
 Tyler Thompson @MrsTylerKSR  ·  20h 20 hours ago

The Commonwealth Stadium renovations get real when you examine the new stadium map: http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/check-out-the-new-commonwealth-stadium-map/ …

Click to enlarge
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CWS-Map1.jpg)

(http://www.thenewcws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/UKStadium050515_687-1024x683.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 20, 2015, 11:25:50 am
 GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  14h 14 hours ago

USC athletics keeping up in facilities race (+ video) http://scne.ws/9tdPQG  #thestate #gg

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Bulldozers and shovels have been as common on the South Carolina campus the past five years as palmetto trees and “Beat Clemson” stickers.

USC is on schedule to have some of its new facilities completed by the first home football game and is hoping to have another wave of upgrades completed within two years.

“We’re never going to stop trying to get better,” athletics director Ray Tanner said last week while updating Gamecocks’ facilities. “We owe that to our student-athletes.”

FOOTBALL INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY

The structure is on schedule to be completed by Aug. 1, when the team reports for fall camp.

SPRINGS-BROOKS PLAZA

The area around Williams-Brice Stadium already has a lot of new trees, concrete and brick. It has over a month after the team reports to be completed because the Sept. 3 football season opener will be played in Charlotte.

“It is (on schedule), and when I say to be completed on time, I’m saying Sept. 12,” chief operating officer Kevin O’Connell said.

Also, basketball office and facilities upgrades are in the works.

(http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/s5bqzy/picture21436323/ALTERNATES/FREE_960/USC_GM11)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2015, 02:24:46 pm
 Athens Banner-Herald @onlineathens  ·  23h 23 hours ago

Indoor football field coming soon to UGA | Online Athens http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2015-05-21/indoor-football-field-coming-soon-uga …

Mark RichtVerified account ‏@MarkRicht

Very excited about our new indoor facility! Without a doubt it will be the best in America!!
6:29 AM - 22 May 2015

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND | Finally, the timetable and location for Georgia’s indoor athletic facility is confirmed public knowledge.

A long-time figment of speculation and debate, athletics director Greg McGarity announced at Thursday’s athletic board of directors meeting the building will be adjacent to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, parallel to Rutherford Street.

Construction could begin as early as January.

“We’re expecting to have a construction management team in place by mid-July,” McGarity said. “Once the group has been identified and on board it will take them about six weeks to gather information to be able to give us a cost projection. Now that the site has been identified we would hope to have some cost projections by August 1.”

Previous estimates were in the $30 million range. The topic has been a sticking point of the fan base as well as opposing football coaches who have used Georgia’s lack of a full field indoor facility to recruit against the Bulldogs.

When Florida occupies it’s brand new indoor facility this summer, Georgia will be the only Southeastern Conference school without one.

Past attempts to get this done failed. A planned location was initially presented to and agreed upon by the board of directors in 1999. It never materialized. An addition to the Butts-Mehre building in 2011 included indoor practice turf, but the space was too small for full-team practices.

The new building, according to McGarity will be 140 yards long, 80 wide and 65 feet high.

The location and proposed building, “has ultimately been where our football coach (Mark Richt) has wanted us to land,” president Jere Morehead said. “This proposal is not only what the athletic board wanted, but also what the coaching staff favors and it’s also going to be the plan that can get us there the fastest. The other ideas would have involved a significant amount of dislocation and approvals that are going to be no longer required.”

The construction will alter the current outdoor practice fields, but McGarity anticipates there being a 100-yard outdoor field, at least another 90-yarder and two more partial fields once everything is completed.

“With this setup, there will be none better as far as exterior surfaces and interior playing surfaces,” he said...

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2015, 09:54:30 pm
 Fletcher Page @FletcherPage  ·  May 21

Here's the IPF rendering... The gray thing is the IPF thing.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CFiatFhUsAAYRRN.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2015, 12:22:48 pm
 Andy Staples @Andy_Staples  ·  30m 30 minutes ago

McElwain asked to compare Florida's facilities to Alabama's. His answer was -- what's the word? -- diplomatic.

Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 27, 2015, 04:58:38 pm
Andy Staples @Andy_Staples  ·  30m 30 minutes ago

McElwain asked to compare Florida's facilities to Alabama's. His answer was -- what's the word? -- diplomatic.

