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Facility Friday: Minnesota United's Allianz Field, Arizona Upgrades

Jason Scott

Minnesota United officially announced that construction on Allianz Field is complete and is ready to host the club for their first home game of the MLS season April 13. The $250 million, 19,400-seat venue was designed by Populous and features a complete seating bowl, providing an intimate atmosphere, and an translucent exterior skin allowing the stadium to glow. —

The University of Arizona opened the $16.5 million Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center on Sunday. The facility has an indoor synthetic turf field, support space for a weight room, training room and video, and bay door access to two practice fields. —

The University of Toledo unveiled a new hydrotherapy center inside the school’s Larimer Athletic Complex. The Hotmer Family Hydrotherapy Center features two in-ground therapy pools, one that can be used as either a hot or cold pool, and the other strictly a cold pool. It also features a Hydroworx 350 Underwater Treadmill for use in recovery. —

Arizona State University unveiled a new outdoor field dubbed the Bro and Blegan Agility Field on Monday. The 53-yard wide, 35-yard long outdoor field will be used primarily by the football team for walkthroughs and agility training throughout the year. The facility is the latest in a series of upgrades for the Sun Devils over the past two years, following the creation of the Student-Athlete Facility and a renovation to Sun Devil Stadium. —

Columbia University opened a new on-campus golf training center this week. The newly renovated 3,000-square-foot facility, located in the Dodge Fitness Center, provides a year-round space for student-athletes to practice everything from full swings to short game. The state-of-the-art facility features a wide array of the latest technology, including two Foresight GC Quads, Foresight GC2 HMT, V1 Software, BodiTrak, a Perfection Putting Platform, PuttView, Blast Motion and more. —

The University of Kentucky baseball team played its first game in Kentucky Proud Park this week. The $49 million facility has permanent seating for 2,500, but can accommodate as many as 7,000 with additional space and temporary seating. Suites and a club area are available to fans, along with a 48-by-30-foot video board. Student-athletes have access to a team lounge, training area, indoor space for hitting and pitching, a locker room and a recruiting room. — Forbes

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