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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1300 on: January 07, 2016, 09:24:55 pm »

 Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL 2h2 hours ago

I can confirm that they actually did it. The Pavilion is a real thing. Really nice.

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1301 on: January 08, 2016, 06:39:29 am »

https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/685318897935978496

Greg Sankey ‏@GregSankey 10h10 hours ago

Great night to be in Oxford for opening of The Pavilion and an @SEC game between @AlabamaMBB and @OleMisMBB

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1302 on: January 08, 2016, 06:47:59 am »


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Only knock on The Pavilion right now is there is no score on the huge center video board. Kind of confusing.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1303 on: January 08, 2016, 08:55:21 pm »

Dustin Dopirak ‏@TennesseeBeat 6h6 hours ago

[AD Dave] Hart said Vols are looking at "hybrid type grasses" to fix the playing surface.

Hart points out that a lot of surfaces in bowl games were choppy as well.

Hart: "We'll continue to do our due diligence," for field to be in as good of shape as possible.

Hart asked what the difference is from now and the old days when the field was in better shape. Mentions camps that run through July.

Says UT has used the stadium more because their "practice footprint" is one of the smallest in the country.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1304 on: January 10, 2016, 06:46:21 am »

Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 11h11 hours ago

UF notes on O'Dome renovation, Rimmer, Murphy, season-high crowd - via @Gator_sports http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20160109/ARTICLES/160109685

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Florida unveiled its seating plan for the post-O'Connell Center renovation on Saturday.

$64.5 million renovation will essentially create a new arena from the walls in. Capacity for the O'Connell Center will be reduced by 1,000, from 11,500 to 10,500, to accommodate the construction of chairback seating throughout the arena.

In addition, a club area will be built over the bleachers behind both benches, reducing capacity of that area by about 600 seats. A new center scoreboard, similar to the ones in NBA and modern college arenas, will hang from the rafters.

“We feel good about the direction the project is heading,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said.

Ticket office and Gator Boosters staff will also be available to answer questions in person pregame and halftime of all remaining home men's basketball games, located in the Gate 2 corner of the O'Connell Center.

Parts of the renovation are already underway, but the project will begin in earnest when the basketball and gymnastics seasons end in March. The target date for completion is mid-December, in time for UF's winter commencement.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1305 on: January 11, 2016, 11:14:15 am »

Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 2m2 minutes ago

Andy Kennedy says he hopes @JerryTipton gets to visit new Ole Miss arena next year, "unless we open at Kentucky for the 47th straight year"
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1306 on: January 12, 2016, 09:22:00 am »

Ben Garrett ‏@SpiritBen

I asked AK how Ole Miss basketball felt to him now. “It feels different to me, man. Spend $96 million and see what you get? What a bargain.”

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1307 on: January 12, 2016, 11:12:05 am »

Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL 2h2 hours ago

I can confirm that they actually did it. The Pavilion is a real thing. Really nice.



They did a really good job with their arena. Smaller is better now.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1308 on: January 13, 2016, 10:33:34 am »

Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt 24s24 seconds ago

Kirby [Smart] on eventually getting the [Indoor Practice Facility] IPF: "I'm really fired up about that."
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1309 on: January 13, 2016, 06:44:25 pm »

Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 2h2 hours ago
A&M spring game at Kyle Field set for April 9 at 5 pm -- first one at A&M since 2013 because of Kyle Field construction.

Texas A&M touts Kyle Field rebuild was on time and under budget in press release below: COLLEGE STATION -- (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1so6a9v

COLLEGE STATION -- The redevelopment of historic Kyle Field came in not only on time, but more than $1.3 million under budget, according to figures released today by Billy Hamilton, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of The Texas A&M University System.

“We not only met every deadline, including the formal Substantial Completion Date of September 9, 2015, but we delivered the largest collegiate athletic construction project in history at more than $1.3 million UNDER budget,” Hamilton said.

