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Facility Friday: UCF Lazy River, Evansville Baseball, Dayton Basketball and More

Jason Scott

The University of Central Florida broke ground Saturday on McNamara Cove, the game-day hospitality venue that will feature two recreational volleyball courts, cabanas, a food and beverage pagoda, and perhaps most notably, a 600-foot lazy river. The facility, which will be the home of what the school has dubbed “Covegating,” will debut in time for the 2020 football season. —

The University of Evansville held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for its German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. The renovation of the Purple Aces baseball stadium will feature amenities such as a new Astroturf playing field, padded walls, renovated dugouts and bullpens and a new LED scoreboard. — 

Appalachian State University approved an additional $5 million in funding to help build its North End Zone facility at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The boost moves the total budget for the project to $50 million. The North End Zone project will feature an 88,000-square-foot facility with amenities such as athletic training, hydrotherapy, locker rooms, nutrition areas and academic space, as well as coaches offices and about 1,000 premium seats. — Watauga Democrat

The University of Dayton announced a rededication celebration for its Arena Transformation Project would be held when the men’s basketball team opens its season this week. The three-year, $76.2 million upgrade to Dayton Arena includes amenities for both players and fans, including renovated locker and training rooms, new entrances, new club seating, upgraded restrooms, a concourse renovation and much more. — 

The University of Texas’ Board of Regents this week considered how to move forward with a new basketball facility to replace Cooley Pavilion. The proposed 64,000-square-foot facility would likely be located on UT’s main campus, and be built at no cost to the school through a public-private partnership. —  

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