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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1602 on: January 20, 2018, 07:23:12 am »

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New AD Allen Greene: Auburn will dig 'a little bit deeper' into football-only facility 'pretty soon'


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"Coach Malzahn already hit me up for a standalone football facility, so I think that's going to be on the docket," new Auburn athletics director Allen Greene said, half-jokingly, during his introductory press conference on Friday.

It's no secret that Malzahn would like a football-only facility on Auburn's campus, and when asked about it last month -- shortly after his new seven-year, $49 million contract was agreed to in principle -- Malzahn said "you're always look to improve, and we'll see where that goes."

"We'll sit down and we'll talk about it -- everything as far as football is concerned and all that, in due time," Malzahn said Friday. "We'll talk about that. That was a joke we brought up as we were getting to know each other and all that."

Auburn's football operations -- including coaches' and staff offices, training room, weight room, practice facility and practice locker room -- are currently housed in the Auburn athletics complex, which opened in 1989 and is nearly 30 years old.

Last year, then-athletics director Jay Jacobs said building a standalone football facility or upgrading the current athletics complex was not a top priority for the athletic department. Auburn's Board of Trustees was provided a document in May 2015 with a preliminary budget of $30 million in 2018 for a football-specific facility, and at the time Jacobs said his hope was to have a plan for either a new facility or renovations to the current one within five years.

Auburn is currently constructing a $28 million gameday support facility at Jordan-Hare Stadium that includes a recruiting area, renovated home locker room, club seating and new press box in the southwest corner of the stadium.

Auburn president Steven Leath said he has already shared the school's capital projects plans with Greene.

"Some of the bigger long-term projects, like whether we need a standalone football facility, he needs a chance to study all that," Leath said.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1603 on: January 25, 2018, 06:10:33 am »

Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

State investigation finds two Tennessee athletic staff members accepted impermissible gifts from vendors


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One Tennessee athletic department staff member is being disciplined and another has received counsel on school policy after an investigation by the Tennessee comptroller found that they had violated program rules related to accepting outside gifts.

State of Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released on Wednesday the results of his investigation into “possible discrepancies” that were made known to his office by the university’s audit and compliance department.

Wilson found that two members of the athletic department’s staff– the director of sports surface management and another unspecified employee — accepted impermissible gifts from vendors at various points in both 2014 and 2016. Blake Toppmeyer of Knox News reports that Darren Seybold is the director of sports surface management at the school.

“Investigators determined the director of sports surface management violated university policy when he accepted at least two paid trips and related entertainment from a department vendor which had previously been awarded an equipment lease worth $763,898,” Wilson’s statement of findings reads. “In 2016, the director traveled to Illinois for two days of golf, and he also participated in a golf scramble in Georgia. The vendor provided lodging, air fare (when applicable), green fees, and other privileges. This violated UT’s policy prohibiting university employees from accepting entertainment or other gifts exceeding $75 in value.”

Seybold further violated Tennessee policy in April of 2016 when he failed to record two days of leave on his university time records when he took a trip to The Masters golf tournament. A vendor paid for the director’s event pass, although he was paid back.

The 2014 incident involved both employees and another trip to The Masters, again a violation of the school’s policy that prohibits the acceptance of gifts or entertainment exceeding $75 in value.

The pair “attended one day of the Masters Golf Tournament as guests of a potential vendor that was actively marketing its product to the university.” Toppmeyer reports Tennessee ultimately did not purchase from the vendor.

According to both reports, Seybold “told investigators that he felt he was representing the University of Tennessee while he participated in these trips and that he used the opportunities to speak with manufacturing representatives about the use of field maintenance equipment. Furthermore, he told investigators that he was unaware of the university policy that prohibited his acceptance of gifts.”

Wilson warned the university of the consequences of these violations and encouraged the school to focus on more training.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1604 on: February 02, 2018, 06:01:56 am »

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LSU announces Softball Performance Center, largest in SEC softball #GeauxTigers

📄: http://lsul.su/2BK1hC4


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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1605 on: February 02, 2018, 07:40:45 am »

LSU Softball
‏ @LSUsoftball
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LSU announces Softball Performance Center, largest in SEC softball #GeauxTigers

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With their budget problems from the state they are converting the Library I guess.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1608 on: March 06, 2018, 06:16:02 am »

Sadness in Starkville


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Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team will finally make its debut in its home stadium on Wednesday, but there may be a big problem.

Cowbells may not be allowed inside.

Newly renovated Duly Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium in Starkville — nicknamed the New Dude — will open for baseball on Tuesday after a multi-year renovation project. But a couple of tweets from the Bulldogs baseball account on Monday indicate that a staple of Mississippi State sporting events may not get to celebrate the fun.