When the West Side of Kyle Field was imploded on Dec. 21, 2014 — just nine months before the first home game of the 2015 football season — many said such an ambitious project could not be done on time and on budget. A month before the implosion, Texas A&M University System, Manhattan-Vaughn Construction and the architectural firm Populous agreed to a Final Guaranteed Maximum Price (FGMP) of $485,204,407. Now, final project costs are being reconciled as the external project audit, managed by R.L. Townsend & Associates, is wrapping up. As of today, the final cost of the Kyle Field renovation is $483,888,885 — $1,315,522 under the guaranteed maximum price.

Earl Santee, Founder and Senior Principal at Populous, said it is highly unusual for a project of this size to come in under budget. “In all my years of working on similar projects, I have never seen one come in this much under budget,” Santee said. “It is a testament to how well-managed this project was, and we are proud to have been part of it.”

John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M System, offered his congratulations to all involved...
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1310 on: January 15, 2016, 07:54:48 am »

Opening Day 2/19 ‏@HailStateBB 22h22 hours ago

BREAKING | School-Record 49 Games To Be Televised In 2016  http://www.hailstate.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=210634187

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1311 on: January 15, 2016, 09:38:56 am »

 Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP Jan 14

Patrick Brown Retweeted Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee looking into renovations to the south and east sides of Neyland
Stadium.

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UT Athletics and @Populous to Conduct Neyland Stadium Renovation Plan & Feasibility Study
http://1tn.co/NeylandPop 



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UT Athletics has partnered with Populous, a global leader in sports architecture and design, to conduct a comprehensive renovation plan and feasibility study for venerable Neyland Stadium. The multi-faceted project will include a facility and technology assessment, new conceptual designs, a market feasibility study, cost estimations, and a financial and funding analysis. The primary scope of the engagement will evaluate upgrades to the south and east sides of Neyland Stadium including such elements as widening concourses, expanding restrooms, and improving concessions areas. Additionally, the project will prioritize other stadium enhancements which contribute to the game day experience such as hospitality areas and in-venue technology offerings (additional video displays, state-of-the-art sound system, high density wi-fi delivery, etc.).
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1312 on: January 15, 2016, 12:07:36 pm »

Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 2h2 hours ago
A&M spring game at Kyle Field set for April 9 at 5 pm -- first one at A&M since 2013 because of Kyle Field construction.

Texas A&M touts Kyle Field rebuild was on time and under budget in press release below: COLLEGE STATION -- (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1so6a9v

COLLEGE STATION -- The redevelopment of historic Kyle Field came in not only on time, but more than $1.3 million under budget, according to figures released today by Billy Hamilton, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of The Texas A&M University System.

“We not only met every deadline, including the formal Substantial Completion Date of September 9, 2015, but we delivered the largest collegiate athletic construction project in history at more than $1.3 million UNDER budget,” Hamilton said.

When the West Side of Kyle Field was imploded on Dec. 21, 2014 — just nine months before the first home game of the 2015 football season — many said such an ambitious project could not be done on time and on budget. A month before the implosion, Texas A&M University System, Manhattan-Vaughn Construction and the architectural firm Populous agreed to a Final Guaranteed Maximum Price (FGMP) of $485,204,407. Now, final project costs are being reconciled as the external project audit, managed by R.L. Townsend & Associates, is wrapping up. As of today, the final cost of the Kyle Field renovation is $483,888,885 — $1,315,522 under the guaranteed maximum price.

Earl Santee, Founder and Senior Principal at Populous, said it is highly unusual for a project of this size to come in under budget. “In all my years of working on similar projects, I have never seen one come in this much under budget,” Santee said. “It is a testament to how well-managed this project was, and we are proud to have been part of it.”

John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M System, offered his congratulations to all involved...

