Facility Friday: $1.1M McNeese Football Locker Room, Iowa State Athletics Tennis Facility, Auburn Baseball Park Renovation

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Mc Neese Football Locker Room Rendering2
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McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., is in the process of constructing a new state-of-the-art, $1.1 million football locker room that will be completed in early July in the Jack Doland Fieldhouse.

The locker room will include 116 custom hybrid lockers, similar to what is housed in the Los Angeles Rams' locker room. The lockers are made from a gray nano technology laminate which is self-healing and scratch resistant on the sides, doors and footlocker face with upper and lower compartments. Mc Neese Football Locker Room RenderingCourtesy of McNeese State University Athletics

Each locker will include stainless steel pull-out, tilt-down should pad and knee brace gear rack and tray with a fan drying system integrated to circulate air in pad compartment, forcing the air into the pads. The lockers will also include a helmet fan drying system, electrical outlets with two USB charging ports, LED lights, lift-up head rest with fold down back rest system, footlocker box with digi lock capabilities.

In addition to the new lockers, the locker room received a new paint job and installation of a new sport traffic carpet. Also, the bathroom and shower area will receive a new overlay epoxy floor and ceiling repairs and paint. — McNeese State University Athletics

The Iowa State athletic department unveiled plans in mid-June to build a new indoor and outdoor tennis complex.

The plans detail an entirely new complex for the tennis team to reside in. The news came after a successful season in which the Cyclones marched to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first for the program.

The Iowa State Research Park and the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center will be assisting the Cyclones in their transition. A four-court indoor tennis facility will be purchased by the Iowa State Research Park and expanded to six courts in order to provide adequate space for collegiate singles play action.

Six new outdoor courts will also be built on the same property. The Cyclones previously used the Ames High School tennis courts as their home courts, as they hosted the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament there.

A new team building will be set up for Cyclones, including a team room, locker room and training room. Currently, the Cyclones are using the Bruce McKee Indoor Tennis Complex.

Once the facility is finished, it will be leased to the athletic department, pending approval from the Iowa Board of Regents in September.

The outdoor courts are set to be completed in fall 2023, and the indoor courts and team building are set to be done by fall 2024. — The Iowa State Daily

Auburn University has finalized plans for the previously approved $30 million Plainsman Park renovation project expected to begin this summer. 

Scheduled to start in July and be fully completed prior to the 2025 season, the project will be spearheaded by CDFL Architects + Engineers out of Jackson, Mississippi.

"The scope of these enhancements will touch all areas and help make the gameday experience uniquely Auburn," Auburn athletics director John Cohen said. 

The renovations are highlighted by the additions of three new premium experiences — the Hall of Fame Club, First Base Club, and Home Plate Club — as well as a unique general admission space atop the War Eagle Wall in left field.

The project will also enhance the popular student experience in right center field through the addition of new elevated and tiered standing room spaces, while also further expanding in-stadium concourse spaces to provide expanded standing room and fan capacity.,

New and improved team spaces such as the Tim Hudson Locker Room, bullpen, weight room, team meeting room, and coaches' offices will help provide a premier student-athlete experience. 

A new three-story structure that will complement Plainsman Park's classic ballpark architecture, the expanded Plainsman Patio and First Base Club will provide a variety of new fan experience offerings, including indoor and outdoor viewing areas, new concession offerings, expanded restrooms, and more. The space will be completed for the 2025 season. 

As Auburn University students continue to pack Plainsman Park, the first phase of renovations prior to the 2024 season will provide an enhancement to the current standing room area beyond the right-center field fence. This portion of the project will provide a multi-tiered, elevated platform to bring students closer to the action while providing expanded standing room capacity.  — Auburn University Athletics

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