Facility Friday: Reser Stadium Renovation, Illini Track, UConn Ice Arena

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The Reser Stadium renovation approved by the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will cost more than $324.5 million over the 50-year lifespan of the renovation, according to the university. The $153 million initial construction cost of the renovation publicized by the university, which includes a new student welcome center, a conference space and medical facility, is only part of the total cost, of course. There will also be more than $60 million in interest payments, $51 million for a midlife renewal and $60.3 million in added operating costs over 50 years, based on university estimates provided to Mid-Valley Media. Corvallis Gazette-Times

The home of the Fighting Illini track and field team was officially dedicated as the Gary R. Wieneke Track this morning at Demirjian Park. Joining Coach Wieneke and his wife, Peggy in the celebration were a large group of extended family, former athletes, current student athletes and DIA staff. The dedication featured comments from University Chancellor Robert Jones, Director of Athletics Josh Whitman and Coach Mike Turk joined by current Illini Olivia Howell and Jonathan Wells to honor the legendary coach. Following the speaker session, a 'Victory Lap' took place on the track, led by Wieneke and his family. Today also served as an open house for invited guests to tour the newly-renovated Demirjian Park facility. FightingIllni.com

The University of Connecticut broke ground on a new 2,600-seat ice hockey rink for its men’s and women’s ice hockey teams Saturday at the Storrs campus. The project is set to include a 97,300 square foot hockey rink as well as improvements to a nearby parking lot. Outside of the ice and seating areas, the rink will include a number of amenities, according to a team release from April 30. This includes two locker rooms — one for each home and away team — a training space, coaches offices, press box, dining area and large scoreboard display above the ice. Hartford Courant

This week, Liberty University announced plans to build the Liberty Multipurpose Center, a new multiuse indoor facility that will benefit the university’s NCAA, club and intramural sports programs. Liberty recently submitted construction plans to the City of Lynchburg for the 75,000-square-foot facility that will open during the summer of 2022. The facility will be constructed directly behind the recently opened Liberty Indoor Tennis Center. Liberty University
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