At noon, this tweet came through:

MSU Baseball

‏Verified account @HailStateBB

cowbells will not be permitted inside the #NewDude


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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1609 on: March 13, 2018, 05:17:30 pm »


Michael Carvell
‏ @Michael_Carvell

LOOK: Missouri begins south end zone demolition at Memorial Stadium


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After the south end zone scoreboard was removed on Monday, complete demolition of the current south end zone started on Tuesday.

The project, which will cost $98 million, will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for Missouri, while also adding premium seating opportunities and game-day enhancements for fans. It was approved by the university’s board of curators in August.

The project is not expected to be completed until August 2019.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1610 on: March 28, 2018, 07:27:29 pm »

AL.com sports
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"Yesterday afternoon's Birmingham City Council vote to help fund a new downtown stadium and upgrade Legacy Arena did a lot of things for Alabama's largest city.

Most importantly, it sent a message to itself. This town is starting to have a little faith." https://trib.al/ufVjSKO


Bowl game site with SEC affiliation
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1612 on: April 04, 2018, 08:27:25 am »


Kevin Brockway
‏ @gatorhoops

Gators AD Scott Stricklin: New football facility will not have 'gold-plated toilets and water falls'


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Just to be clear, Florida Gators Athletics Director Scott Stricklin says his program’s new stand-alone football facility is going to be nice, but not over-the-top ostentatious.

“You don’t want to be frivolous,” Stricklin said on our Open Mike radio show the other day when talking about UF’s $130 million in upcoming projects that include $65 million for a new football facility, $50 million for a new baseball stadium and $11 million in improvements to the softball stadium. “We’re not going to have gold-plated toilets in any of these facilities. We’re not going to have waterfalls in the locker rooms. … You want to make sure you’re spending in a really smart way.

“One of the great benefits of being at a place like Florida is, you can do really nice, first-class facilities but you don’t have to be gimmicky about it in order to get attention,” Stricklin added. “The University of Florida brand is really strong, and young people are going to want to come visit our campus, and fans are going to want to come and support them. At some places — and I’m not talking about anybody in particular —
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1615 on: May 04, 2018, 06:42:13 am »

https://www.seccountry.com/lsu/look-lsu-releases-preview-video-football-operations


The Advocate
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Video: See eye-popping renderings of LSU football operations center; hall of fame, players lounge, more https://buff.ly/2FzQ3SB
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1617 on: May 14, 2018, 05:48:58 pm »


Oscar Combs
‏ @wildcatnews

Doors Close on Cliff Hagan Stadium for Regular Season Games As Cats Fall to Miss. State 18-8 - University of Kentucky


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LEXINGTON, Ky. – After 50 years, 733 victories and countless memories, Cliff Hagan Stadium hosted the final regular season game in its storied history on Sunday on a pristine late spring day befitting the best of what baseball has to offer.
 
Although the outcome wasn't what No. 17 Kentucky and the capacity crowd had hoped – the Cats lost 18-8 to Mississippi State –

A total of 91,551 fans attended home games this season, a school-record total for the program and the top eight regular season crowds in the stadium's history came in 2018. Combined with two postseason games last year, the top 10 crowds at the facility have all been the past two seasons.
 
After a pregame ceremonial first pitch by five former coaches, the son of a former coach and stadium namesake Cliff Hagan, the Cats struggled ...
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1619 on: May 25, 2018, 08:40:53 pm »

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball finally sent notices to its season-ticket holders Friday announcing major changes coming to the game day experience at Rupp

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By the 2020-21 season, the facility will have four new club spaces, about 3,000 fewer seats and chair backs for upper-level sideline seats.

The renovations were negotiated into the university’s new lease with the Lexington Center Corporation that runs through 2033. They could cost up to $15 million. Replacing bleachers with actual chairs from section 211 to 217 and from 228 to 234 will reduce the capacity of the arena to about 20,500.

That would drop the historic building to sixth on the list of college basketball’s biggest cathedrals — but not necessarily take Kentucky out of the running for its annual attendance crown. The Wildcats have led the nation in attendance 20 times in the last 23 years. Second-place Syracuse averaged 21,462 last season.

The bigger worry for Big Blue Nation in this renovation, though, will be the resulting reshuffle of upper-level seating. Athletic department officials briefed SEC Country and other local reporters Thursday on the details of the project and how changes will affect fans. Lower-level seating will be unaffected, but the entire upper level will be reseated.

It is also possible upper-level student seating, which was often not full last season, will be reduced.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1620 on: May 28, 2018, 09:27:37 am »

Tony Barnhart
‏Verified account @MrCFB

Tony Barnhart Retweeted Matt Jones

This is the future in football and basketball, Matt. Fewer total seats and more premium seats with amenities.