 Robbie Andreu @RobbieAndreu  ·  5h 5 hours ago

Foley said there are numerous facility upgrades that are being considered moving forward.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2015, 07:15:44 am
Ball Coach: The Gamecocks’ indoor facility is expected to be done “by the end of September” (http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/sec/article22391199.html)

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“You don’t really have to have one in the South, but since everybody has got one, you probably need to have one now,” he said. “The weather is pretty good in the South, but occasionally you need one.”
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2015, 09:48:22 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 8h8 hours ago

Why the O'Dome renovation was put off a year - via @GainesvilleSun http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150516/ARTICLES/150519748/0/search …

(http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GS&Date=20150516&Category=ARTICLES&ArtNo=150519748&Ref=AR&imageVersion=Main&MaxW=445&border=0)
The Gainesville Sun

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When the design-development agreement for the O’Connell Center expansion and renovation project was signed in October, the University of Florida’s first choice for construction manager estimated the job would cost $42 million.

Three months later, UF officials experienced sticker shock when Charles Perry Partners Inc. submitted a budget of $64 million — well over the $50 million UF had budgeted for the massive overhaul of its 35-year-old multipurpose building and basketball arena.

After several weeks of negotiations in an attempt to scale back the project to a manageable budget, UF did the rare thing — it fired Gainesville-based CPPI and went with its second choice, the Birmingham, Alabama, construction company Brasfield & Gorrie.

“We couldn’t afford this price and are hoping to get a better price,” said Miles Albertson, director of major projects & special programs for UF Planning, Design, & Construction.

The decision has delayed the project by a year in the hopes that the new contract manager can come up with a lower budget.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on May 29, 2015, 06:16:35 am
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 8h8 hours ago

Why the O'Dome renovation was put off a year - via @GainesvilleSun http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150516/ARTICLES/150519748/0/search …

(http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GS&Date=20150516&Category=ARTICLES&ArtNo=150519748&Ref=AR&imageVersion=Main&MaxW=445&border=0)
The Gainesville Sun


Frankly, a freakin fugly facility
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 07:01:28 am
We the media were allowed inside the new Commonwealth Stadium to watch the first pieces of the new field turf be installed in the under-renovation facility. It wasn’t the most exciting things we’ve ever seen, but we did get to see the progress being made in the construction process. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2015/05/28/its-starting-to-look-like-a-real-sec-football-stadium)

(http://johnclay.bloginky.com/files/2015/05/Photo-May-28-2-25-52-PM-e1432842451917.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on May 29, 2015, 07:41:32 am
Frankly, a freakin fugly facility

I've been in it………..it is ugly both outside and inside.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Hogfaniam on May 29, 2015, 08:25:53 am
We the media were allowed inside the new Commonwealth Stadium to watch the first pieces of the new field turf be installed in the under-renovation facility. It wasn’t the most exciting things we’ve ever seen, but we did get to see the progress being made in the construction process. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2015/05/28/its-starting-to-look-like-a-real-sec-football-stadium)

(http://johnclay.bloginky.com/files/2015/05/Photo-May-28-2-25-52-PM-e1432842451917.jpg)

More interesting than watching it grow....
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 07:51:53 pm
Gamecock Football ‏@GamecockFB May 28

Recent aerial views of @GamecockFB indoor facility construction! #Gamecocks #HereSC

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGHjSNgWwAAbRUY.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on May 31, 2015, 03:42:46 pm
UKSTOOPSTROOPS ‏@ukstoopstroops  19h19 hours ago
END ZONE looking good!  #TheNewCWS #ALLIN #BBN

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGTAwTqUgAA2g7R.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2015, 11:14:48 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 38m38 minutes ago

Auburn 'back to drawing board' on $145 million stadium renovation http://ow.ly/NM2Oy

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The possibility of starting major renovations in the north end zone in December 2015 appears to be off the table after discussions hit a snag in the design phase in recent weeks, athletics director Jay Jacobs told AL.com last week.

"The only hangup are my expectations and my demand for excellence," Jacobs said.

The potential $145 million project includes massive renovations that include new multiple levels, premium seating, club-level seating on two levels, a terrace, bench seating at field level, new amenities, a wider concourse and a new home locker room and recruiting lounge for the Tigers.

Auburn's major renovation is not expected to result in a drastic seating increase for the 87,451-seat stadium, however. Auburn may also move the press box from the west side of the stadium to the northwestern corner, which would provide more club seating between the 20-yard lines.

Construction is underway on a $13.9 million video scoreboard in the south end zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The board will be the largest in college football and is expected to be operational in August.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 02, 2015, 12:04:13 pm
Expanding the cow pasture on the Plains may not ever happen.