They may have deleted some work to bring it in on time, thus saving money.  8)
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1313 on: January 15, 2016, 02:30:59 pm »

Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 49m49 minutes ago

South Carolina provides a look at its new practice facility http://sec.news/1RLpTAz

https://twitter.com/GamecockFB/status/688065028881186816

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1314 on: January 17, 2016, 09:57:01 am »

AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 7m7 minutes ago

The endzone videoboard was just the beginning of renovations to Jordan-Hare Stadium: http://ow.ly/W0kcI 





https://twitter.com/T_WILL4REAL/status/688197783019388929

Recruits visiting Auburn played Madden 16 on stadium video board
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« Reply #1315 on: January 19, 2016, 10:07:01 pm »

Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  2h2 hours ago
Renovation plans at Jordan-Hare Stadium could exceed $145 million http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/01/renovation_plans_at_jordan-hare_stadium_could_exceed_145_million.html



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Auburn started seeking feedback in December from fans for its rebooted plans, which would include an expanded concourse and walkways, club seating, additional concessions, new locker rooms, a new video board, a recruiting lounge and other amenities. Auburn also released images of the proposed project, which would include a brick facade, its website in mid-December. Feedback has mostly been positive, Jacobs said, "but it's too early to tell."

If the renovation plans are approved, construction could start after the 2016 season and be completed before the start of the 2018 season...
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1316 on: January 22, 2016, 02:53:11 pm »

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1318 on: January 27, 2016, 07:15:43 am »

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In Gov Bevin's budget proposal: $21 million to renovate, expand and improve the Wildcat Coal Lodge for athletes at UK, in 2016-17...

4:37 PM - 26 Jan 2016
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« Reply #1319 on: January 27, 2016, 05:15:32 pm »

Jon Hale ‏@JonHale_CJ 5h5 hours ago

Coal lodge not the only athletics department project in the budget proposal. 12 more here http://cjky.it/1PT3HhP

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University of Kentucky’s 4-year-old Wildcat Coal Lodge, home of the men’s basketball team, could be heading for a renovation.

A $21 million renovation to the dormitory was included in Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal released Tuesday, but the renovation would be funded by the athletic department, not state funds, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said. Just because the project was included in UK’s list of capital projects also does not mean it will definitely be completed during the two-year period the budget covers. The list covers all projects that could possibly be on the agenda for that period if circumstances permit.

“Any project over $600,000 where the university is going to use its own resources – so private donations, or cash it has on hand that it’s generated – we have to provide the state under law a list of any of those projects that we might do over the next two years if we have the cash,” Blanton said. “So the Coal Lodge is one of dozens of projects listed, and it was listed two years ago too.”

The lodge opened in the fall of 2012, replacing the Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge. The building was funded in part by donations from the coal industry.

The budget proposal also included several other possible athletic department facility projects that would be funded by the department:

    Renovate/Upgrade Commonwealth Stadium – $6.5 million for “routine maintenance to the interior and exterior, structural and infrastructure upgrades and video and other technology improvements.”
    Expand Boone Tennis Center – $9.5 million to “expand the Boone Tennis Center by adding two additional indoor tennis courts...

John Wall, Cousins, Knight never got to live in the Coal Lodge. They chose not to.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1320 on: January 27, 2016, 07:41:01 pm »

Matt Jones ‏@MattJonesADG  1h1 hour ago
UA Board of Trustees voted today to move forward on the DWRRS stadium proposal, with David Pryor abstaining http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2016/jan/27/expansion-would-add-about-3000-seats-estimates-sho/
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1321 on: January 28, 2016, 04:31:03 pm »

OleMissPix ‏@OleMissPix 3h3 hours ago

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: North End Zone as of 1/28/16. @OleMissFB





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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1322 on: January 30, 2016, 05:41:32 pm »

Steve Berkowitz ‏@ByBerkowitz  4h4 hours ago
Big rise in capacity at Kyle Field helped Texas A&M increase athletics ticket sales revenue to $45.8M in 2014-15: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2016/01/30/texas-a-m-joins-college-sports-financial-elite/79567194/
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« Reply #1323 on: February 01, 2016, 09:54:54 am »

Flashback: A Bama basketball conference home court in the '30's

bigbluehistory ‏@bigbluehistory 3h3 hours ago

..game was held at Birmingham Athletic Club. UA didn't have suitable campus arena until Foster Auditorium in '39.

