Facility Friday: Utah Football Stadium, VCU Baseball and More | Athletic Business

Facility Friday: Utah Football Stadium, VCU Baseball and More

The University of Utah broke ground Saturday on an expansion to Rice-Eccles Stadium which will add the new Ken Garff Performance Zone. The facility will include new locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and football operations space for the football program, in addition to new seating options at the stadium. Populous and VCBO Architecture partnered on the facility design. The project is expected to be completed prior to the 2021 football season. — AtTheU.Utah.edu

The University of Texas held a groundbreaking this week for the Moody Center, the new home of Longhorn men’s and women’s basketball. The $338 million project will replace the Frank Erwin Center, and will feature 10,000 seats for basketball games with the ability to expand to 15,000 seats for events such as concerts. The facility is expected to open in 2022. — TexasSports.com 

Virginia Commonwealth University opened a new indoor baseball practice facility with a ceremonial first pitch this week. The $1.9 million facility includes pitching and hitting areas, a rehabilitation facility and a new state-of-the-art locker room. The facility will play host to the 2020 Atlantic 10 baseball tournament in Spring. — WTVR.com

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $1.5 million renovation to UTRGV Fieldhouse. The project features new team locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, visiting team locker rooms, an athletic training room, an equipment room, a media room, and a redesigned court. New baskets, scoreboards and scorer’s tables were also included. — GoUTRGV.com

Life Time Fitness announced the grand opening of a massive new facility in Edina, Minn. The 204,000-square-foot club features three stories of athletic space, including indoor basketball courts, swimming pools, a dedicated LT Recovery and physical therapy space, and a branded cafe and spa. A separate building next door features a coworking space and indoor soccer fields. — Press Release

Louisiana Tech recently unveiled plans for rebuilding its baseball, softball and soccer facilities in the wake of the April tornado that destroyed them. New renderings by TBA Studios reveal new complexes with indoor practice space. The soccer facility is slated for fall 2020 completion, while the baseball/softball facilities are scheduled for completion in spring of 2021. — LaTechSports.com

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