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Every month Athletics Development Frontier chooses a few facility projects being completed across the nation. This month we have chosen Colorado State, which will open two facilities this month, Arizona, which recently announced a 12-project plan and Tennessee, which has begun the second phase of their baseball stadium renovations.

Colorado State University

A webcam shot of the Academic & Training Center

A webcam shot of the Academic & Training Center

The CSU Rams are celebrating the grand opening of two facilities this month, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tours on September 18. One facility, the Academic & Training Center, will house a state-of-the-art weight room in addition to two levels of academic space, complete with a computer lab, tutoring rooms and staff offices.

The Indoor Practice Facility, the second facility, gives CSU student-athletes an opportunity to train throughout the year without the impact of weather. In addition, it also places CSU on the same level as those in the Mountain West Conference by giving their football team a place to practice indoors while expanding space to hold multiple other sports practices at one time. The facility will contain a field, court, training track and a lobby area.

An ariel shot of the Arizona's Athletics Complex

An ariel shot of the Arizona's Athletics Complex

University of Arizona

In an ambitious announcement, the University of Arizona has recently announced a 12-project plan that will require $378 million over the next 20 years. The plan calls for a building in the north end zone of Arizona’s football stadium and an upgrade to the McKale Center, the school’s basketball arena. In addition to these two projects, the school plans on improving the aquatic center, baseball stadium, track and field stadium, soccer field, as well as the softball stadium. This article gives a good breakdown of all the projects and allocation of funds.

In announcing a 12-project plan, the university is preparing to grow and renovate nearly all their sports facilities over the next 20 years. Announcing the all planned projects enables the university to focus on raising support and decreasing the effect of announcing new capital campaigns every year.

University of Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers have recently started the second of four planned expansions with their baseball stadium. This set of renovations allows fans to sit closer to the field in a MVP area with permanent chairback seating. The second phase will also add a new batting cage and improvements to the visitor locker room. The first phase focused primarily on player development, while the third area will include a luxury suite and the fourth will add stands on the left-field line.

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The natural grass turf at Razorback Stadium will be replaced this summer 

 

The natural grass turf at Razorback Stadium will be replaced this summer

DURHAM, NC – Duke University announced on April 20th that they have recently received a total of $10 million in donations towards new football facilities, from two different donors. Bob Pascal, former Duke running back in the 1950s, put forth a massive gift of $6 million which is now the largest individual gift in Duke athletics history.

The donations were made to support the renovation of Duke’s outdoor practice facilities and build a visiting locker room, halftime house and field-house with a full-length practice field. “The University still needs at least $5 million more before it begins construction on the field-house, which will be named after Pascal pending approval from the Board of Trustees, said Tom Coffman, associate athletic director for development and planning.” Construction of the halftime house and visitor locker room has already begun.

For more information on the Duke football facilities, click here or here.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The University of Arkansas athletic department will install a synthetic playing surface in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this year, just in time for the 2009 football season. The funds for the new surface were all raised through private gifts to the Razorback Foundation, and totaled $1.1 million.

Small sections of the old natural grass turf will be available for purchase to those attending the Razorbacks Red-White game on Sunday, May 3. For $10, fans can purchase a nine-inch by nine-inch piece of Razorback history, and take the sod immediately after the game.

For more information on Razorback Stadium changes, click here.

ITHACA, NY – Ithaca College recently received a $4 million donation to push the development of their Athletics and Event Center one step closer to reality. The small New York college has battled through a tough economic recession, fluctuating construction costs, and uncertain fundraising levels to get closer to starting construction.  

With this recent gift, Ithaca finds itself just $7 million shy of the $65.5 million needed to complete the project. Construction will likely begin this spring with the balance of funds to be raised before completion of the project.

For more information on the Ithaca College Athletics and Event Center, click here.

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Ryan Diem play on the field and actions off it led him to being named 2008 Outstanding Young Alumnus at NIU.

Ryan Diem play on the field and actions off it led him to being named 2008 Outstanding Young Alumnus at NIU.

Typically a sore spot for most development offices, former student-athlete giving has historically been poor at most schools. This occurs for many reasons. Perhaps the student-athlete did not have the exprience they felt they deserved, perhaps their coach is no longer at the school, or perhaps they haven’t been as successful as they hoped. Yet for most, it comes down to their experience at the university and how they view their time spent on campus.

Recently some headway has been made in former student-athlete gifts. Julius Peppers made a six-figure donation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earlier this year, earmarking his donation to the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

During this past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Ohio State’s campus and listening to various athletics department staff members speak to the my MSA class and answer questions. Pat Chun, Deputy Senior Associate Athletics Director of External Relations, offered some advice on the subject of student-athlete giving:

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