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« Reply #1324 on: February 01, 2016, 11:32:19 am »

David Ubben@davidubben

Travis Ford said Auburn's visiting locker room was smallest he'd ever been in. Couldn't fit a TV crew that wanted pregame video.

8:22 AM - 1 Feb 2016


SCAR ‏@MattyMok 35m35 minutes ago Austin, TX

@beckett929 @davidubben Its a 92 million dollar arena that was built 4 years ago. Never heard a single complaint from anyone before.
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« Reply #1325 on: February 03, 2016, 12:13:36 pm »

Auburn revises plans for proposed renovation of Jordan-Hare Stadium

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Auburn has revised its plans for the proposed renovation of the North end zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium to no longer include one large video scoreboard but instead have two "smaller" scoreboards.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said a decision was made last week to change from the plans released in December.

"We probably won't have a big scoreboard in the North end if we move forward with this project," Jacobs said Wednesday on the school's in-house coverage of National Signing Day. "We'll probably have two on the corners because that makes a better view for everybody in the stadium. Some people's view(s) were blocked with that big scoreboard just in (the) end zone.

"Right now if we were to move forward, it would be two smaller video boards. But the funny thing about it is, those two smaller ones, they say they're as big as what we used to have in the South end. So you have to put small in perspective."

Last month, Jacobs said the cost "could definitely be higher" than the initial $145 million figure. A new cost estimate for the potential renovations is expected to be announced by the end of March and would be subject to approval from Auburn's Board of Trustees.
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« Reply #1326 on: February 04, 2016, 09:04:17 am »

RossBjorkAD are there still going to be the two new video boards in the SEZ of VHS? They've disappeared from the rendering pics.

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« Reply #1327 on: February 05, 2016, 12:08:57 pm »

Alabama baseball learning new bounces, tricks to playing in rebuilt Sewell-Thomas Stadium

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The guts remain, mostly. But everything else is new in Alabama's rebuilt, reimagined baseball stadium.

Now two weeks before opening night, the Crimson Tide is getting a feel for the 2016 version of Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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"Anything new, it has all the bells and whistles, I think it just lifts you," said coach Mitch Gaspard. "I think we'll know a lot more once we get in it and start playing games. We'll be able to identify more of the stadium and what make it happen. Right now, it just has a different feel to it than what we had before."

Spectators are in for a new experience from the old Sewell-Thomas Stadium. All 4,500 seats are of the chair-back variety with standing-room sections raising the capacity to 7,000.

"The old ball park did not compare to this," senior center fielder Georgie Salem said. "This is the nicest ball park I've seen so far in college baseball, as far as the undercarriage, and obviously the field and the stadium. It's really exciting. I've been here three years now, and I haven't felt anywhere close to this much excitement leading up to this season."

On the field, players are getting used to different playing conditions. The biggest different (sic) in that realm is found in the outfield. The green padded walls were scrapped in favor for chain-linked fences extending from left field to right-center. The fences are considerably taller than the old wall.

"You have a warning track and fence on most fields," Salem said. "You just go 100 percent and play. You don't realize what the fence is like until you hit it, I guess. Hitting a fence like this is would be much better than hitting a big wall. It's definitely taller, so the option of robbing a home run isn't there, whereas it was before."

Played at Hoover Met in 2015.

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The new and improved baseball stadium is awesome! Thanks for the tour Coach Gaspard! RTR!@MitchGaspard @AlabamaBSB



https://twitter.com/AlabamaBSB/status/691632224404377600
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« Reply #1328 on: February 07, 2016, 10:08:25 am »

Ross Bjork ‏@RossBjorkAD  Feb 5
The big toys have arrived for the north end zone project. Exciting to see the project come out of the ground 🛠👌




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Wow just crossed the $300,000 mark for the http://CommittoOleMiss.com  campaign. The Ole Miss family is the best. Thx!

