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Tennessee announced on Saturday major renovations are coming on locker rooms for the Vols and Lady Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The $5 million project will begin in May and is funded entirely by private gifts. Lead donor Larry Pratt's $2 million commitment enabled the university to go forward.
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Both men's and women's locker rooms will be enlarged and modernized with "state-of-the-art technological and aesthetic enhancements," UT said. Athletic training facilities will also be expanded and enhanced.
"I can't say enough about how much of a difference this project is going to make in terms of providing a large, modern and functional home-away-from-home for our current Lady Vols and Vols," UT women's coach Holly Warlick said in a school release. "Believe me, that speaks volumes to recruits and their families." Athletic director Dave Hart said in the release that the locker rooms had become, "very antiquated. This project will move us in line with those we compete against and is consistent with our mission as a student-athlete centered athletics program."
Men's coach Rick Barnes acknowledged lead donor Pratt, who earlier had made possible the construction of Pratt Pavilion, the practice facility.
"I'm grateful to Larry Pratt and all our donors, our administration and our fans," Barnes said in the release, "because they're all instrumental in making enhancement projects like this possible. When these renovations are complete, there's no question our basketball facilities will be as good as any school in the country."
Architects for the renovations are from Studio Four Design, and the general contractor is Johnson & Galyon Construction.
Thompson-Boling Arena opened in the fall of 1987.
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