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Facility Friday: Illinois Baseball Facility, TD Garden Upgrades

Jason Scott

The University of Illinois announced plans to break ground on a new baseball training facility, thanks to a lead gift of $3 million from donor family Susan and Clint Atkins. The facility, which will be named after the Atkinses, will be about 26,000 square feet and include a large training space and recruiting lounge. It will connect to the current clubhouse and locker rooms, and should be completed by 2021. — FightingIllini.com

Baseball and track and field facilities at the University of Arkansas are set for construction after the school’s board of trustees approved the projects. Board members approved a Track and Field High Performance Center, a renovation and expansion of the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center, and a Baseball Performance Center at Baum Stadium. — KATV.com

TD Garden in Boston, home to the city’s NBA and NHL franchises, is set for a $100 million renovation and expansion over the next two years. Plans call for a combined 50,000 square feet of new space, including a new party deck section, expanded concourses, club seating, new team locker rooms and more. — Boston Globe

McNeese State University is set to debut its brand new home for basketball tonight when the Cowboys take on Loyola University New Orleans tonight at the Health and Human Performance Education Complex. With seating for 4,200, the $40 million complex will also play host to the school’s volleyball program. — McNeese.edu

South Dakota State University moved their men’s and women’s basketball teams into a new practice facility this week. The $12 million, 26,000-square-foot addition to Frost Arena means the basketball teams no longer have to schedule around each other or share space with the volleyball program. Each hoops team now has its own identical floor. Additional upgrades to Frost Arena are planned, but those aren’t expected to be completed until 2021. — Argus Leader

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