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1329 on: February 07, 2016, 05:06:44 pm »

Texas A&M will choose between two proposed stadium upgrades:

https://i.imgur.com/RmYgoBb.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/4izsE1T.jpg
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« Reply #1330 on: February 08, 2016, 10:45:25 am »

Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 21m21 minutes ago

Georgia's Mark Fox said The Pavilion at Ole Miss might be the nicest arena in the SEC, notes that #Mizzou Arena and Bud Walton are good too
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1331 on: February 09, 2016, 01:43:57 pm »

Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 1h1 hour ago

Nusz Park, MSU's renovated softball stadium.



Great turf
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« Reply #1332 on: February 10, 2016, 11:08:59 am »

Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 5m5 minutes ago

UK Baseball Coach Gary Henderson says on KSR "we will have a new baseball stadium", hopefully to begin construction in late fall
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« Reply #1333 on: February 11, 2016, 07:03:52 am »

Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 1h1 hour ago

Nusz Park, MSU's renovated softball stadium.



Great turf

Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 21h21 hours ago

Touring MSU's new stadium Nusz Park. What it means to @HailStateSB http://on.thec-l.com/1Tbujkr  (video tour at link)

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« Reply #1335 on: February 11, 2016, 08:04:17 pm »

Steve Berkowitz ‏@ByBerkowitz  4h4 hours ago
Big rise in capacity at Kyle Field helped Texas A&M increase athletics ticket sales revenue to $45.8M in 2014-15: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2016/01/30/texas-a-m-joins-college-sports-financial-elite/79567194/

That will buy a lot of booze…………………….
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« Reply #1336 on: February 12, 2016, 06:50:06 am »

 Country Livin' ‏@CountryFoIkLife 29 Nov 2015




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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1337 on: February 12, 2016, 08:50:37 am »

Thomas Goldkamp ‏@ThomasGoldkamp Feb 10

AD Jeremy Foley says continuing to improve #Gators football facilities a major priority - http://florida.247sports.com/Bolt/Football-facilities-a-major-priority-for-Florida-43620935

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley...

"Obviously we've got a football program moving in a positive direction," Foley said. "The indoor practice facility was a huge benefit to the program. There's some other things we need to get done in football. All right?

"Football, in terms of revenue, is the engine, and we need to make sure we continue to move in that direction, provide coach [Jim McElwain] and his staff and his players what they need. It was a high priority to renovate football."

In the last year, the Gators have added the $17 million indoor practice facility, renovated the student-athlete academic center and improved student-athlete dorms.

What's next?

Foley left open the possibility of a stand-alone football facility when asked about it specifically, indicating that may be part of what the master plan is designed to explore.

"Well, we're looking at some things to do for football," Foley said. "What that master plan ends up showing what we can do and what we can afford, we'll know later this spring."

The main issue in building a stand-alone football facility may simply be finding space on campus. To that end, some ideas that have been floated by fans are shifting either the location of the soccer and track stadium or the baseball stadium somewhere else on campus.

Foley didn't address that specifically but did say pretty clearly that moving baseball isn't feasible, in answer to a question about potentially rotating the field to provide shade for baseball fans.

"Probably not. You're talking some significant dollars, and we've spent a large amount of money building what we have down there," Foley said. "Put it this way, South Carolina spent $37 million building a baseball stadium. I'm not so sure what it would cost us to do that, but those dollars are just not realistic."
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« Reply #1338 on: February 13, 2016, 12:28:25 pm »

Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner  22m22 minutes ago
Can MSU's new court make the program healthier? The advanced technology the program uses to predict injuries http://on.thec-l.com/1XofASv

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STARKVILLE - Nearly a year ago, Ben Howland stepped on campus as the new architect in the renovation of Mississippi State basketball.