There is an underground stream of some type that runs under the stadium and may cost as much to put a fioundation in as any structure above it.

 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2015, 03:07:07 pm
AJC UGA ‏@ChipTowersAJC 1h1 hour ago

See exactly where #UGA's new Indoor Athletic Facility is going to be. http://on-ajc.com/1AJt7xb 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGhGPc1UYAIN-qw.jpg)

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Drilling technicians and hydro engineers retrieve soil samples from deep beneath UGA’s Woodruff Practice Fields in the area where a new multi-million dollar indoor facility will be built in 2016.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2015, 08:35:46 pm
Mitch Barnhart ‏@UKMitchBarnhart  7h7 hours ago
Enjoying the view from up high in #TheNewCWS for a photo shoot today. I can't wait for Sept. 5.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGhDQObUcAAm85Q.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 03, 2015, 06:49:24 am
Mitch Barnhart ‏@UKMitchBarnhart  7h7 hours ago
Enjoying the view from up high in #TheNewCWS for a photo shoot today. I can't wait for Sept. 5.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGhDQObUcAAm85Q.jpg)

What? No Bluegrass?

Obviously Artificial Turf......... 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2015, 03:50:39 pm
The checkerboard isn't really popping.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2015, 03:51:19 pm
Jim McElwain ‏@CoachMcElwain 7h7 hours ago

Shoutout to the crew working hard to build the new @GatorZoneFB Indoor Practice Facility! Great work. #GoGators

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGlB0buWcAAhd_T.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGlB0b0WwAInGcO.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2015, 04:56:27 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 4h4 hours ago

Mizzou will also look at facility improvements to Taylor Stadium, not to increase capacity but to make more fan-friendly


http://www.mutigers.com/facilities/fac-taylor-field-bb.html

(http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/miss/graphics/fac-taylor-base-5.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2015, 07:22:39 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  25m25 minutes ago
Auburn looking into $15 million in softball upgrades http://ow.ly/NWAtk 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGxmjVPVAAA2YOA.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2015, 08:00:22 am
AU_Facilities ‏@AU_Facilities

The structural steel for the video portion of the Jordan-Hare video board was officially topped-off today #WarEagle
11:04 AM - 10 Jun 2015

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHKF3ePWkAElNcU.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on June 11, 2015, 10:18:29 am
AU_Facilities ‏@AU_Facilities

The structural steel for the video portion of the Jordan-Hare video board was officially topped-off today #WarEagle
11:04 AM - 10 Jun 2015

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHKF3ePWkAElNcU.jpg)

I bet it doesn't have a working elevator………………..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NaturalStateReb on June 11, 2015, 11:00:46 am
AU_Facilities ‏@AU_Facilities

The structural steel for the video portion of the Jordan-Hare video board was officially topped-off today #WarEagle
11:04 AM - 10 Jun 2015

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHKF3ePWkAElNcU.jpg)

Now they'll finally be able to watch Hee Haw on the scale it truly deserves.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: kingoftherapids on June 11, 2015, 02:22:29 pm
its been like a month and a half before they updated us on bball center... i figured we would be getting updates at least twice a month just for recruiting purposes
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2015, 03:17:40 pm
Antonya English ‏@TBTimes_Gators Jun 9

Foley said UAA "totally committed" to completing the O'Dome renovation and funding not a major issue. #Gators

#Gators indoor practice facility will cost an additional $2 million, which will be obtained through private donation. Total of $17 million
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 12, 2015, 04:22:03 pm
Kentucky Athletics ‏@UKAthletics 4h4 hours ago

We've added a live feed showing progress on @UKFootball's new training facility to our #TheNewCWS feed. Check it out: http://www.thenewcws.com/vision/live-construction-cam/ …
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 15, 2015, 07:12:25 am
AU_Facilities ‏@AU_Facilities

The structural steel for the video portion of the Jordan-Hare video board was officially topped-off today #WarEagle
11:04 AM - 10 Jun 2015

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHKF3ePWkAElNcU.jpg)

Well, since they can't expand the stadium.............. 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 15, 2015, 04:57:10 pm
Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande 4h4 hours ago Tuscaloosa, AL

Progress on the roof of Alabama's rebuilt baseball stadium.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHjxuyEUAAA_Cl9.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2015, 05:21:57 am
Stadium Journey has compiled the work of correspondents across the country to produce the 2015 NCAA Ballpark Experience Rankings.

