UF facility upgrades

UF facility upgrades

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March 23rd, 2018, 8:47 am #1

From Gainesville Sun -

The University Athletic Association took the next step in a $130-million facilities upgrade Friday, announcing details about the new stand alone football facility, a new baseball stadium and significant renovations to the softball stadium.

The announcement from the athletic department came after the University of Florida Board of Trustees approved a bond resolution for $50 million for Phase II of UAA’s Facilities Master Plan.

Per state of Florida debt management guidelines, the Board of Governors still has to approve the bond resolution at the end of June.

The stand alone football facility will be constructed on the site of the current baseball stadium (McKethan Stadium) at a cost of $65 million. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020, with a goal of completion in 2021.

The facility will be located right next to the practice field and indoor practice facility and will include meeting rooms, locker rooms, strength and conditioning areas, training rooms and coaches’ offices.
Architects and engineers for the project are HKO.

In UF’s original plan, the stand alone football facility was to be built west of the practice field and be a three-story structure, while the baseball stadium was going to be renovated.

After further study, the decision was made to build a new baseball stadium and put the football facility where the baseball stadium is now located, giving it much more space and avoiding making it a three-story structure.

The new baseball stadium is going to be built on 13.63 acres of land previously occupied by UF/IFAS on Hull Road across from the softball stadium and the lacrosse stadium. The estimated $50 million project is scheduled to begin in the fall of this year. The goal is to have the stadium completed before the start of the 2020 season.

Overall capacity of the stadium will be 10,000, with permanent chairbacks increasing from 2,408 to 5,000. Premium seating and non-traditional seating options also will be available.

At the new location, homeplate will face northeast, with the sun behind the stadium.

The stadium will feature a 360-degree open concourse and seating, with multiple sections shaded from the sun.

The project also includes locker rooms, a players’ lounge, batting cages, an adjacent practice field, coaches’ offices and state of the art video board and sound system.

Architects for the project are Populous and Walker Architects, who designed Yankee Stadium.

As part of the project, UAA will be contributing $3 million to IFAS to benefit College of Agricultural and Life Science students.

The first project to be addressed in Phase II is Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium, which will be undergoing an $11 million renovation starting this summer. Work is expected to be completed before the start of the 2019 season.

The project includes a new, elevated press box, increasing field seating — all chairback — from 1,431 to about 2,280 and modern student-athlete and staff amenities, including locker room and sports medicine.
UAA announced that it has identified funding for $73 million of the $130 million for Phase II. The remaining funding will come from UF boosters and other donors.

Phase I of the Facilities Master Plan was completed over the past 18 months with the renovation of the O’Connell Center, construction of the football indoor practice facility and the completion of the Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall.

Upgrades to The Swamp will be part of Phase III of the Master Plan, which will begin after the completion of Phase II.

The overall cost for Phase I was $108.5 million.
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March 23rd, 2018, 8:50 am #2

Florida is committing big money to baseball, both in facilities and coaching. They won the national title last season and are poised to make another run this year.
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March 23rd, 2018, 9:33 am #3

Tennessee's baseball is not too bad.  Better than I remember GT's being.   I have not been to any other stadiums so I am not real sure what the standard is these days.

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March 23rd, 2018, 9:58 am #4

UGA baseball is a dumpster fire.
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March 23rd, 2018, 10:55 am #5

Mullen just came and toured Clemsons new facility the other week
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March 23rd, 2018, 11:45 am #6

UF sat on its hands for a long time in terms of facility upgrades, but they've put a lot of money in the pot in the last three years.

I'm excited to see what the baseball complex looks like in the end. Word is that it will be as good as college baseball gets. 

The baseball program looks to cement itself as a top five program year in and year out. Re-signing O'Sullivan was crucial. 

And now this. 
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