He brought a resume that included eight conference championships and three Final Four appearances between his time at Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh and UCLA. To continue that trend of dominance he signed future pillars of the program like McDonald’s All-American Malik Newman and four-star forward Aric Holman to be Bulldogs. Next year’s class only builds on that with six four-star players as it's ranked the seventh-best class in the nation according to 247Sports.

But a critical flaw lingered within the program. One that Howland noticed the first time he stepped on the court at Humphrey Coliseum.

“Bottom line, it’s really a hard surface that doesn’t have a lot of give,” Howland told The Clarion-Ledger. “The No. 1 thing that’s important in flooring is to make sure that’s its good for your players in terms of their physical well-being. That thing is an older floor that sorely, in my opinion, needs to be replaced.”

A new floor costs approximately $130,000. Mississippi State is preparing to install a new permanent court by the start of the 2016-17 season that will replace the current portable flooring, which will be 15 years old when it is removed in July.

“It’s just going to be a better surface for them but not interfere with the other things that we need to have from commencement to concerts,” said Jay Logan, Mississippi State’s head of facilities and event management at Humphrey Coliseum. “We can still do that. That’s just the beauty of the technology of the floor construction.”

“The technology of flooring in terms of having more give to it so it’s better for your knees, your lower back, your feet; it will be a big difference,” Howland said. “I think that no question the players and officials will notice.”
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« Reply #1339 on: February 14, 2016, 09:25:24 pm »

Ross Bjork ‏@RossBjorkAD  Feb 9
Hollingsworth Field officially under construction back to natural grass & a cool aerial pic from @RebVoice

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« Reply #1340 on: February 15, 2016, 07:06:00 am »

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Georgia's Mark Fox said The Pavilion at Ole Miss might be the nicest arena in the SEC, notes that #Mizzou Arena and Bud Walton are good too

I was at the game Saturday. The Pavilion is nice but it isn't nicer than BWA, Thompson/Bowling, Mizzou Arena, Colonial Life Arena or Rupp. It is much smaller than all those. I haven't seen old barns new one yet. We sat in the upper level "mezzanine" (the ones in front of the glass windows you see on TV behind one of the baselines). Those seats were very steep and there was NO leg room. If someone got up to go somewhere then others had to help them to make sure they didn't fall down over the seats in front of them. The actual seat is fine except the cup holders right on the front of the armrest is an annoyance due to it being fairly short. I sat my drink on the floor between my legs just so I could put my arm on the armrest comfortably. Internet access was very good. The scoreboard is nice but it was hard to read the stats from where we were sitting on the ends of the ribbon boards that showed more detail that the one on the bottom of the main scroreboard. I walked around as much as was allowed. The concourse was very nice where the concession stands were behind the baselines. There were tables and chairs to sit at. We paid $9 for a bottled water and one large soft drink. The restroom line was WAY to long at halftime. I thought maybe there wasn't enough restrooms. It was also small and crowded. The lower level sidelines are pretty much all high priced club, loge or suite seating and no access on one whole side and most of the other. The students get decent seats and also get in FREE by showing their ID's. The pep band was terrible. That's a shame since they have a decent band overall. A LOT of "pro" type stuff during timeouts. The most interesting part since overall it's a nice clean new place, is it only seats a little over 9,000 and it wasn't close to full, yet the person we went with said it was sold out. There were a lot of Hog fans there. Obviously I was not allowed in the admin and locker room areas. I suspect opposing coaches saying it is a nice arena are basing that on those areas the public doesn't see. Overall a nice small but not great arena but it was desperately needed. We had a faculty parking permit since we went with my wife's niece that's a professor there and due to traffic close to the arena we had to park farther away than I thought we would. No biggie though. It is very strange they built it so close to the main side of VHS. I almost forgot one of their fans sitting immediately behind us was constantly complaining about the refs calls. It was also not as loud as I thought it would be being so small but it did get loud a couple of times. I guess the fact it wasn't a great game overall by either team was a factor in that.
P.S. Ajax Diner was a really good place to eat afterwards. How one of old misses players, Perez, got there before we did though I don't know. But trying to be a good Hog representative I did congratulate him on their victory and he was cordial to us and all the old miss fans wanting his autograph and picture.
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« Reply #1341 on: February 15, 2016, 08:28:25 am »