The SEC dominates the rankings with the top three spots, and four in the top 10. (http://www.stadiumjourney.com/news/06-10-2015/1108/2015_ncaa_ballpark_experience_rankings)

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Baum Stadium at George Cole Field is the baseball home of the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The ballpark opened in 1996 and has been renovated four times since then, with three of the four renovations resulting in expansions of the park’s seating. With a total capacity of 10,737, Baum Stadium is the fourth-largest college baseball venue in the United States and the second-largest in the SEC. It also consistently leads the nation in attendance...

Baum Stadium also provides an elite atmosphere, especially when it comes to many of the other college baseball venues in the area.

(http://www.stadiumjourney.com/images/stadiums/152x115x1619_Baum_Stadium_Arkansas_Razorbacks_Baseball_2.jpg.pagespeed.ic.h-uu_n_-XW.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2015, 06:20:52 am
Doug Samuels ‏@CoachSamz 23h23 hours ago

Virginia Tech is putting the finishing touches on the largest indoor practice facility in CFB http://footballscoop.com/news/virginia-tech-is-putting-the-finishing-touches-on-the-largest-indoor-facility-in-college-football/ …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHiqPC1WIAAiKgT.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2015, 01:02:18 pm
Danny West ‏@DannyWest1 Jun 17

Interesting note from that Heinrich article: Apparently the staff told him Razorback Stadium is increasing to a capacity of 90,000.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2015, 07:18:33 am
Ron Higgins ‏@RonHigg

Oh, say can you see, and in SEC football stadiums you usually do @TigerDroppings @dandydonlsu http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/06/oh_say_can_you_see_and_sec_foo.html …

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When the Tigers play their first home game this season Sept. 15 against Jacksonville State, they will have in place the largest video screen in college football.

Auburn is going from a postage stamp-sized board of 71 feet wide and 28 ½ feet high with a square footage of 2,024 to a spaceship-sized 190 feet high, 57 feet wide and a square footage of 10,830 feet.

In other words, when Auburn shows any old Bo Jackson highlights, the townfolk back in Bo's hometown in the Birmingham suburb of Bessemer probably have a good chance to see it.

Just the video board itself costs $3.5 million. Since each SEC school just collected a 2014-15 revenue sharing check of $31.5 million, the Tigers can probably pay in cash.

When Auburn flips on the switch on its video screen, the SEC will have seven schools ranked in the top 25 nationally having the largest video boards (in square footage), including four in the top 10.

They are No. 1 Auburn (10,830), No. 2 Texas A&M (7,661), No. 5 Arkansas (6,286) and No. 9 Mississippi State (5,217).

What is stunning are the two schools that have the smallest video screens in the SEC – Alabama is dead last (1,060 square feet) and LSU's main video screen in the north end zone is 13th (2,160). This past season, Tiger Stadium South end zone upper deck expansion included the addition of two video screens 40 feet high and 70 feet wide (square footage unknown).

Tulane's main video screen in its new Yulman Stadium is bigger (2,556) than LSU's primary screen in Tiger Stadium. And the Green Wave's replay board probably even seems even bigger in a stadium that seats 72,000 fewer people than Tiger Stadium.

Alabama's video screen is smaller than such mid-to-low majors as UL-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Troy, Arkansas State and North Texas.

Here's the ranking of SEC video boards with square footage, dimensions of width and height. National ranking is in parenthesis:

    Auburn (1) 10,830 190 by 57
    Texas A&M (2) 7,661 163 by 47
    Arkansas (5) 6,286 166.3 by 37.8
    Tennessee (16) 4,588 124 by 37
    Miss. State (9) 5,217 111 by 47
    South Carolina (17) 4,464 124 by 36
    Florida (20) 4,110 137 by 30
    Vanderbilt (26) 3,600 50 by 72
    Ole Miss (30) 3,129 74½ by 42
    Kentucky (31) 2,960 80 by 37
    Georgia (36) 2,628 73 by 36
    Missouri (42) 2,440 80 by 30½
    LSU (54) 2,160 80 by 27
    Alabama (77) 1,060 53 by 20
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2015, 10:25:16 am
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 20h20 hours ago

Have we seen the last of Big Bertha in Rupp Arena? http://bit.ly/1eviKTT 

That white speaker that hangs over center court instead of a four corner scoreboard.

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Rupp Arena could soon see technology upgrades, including ribbon boards around the second tier and a new center-hanging video scoreboard. Officials are looking into the costs and the benefits of the new additions before a board meeting next month. One thing to consider: the ribbon boards, though expensive to install, would provide much more revenue through advertising.

