Facility Friday: URI Basketball, Va. Tech Weight Room and More

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The University of Rhode Island announced that it had received a $3 million gift to support the improvement of the school’s men’s and women’s basketball training facilities. The gift is the largest piece of the $8 million plan, which will see URI’s West Gymnasium transform into a practice facility that will provide student-athletes with a dedicated practice facility. Currently, the programs practice at the Thomas M. Ryan Center, and have to coordinate practice times with a schedule of concerts and community events. The new facility will provide student-athletes with 24-hour access. — Today.URI.edu

Virginia Tech revealed improvements to its football strength and conditioning facilities. The $4.5 million upgrade nearly doubles the functional workout space to 12,300 square feet. The facility features a custom-designed 24-rack weight training system and a built-in synthetic turf surface for agility training. In addition, a folding glass door allows direct access to the outdoor training area and practice fields. — HokieSports.com

The University of Alabama announced it had secured a $500,000 commitment from donors to help fund the construction of a new tennis facility located near the Student Recreation Center. The facility will serve the school’s wheelchair tennis and University Recreation programs. The 5,400-square-foot Parker-Haun Tennis Facility will be the only facility in the country focused on serving adapted student-athletes, and will include locker rooms, a trainer’s room, restrooms, water stations and offices for coaching staff as well as amenities for University Recreation student and non-student members that include member services and secured access to the UREC tennis courts. — News.UA.edu

Sacred Heart University is scheduled to hold a groundbreaking Monday for its 22,158-square-foot, 3,600-seat ice hockey arena. The $70 million project, developed via a collaboration between JLG Architects and The SLAM Collaborative, will feature the latest technology in ice facility management, strength and conditioning training suites, a rapid shot puck room with synthetic ice, team locker rooms, player lounges, a pro shop, concession stands and more. The arena is scheduled to be operational by January 2023.

Sacred Heart Hockey Arena [Rendering courtesy of JLG Architects and SLAM Collaborative]Sacred Heart Hockey Arena [Rendering courtesy of JLG Architects and SLAM Collaborative]

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