I was at the game Saturday. The Pavilion is nice but it isn't nicer than BWA, Thompson/Bowling, Mizzou Arena, Colonial Life Arena or Rupp. It is much smaller than all those. I haven't seen old barns new one yet. We sat in the upper level "mezzanine" (the ones in front of the glass windows you see on TV behind one of the baselines). Those seats were very steep and there was NO leg room. If someone got up to go somewhere then others had to help them to make sure they didn't fall down over the seats in front of them. The actual seat is fine except the cup holders right on the front of the armrest is an annoyance due to it being fairly short. I sat my drink on the floor between my legs just so I could put my arm on the armrest comfortably. Internet access was very good. The scoreboard is nice but it was hard to read the stats from where we were sitting on the ends of the ribbon boards that showed more detail that the one on the bottom of the main scroreboard. I walked around as much as was allowed. The concourse was very nice where the concession stands were behind the baselines. There were tables and chairs to sit at. We paid $9 for a bottled eater and one large soft drink. The restroom line was WAY to long at halftime. I thought maybe there wasn't enough restrooms. It was also small and crowded. The lower level sidelines are pretty much all high priced club, loge or suite seating and no access on one whole side and most of the other. The students get decent seats and also get in FREE by showing their ID's. The pep band was terrible. That's a shame since they have a decent band overall. A LOT of "pro" type stuff during timeouts. The most interesting part since since overall it's a nice clean new place is it only seats a little over 9,000 and it wasn't close to full yet the person we went with said it was sold out. There were a lot of Hog fans there. Obviously I was not allowed in in the admin and locker room areas. I suspect opposing coaches saying it is a nice arena are basing that on those areas the public doesn't see. Overall a nice small but not great arena but it was desperately needed. We had a faculty parking permit since we went with my wife's niece that's a professor there and due to traffic close to the arena we had to park farther away than I thought we would. No biggie though. It is very strange they built it so close to the main side of VHS. I almost forgot one of their fans sitting immediately behind us was constantly complaining about the refs calls. It was also not as loud as I thought it would be being so small but it did get loud a couple of times. I guess the fact it wasn't a great game overall by either team was a factor in that.
P.S. Ajax Diner was a really good place to eat afterwards. How one of old misses players, Perez, got there before we did though I don't know. But trying to be a good Hog representative I did congratulated him on their victory and he was cordial to us and all the old miss fans wanting his autograph and picture.

Thx for the review!

If you are okay I would like to add this post to the Road Trips thread as well.
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« Reply #1342 on: February 15, 2016, 08:28:59 am »

Kila Rumph ‏@kilamaree 15h15 hours ago

Incredible view from the Gator IPF. #UF #GatorNation #SEC #Florida

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Thx for the review!

If you are okay I would like to add this post to the Road Trips thread as well.

You're welcome. No problem, add anywhere you desire.
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« Reply #1344 on: February 15, 2016, 07:52:45 pm »

Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC  5h5 hours ago
UGA to hold official groundbreaking for indoor facility http://sec.news/20zGpD9



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ATHENS — Georgia’s long-awaited Indoor Athletic Facility (that’s the school’s working name for it) is already well on its way to becoming a reality. That’s evident by the hundreds of tons of dirt being removed from Woodruff Practice Fields the last two months. But the official ground-breaking takes place today as UGA President Jere Morehead, Athletic Director Greg McGarity, head football coach Kirby Smart and track and field star Kendell Williams dig into what’s left with golden shovels.
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« Reply #1345 on: February 16, 2016, 11:27:04 am »

Daniel Paulling ‏@DanielPaulling 2h2 hours ago

Ole Miss announces $13 million upgrade for baseball facilities: http://on.thec-l.com/247Bxtv

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OXFORD - Ole Miss’ baseball stadium will undergo renovations and upgrades valued at $13 million, Ole Miss announced Tuesday morning.

