Facility Friday: Rays Stadium Renderings, Audi Field

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The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled renderings of a proposed stadium in Ybor City, Fla. At an estimated cost of $892 million (including the ballpark and related infrastructure), plans call for seating for 28,216, and a unique translucent roof. Kansas City-based firm Populous provided designs for the facility. — Tampa Bay Times

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday to celebrate the opening of Audi Field, the new home of MLS club D.C. United. The soccer-specific venue has a seating capacity of 20,000, and becomes the league’s 19th sport-specific venue. The club begins play in the new stadium on Saturday, when the United welcome Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Washington Post

The University of Colorado Denver celebrated the opening of it’s new Lola and Bob Salazar Student Wellness Center on Wednesday. The 85,000-square-foot facility offers students space to lounge, study and exercise. Notable features include a three-court gymnasium, a six-lane pool, group fitness studios, weight and cardio training space and a 38-foot climbing wall. The school showed off the space in a video tour. — ucdenver.edu

Northwest Florida State College broke ground this week on an indoor practice facility to host the school’s baseball and softball programs. The 10,000-square-foot space will feature five all-purpose tunnels with safety netting, artificial turf and LED lighting. — Northwest Florida Daily News

The new football operations facility at the University of South Carolina is still under construction, but it already has a name. The $50 million project will be dubbed the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center, the school announced in a video. When complete, the facility will feature recreation space for video games and basketball, a barber shop, a movie room and a two-story weight room with direct access to the practice fields. — The State

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