Nebraska Revises Facility Plans Amid Pandemic

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The University of Nebraska is reportedly revising plans for its $155 million football training facility due to the COVID-19 pandemic and knock-on budget impacts.

Instead of tackling the project all at once, the Lincoln Journal Star reports that the project will be completed in phases. 

The Board of Regents is set to hear a proposal next month that calls for a two-phased approach, where Phase 1 will "complete the new building with shelled space at the base of a new North Stadium tower." Phase 2 "will build out the Academic Center and Training Table in the new building and complete limited renovations in Hawks Championship Center." 

The new building at the base of the North Stadium will be the focal point of the new facility. It will include a football team locker room, a weight room, and academic and life skill support spaces. 

Only the base of the North Stadium will be renovated under the new proposal, and it will not include a renovation to the Osborne Athletic Complex. 

Amendments call for a 10 percent reduction in space for Phase 1 of the project. The Journal Star reports that Phase 2 space will include work to be done in the existing North Stadium and Hawks Championship Center.

Design is to continue on as planned, and construction for Phase 1 is set to begin in April, according to the proposal. The team would be able to occupy the new building by August 2023, about a year later than the timeline called for in the original plan.

The Journal Star reports that the overall price tag will remain at $155 million.

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