Thompson-Bowling Arena was ahead of the pack
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1622 on: June 01, 2018, 06:56:52 am »

AL.com sports
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Auburn board to vote on starting project, architect for suite renovations at Jordan-Hare Stadium | http://AL.com  https://trib.al/EgtOoW0
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1623 on: June 01, 2018, 07:10:04 am »

https://articles.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2018/05/whats_next_for_alabama_basketb_1.amp

Coleman replacement options

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"It's leaning more towards the idea of a remodel but even there, we're not there yet," Byrne said Wednesday at SEC Spring Meetings in Destin. "We've been studying that and research in the marketplace about what would be supported and then we have to find a financial model that can work."

Byrne said there still wasn't any kind of timetable set for when any changes would be designed, announced or implemented.

Ole Miss spent $96.5 million building The Pavilion which opened in 2016 seating 9,500. Auburn Arena was built for $86 million in 2010 ($98 million when adjusted for inflation). It seats 9,121 for basketball.

Coleman Coliseum has 15,383 seats in an airplane hangar-sized building that lacks the intimacy of the newer arenas. Even Kentucky is reducing the size of Rupp Arena by approximately 2,500 seats to add chair-back options and club amenities.

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1624 on: June 08, 2018, 05:19:47 pm »

Auburn board approves starting suite renovations at Jordan-Hare Stadium

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Auburn will renovate the suites at Jordan-Hare Stadium during the next two offseasons.

The university's board of trustees approved beginning a two-phase project to renovate the suites on the East side of Jordan-Hare...

The first phase of the project will "install operable windows in all" of the 79 suites, which presently have fixed windows. It will be performed after the upcoming football season and before the 2019 season, which Auburn opens against Oregon in Arlington, Texas before coming home to face Tulane on Sept. 7, 2019.

The second phase will "upgrade the interior finishes" of the suites, King said, as well as improve the HVAC system, and will occur after the 2019 football season.

Asked about potential impact to suite holders, specifically in terms of cost, Auburn athletic director Allen Greene told the board the athletic department hasn't raised suite prices during the last four years and that any increase in future prices would help mitigate the cost of the renovations.

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1625 on: June 09, 2018, 07:46:05 am »

New stadiums in the State of Alabama:


AL.com sports
‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

UAB to pay $25,000 a game to lease new downtown stadium

Birmingham Bowl site


Former South Alabama coach Joey Jones on new stadium: 'The program is going to take off'

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South Alabama football fans heard the news they have been waiting for since the Jaguars' program started in 2009: there will be an on-campus stadium.

The June 1 announcement has sparked a new-found interest in the South Alabama program.

No one is as excited as former South Alabama coach and current Mississippi State special teams coordinator Joey Jones.

Jones, 55, who resigned in December after nine seasons as Jaguars head coach: "They've been trying and working to get that stadium for years. I'm so glad they've got it. I know, being there for nine years, the struggles of not having the home stadium in the recruiting process, certainly, were a detriment, but now they've got it.

"I think the program is going to take off to the next level. That tickles me to death. Those kids deserve it."

Jones was asked if the problem was lack of a home stadium or the condition of the 70-year-old Mobile landmark.

"A little of both," Jones said with a laugh. "I love Ladd. All of the traditions there, and I played there. I know about all the Senior Bowls, but for an 18-year-old man coming in that stadium isn't going to be what attracted him to Mobile."

The new stadium will cost $73 million, with plans to raise that money through a combination of public, private and local government funding.



How you'll be 'shocked' by minor league baseball in Madison


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Yes, there's going to be a swimming pool in the outfield and such diversified options at the concession stands that Ralph Nelson considers the hiring of the right stadium food and beverage supervisor to be critical.

And, no, if you're thinking this is going to be the Huntsville Stars and Joe Davis Stadium 2.0, you're going to be more wrong than saying the sky is green.

And then there's the Jimmy Buffett aspect, whose chain of Margaritaville hotels will have a location that will be integrated with the stadium. And if Buffett wanted to come to the stadium and sing some songs, well, "I don't think that's a long shot," Nelson said. "I'll leave that at that."
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1626 on: June 28, 2018, 06:29:10 pm »

Rupp Arena
‏Verified account @Rupp_Arena

Lexington Center Board has awarded a $241M contract to @MesserWeAreBLDG to build a new @LexConvCenter, including updates to @Rupp_Arena.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2N8mVam

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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1628 on: August 05, 2018, 02:25:27 pm »

https://mobile.twitter.com/JonSolomonAspen/status/1026143659408994304

Over a billion USD in facilities improvements in last 5 years in Power 5.

JonSol: schools have to spend it on something since players are not getting paid.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1629 on: August 06, 2018, 06:36:02 am »

Adam Sparks
‏Verified account@AdamSparks

Exclusive: How Vanderbilt administrators undercut fundraising for football stadium. https://tnne.ws/2LXUFtg


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Two years after pondering preliminary plans, Vanderbilt is no closer to building a new football stadium or renovating its current one, and that lack of progress may be self-inflicted.

