Facility Friday: Iona Athletic Center, Ball State Practice Facility and More

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Iona College announced that it would renovate the Hynes Athletics Center, home to the school’s basketball and volleyball programs. Plans call for seating to be installed on all four sides of the court, new LED scoreboards, lighting and sound system improvements and a new playing surface. The $6 million project is expected to be complete before the 2019-20 basketball season. — Iona.edu

Washington State this week released initial drawings for a future baseball facility, which will be located within the same footprint as the current Bialey-Brayton Field. The state-of-the-art facility will feature a locker room, a strength and conditioning area, nutrition space, a team meeting room and coaches offices. — cougarathleticfund.com  

Robert Morris University unveiled its new UPMC Events Center last week. The facility offers a 4,000-seat arena for basketball and volleyball, improved strength and conditioning facilities, locker rooms and a practice court. In addition, the venue will host other events including conventions, concerts, graduations and speakers. — RMU.edu

Rice University approved plans for a multipurpose air-supported facility that will serve athletics, recreation and campus and community events. The 80,000-square-foot project will include an Astroturf playing surface and provide a climate-controlled space for athletics adjacent to Rice Stadium. It is expected to be complete by September 1. — RiceOwls.com

Ball State University’s board of trustees this week approved plans for a $15 million privately-funded indoor practice facility. The 84,000-square-foot facility will serve the school’s football, soccer, baseball and softball programs. Plans call for a synthetic turf surface and a regulation-sized competition field, with a ceiling height of 65 feet. Retractable netting, batting cages and storage will provide each program with the necessary amenities for practices. The school is targeting summer 2021 for opening. — ballstatesports.com

The University of Notre Dame this week dedicated the newly renovated Rolfs Athletic Hall, the practice facility for the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The 77,000-square-foot facility features team rooms, locker rooms, and video review rooms for both programs. The lower level offers nutrition space, a sports medicine facility with two hydrotherapy tubs (one hot, one cold), a strength and conditioning center and separate practice gyms, while the upper level has a shared reception area, coaches offices, and kitchen space. — news.nd.edu

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