LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved spending $2.5 million to design a new basketball facility to be built adjacent to Memorial Coliseum on Euclid Avenue.
The board also authorized the UK executive vice president for Finance and Administration to contract for the design and construction of a multi-purpose addition to the Nutter Field House near Commonwealth Stadium.
The new facility to be constructed behind Memorial Coliseum will contain 93,000 square feet of space, including two practice basketball courts and new offices for coaches. It will cost an estimated $25.5 million.
UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. pointed out the athletics facilities will be built from private donations and will enhance the university’s ability to attract top student-athletes as well as support the university’s basketball programs. The president also noted that the new basketball facility is part of the UK master development plan recently approved by the Board of Trustees.
Board member Frank Shoop said he is glad UK is building a practice facility while keeping its commitment with Lexington to play its home games in Rupp Arena “and not talking about a full-blown arena.”
In other action, the board approved the establishment of a Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre Practice degree program in the College of Fine Arts. The program is designed to prepare students to pursue either academic or professional careers through a combination of practice/applied and theoretical studies.
Barbara Lewis, director of the UK Theatre Department, said the new doctoral program can be started with the addition of one new faculty member for which the department already has a faculty line.
Lewis noted that, “The impact of theatre on our world is much larger than we understand and we must begin, as a discipline, to follow the route of theatre and its impact on the everyday life.”
Another reason for the doctorate program, Lewis said, is the relationship of theatre to community. “Theatre is about communication and about building connections and cooperation between people which helps create a sense of community – people working together to achieve the same end, the same result.”
Lewis said the new program will also enhance the Theatre Department’s ties with other departments, including art history, architecture, classics, English, Spanish, history and philosophy.