Multiple sources told The Tennessean university administrators undercut efforts to raise funds for a stadium project to focus on building other campus structures. Athletics fundraisers were prohibited from soliciting certain donors already targeted by university fundraisers. Vanderbilt is amid a $600 million capital project, which includes no athletics facilities.

The National Commodore Club, the primary fundraiser for Vanderbilt athletics, is moving from McGugin Center to the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in the development and alumni relations office, the headquarters for fundraising for non-athletics campus projects.

McGugin Center houses Vanderbilt athletics. Vanderbilt will be the only SEC school with its primary athletics fundraiser office not located in either an athletics department building or a freestanding building in the athletics area of campus. Sources said it illustrates Vanderbilt’s institutional de-emphasis of athletics.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1630 on: August 06, 2018, 11:12:06 am »

Adam Sparks
‏Verified account@AdamSparks

Exclusive: How Vanderbilt administrators undercut fundraising for football stadium. https://tnne.ws/2LXUFtg



losing to them at home still stings.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1631 on: August 13, 2018, 08:47:51 pm »

Adam Sparks
‏Verified account@AdamSparks

Exclusive: How Vanderbilt administrators undercut fundraising for football stadium. https://tnne.ws/2LXUFtg



https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2018/08/13/vanderbilt-football-stadium-sec-network-jordan-rodgers/972516002

Jordan Rodgers and other former Vandy players decry stadium shortcomings.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1632 on: August 15, 2018, 05:58:43 pm »

Adam Sparks
‏Verified account@AdamSparks
 9h9 hours ago

Check out letters to editor over Vandy football stadium:
- Vandy handicaps athletics
- Vandy priorities in the right place
- Vandy is too far behind in SEC
https://tnne.ws/2vIFLxI

Great points/counterpoints from @Tennessean readers on hot-button issue.
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1633 on: August 17, 2018, 06:19:01 am »

Announced Thursday along with plans for Bryant-Denny Stadium, the reimagination of Coleman Coliseum will basically build a new arena inside the cavernous structure that looks like an airplane hangar.

The idea is to bring the seating bowl closer to the playing floor -- long a criticism of the aging facility. It's all part of the 10-year, $600 million fundraising campaign...


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-- How will the capacity change? Athletics director said they think it will end up in the 9,500 to 10,000 range for a net loss in the 4,000 range. "Long term, we think that's a very good number, especially that 10,000 number is a good number for us."

-- When will work begin? Byrne said the best-case scenario is after the 2021-22 season.

-- Will the basketball teams be displaced for a season by the work? Byrne said he isn't totally sure but hopes to do something like Florida did last year with its basketball arena reconstruction. It began immediately after the previous season ended and early-season games for the following season were played on the road to allowed the project to complete.

-- Cost: $115 million, but Byrne said that number is fluid
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1634 on: August 17, 2018, 06:31:33 am »

Details, timeline for Bryant-Denny Stadium renovation


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Specific details and timetables sounded fluid coming out of Alabama's big Thursday announcement of athletics facility upgrades.

The headliner, of course, was the multi-phase renovation of Bryant-Denny Stadium. After several updates that added to the capacity, this one will "most likely" drop capacity below 100,000 seats, athletics director Greg Byrne said.

It's all part of the Crimson Standard campaign with a goal of raising $600 million in 10 years.

A few of the main points of what will be changing at Bryant-Denny Stadium and when:

-- Work on Phase I is planned to begin after the 2019 season. That is expected to cost $78 million, though Byrne said that number is fluid.

-- Phase I will include reshaping the south end zone upper deck completed in 2010. A massive video board will replace a big chunk of the seating in the middle of the upper deck that has 9,683 seats.

Byrne said it was inspired by a trip he took to Lambeau Field to see how the Packers reshaped its stadium. Byrne said it was a better use of the space since the school had trouble getting students to fill in the upper deck portion of its seating allotment.

AL.com sports
‏Verified account@aldotcomSports

Check out the video of "The Crimson Standard" including the renderings for UA's upgraded athletic facilities: https://trib.al/r8Pk294
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Re: SEC Athletics Facilities Race
« Reply #1636 on: September 07, 2018, 02:27:42 pm »

Adam Sparks
‏Verified account@AdamSparks

Survey: What's wrong with Vanderbilt Stadium? (Or is it fine the way it is?)

Take our anonymous 5-question survey, and share it with others to let your voice be heard. http://tnne.ws/2M4EGFy


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What's wrong with Vanderbilt Stadium? We tried to ask Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, but he walked away and yelled, "Anchor down!" So now it's your turn.

Vanderbilt Stadium has not undergone a major renovation since 1981. Some people want a new one. Others want renovations. And some think the stadium is just fine how it is —
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