The project will include a new baseball performance center, a field level club, more box seating, a rooftop plaza along the first base line and expansion/realignment of the left field terrace at Swayze Field. It’s expected to be completed by the 2018 season.

“Ole Miss Athletics is always looking out for the welfare of our student-athletes, and the upgrading of facilities is one way to improve their entire collegiate experience,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said in a statement. “As one of our most popular and successful sports at Ole Miss, the baseball program brings so much excitement to our fans. It is only fitting that the highlight of this project is a new performance center for the baseball team.”

The performance center will include a new clubhouse, training room, weight room, players’ lounge, a team meeting room, indoor hitting cages and an indoor pitching tunnel.

“To have an all-inclusive performance center at the stadium is a major game changer for our guys, and it is exciting to be able to give our fans more upgraded seating options for our games,” coach Mike Bianco said in a statement. “This is another great day for our program, and it would not be possible without the support of our past letter winners, the Ole Miss Athletics administration and, of course, Rebel Nation.”

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« Reply #1346 on: February 16, 2016, 07:58:51 pm »

Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt 3h3 hours ago

Kirby Smart appreciative of IAF, partakes in groundbreaking: http://www.macon.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article60707631.html

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Smart will have to do without one for his first year, while knowing one that has been advertised as a $30.2 million state-of-the-art facility is on its way. Speaking to those attending the official groundbreaking of the facility, Smart expressed his approval for the project the university and athletic department has begun.

“This is a first-class facility,” Smart said. “It’s going to enhance our ability to prepare and compete at a championship level. I was able to see the benefits of this type of facility first-hand over the last nine years. It shows our continued commitment to excellence in athletics at the University of Georgia.”
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« Reply #1347 on: February 17, 2016, 12:54:08 pm »

 Greg Sankey ‏@GregSankey 17h17 hours ago

In 12 weeks and 2 days the @SEC Softball Tournament will be played here at #NuszPark #StarkVegas #WarmWeather

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« Reply #1348 on: February 20, 2016, 01:17:39 pm »

Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner  16h16 hours ago
FAU spoils MSU's opening day in front of record crowd http://on.thec-l.com/1TvJViW

New MSU opening day record crowd of 9,413.

Right field fence was moved closer to home plate
 
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So, the right field deck is significantly bigger this year. May be another attendance record set on SBW

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« Reply #1349 on: February 21, 2016, 04:58:14 pm »

Daniel Paulling ‏@DanielPaulling  6h6 hours ago
The Pavilion is a "game changer" for Ole Miss basketball but here's what else the $96.5 million arena can do: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/ole-miss/2016/02/20/pavilion-paying-off-beyond-basketball/80635612/

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“People were coming in crying, people were coming in with these grins on their face, ear to ear,” said Thompson, senior associate athletic director of marketing and communications. “That reaction, those faces, I’ll have those permanently imprinted in my mind.”

The Pavilion was primarily built (at a cost of $96.5 million) to host basketball games, replacing the 50-year-old C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum. But it also serves as a gathering place for students during the week and will be open to the public on football game days with Vaught-Hemingway Stadium nearby.

The new arena, however, can provide Ole Miss with more.

Thompson said he’s spoken with people interested in hosting many different types of events at the Pavilion. The arena held a Jan. 24 concert headlined by country music star Brad Paisley, and there are plans to host between three and five concerts a year.

“The Pavilion was built and designed for that type of event in mind, from the rigging to the load-bearing trusses and things like that, the retractables (seats),” Thompson said. “It’s designed and built to have major acts in there. And the acoustics are incredible. It definitely opens up a lot of new doors.”
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