As for the new centerpiece, The Herald reports Rupp Arena’s roof isn’t equipped to hold a new scoreboard, so it would take some re-engineering before one will be dangling above the court.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2015, 09:09:02 pm
Keith Niebuhr ‏@Keith247Sports 6h6 hours ago

Today's look at the new video board inside Jordan-Hare Stadium at #Auburn

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 22, 2015, 06:57:33 am
Keith Niebuhr ‏@Keith247Sports 6h6 hours ago

Today's look at the new video board inside Jordan-Hare Stadium at #Auburn

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Why not just replace the field with an actual size screen?  8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2015, 07:11:53 am
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Auburn TigersVerified account ‏@AuburnTigers

Here it is! The OFFICIAL rendering of college's largest video board coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium. #WarEagle
5:24 PM - 22 Jun 2015
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2015, 11:44:11 am
The Advocate Sports ‏@AdvocateSports 18h18 hours ago

Four-month-long construction project starts at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium http://ow.ly/OI0d3

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Crews are attaching netting to the bottom side of the Alex Box Stadium grandstands overhang, a four-month-long project that’s expected to keep the birds away. Construction began about two weeks ago and is scheduled to end just in time for fall practice in October, coach Paul Mainieri said.

LSU may use U-High’s field in September for individual drills, but Mainieri hopes construction is complete in time for fall ball in early October. Construction began a day after the team left Baton Rouge for the College World Series on June 12.

LSU hosts baseball camps starting next week. Campers will use only the outfield, Mainieri said.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2015, 04:43:04 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 23h23 hours ago College Station, TX

New West Side of Kyle Field as of Wednesday June 24, 2015. First Texas A&M home game Sept. 12 6 pm vs Ball State:

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2015, 05:15:57 pm
UM Curators ‏@umcurators 1h1 hour ago

Here's a look at the @MizzouSoftball stadium project design

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2015, 07:21:14 pm
OleMissPix
‏@OleMissPix
Press box and West suites are nearing completion. #ForwardTogether @OleMissFB

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2015, 06:40:05 am
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/take-a-look-at-the-new-commonwealth-stadium

Triple Crown Drones (a company in Kentucky) used a drone to showcase the state of the new Commonwealth Stadium renovations.

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2015, 06:43:36 am
Vanderbilt finally plans to build $12M baseball facility (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2015/06/28/vanderbilt-plans-build-baseball-facility/29434953)

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The new three-story building will connect Memorial Gym to Hawkins Field and stand just beyond the left-field wall. In fact, coach Tim Corbin said one side of the three-story complex will serve as a new replacement to the current 35-foot-tall green monster wall in the left-field corner.

"The building itself will make up the monster, so we won't lose the elevated wall and we won't lose the distances," Corbin said. "There will just be something behind that wall."

Athletics director David Williams said the process of planning a new facility began after last year's run to Vanderbilt's first national championship, when he asked Corbin what upgrades he preferred for his program.
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 07:57:05 am
Justin King ‏@JustinKing Jun 28

This is how much larger Auburn's new scoreboard is than before.

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on July 01, 2015, 08:50:30 am
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Auburn TigersVerified account ‏@AuburnTigers

Here it is! The OFFICIAL rendering of college's largest video board coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium. #WarEagle
5:24 PM - 22 Jun 2015

The premier showing is "Jerry Maquire"………………They will replay the "show me the money" scene over and over and over. 
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 07:08:53 pm
OleMissPix ‏@OleMissPix 9h9 hours ago

The Pavilion on July 1st, 2015

@OleMissMBB @OleMissWBB @OleMissAF #ForwardTogether

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 02, 2015, 07:17:30 am
Justin King ‏@JustinKing Jun 28

This is how much larger Auburn's new scoreboard is than before.

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Can be seen in neighboring pastures............. 8)
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: Inhogswetrust on July 02, 2015, 09:35:51 am
Can be seen in neighboring pastures............. 8)

Crane to remain so opposing coaches can get to their locker room at halftime………………………………..
Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2015, 11:24:17 pm
Michael Hash ‏@MGH859 12h12 hours ago

Appreciate one of my old construction pals getting me in to Commonwealth today. It's looking great!

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Title: Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2015, 09:00:02 am
Chuck Dunlap ‏@SEC_Chuck 19h19 hours ago

New stadium in Atlanta is quickly taking shape: http://newstadium.atlantafalcons.com/gallery/aerial-photographs-june-2015/ …

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