Athletics Board Approves Renovations

Contact: Carl Nathe

 

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The three capital projects that UK Athletics will continue moving forward with the university and state approval process are: (1) Memorial Coliseum Expansion (construction), which includes a new basketball practice facility, $27.5 million; (2) resealing of the concrete in Commonwealth Stadium, $2.5 million; and (3) new scoreboards in Memorial Coliseum, Hagan Baseball Stadium, and at the Soccer/Softball Complex, $1.5 million. The scoreboards could be included for purchase by UK’s multimedia rights holder when the request for proposal (RFP) currently under consideration is awarded.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky Athletic Association Board of Directors approved renovation projects for the home team locker room at Commonwealth Stadium and for the practice fields adjacent to the Nutter Football Training complex at its meeting Wednesday afternoon. The board also granted UK Athletics the authority to proceed with the university and state approval process for three capital projects, and endorsed the creation of additional K Fund point opportunities for university donors. All of the action items were approved unanimously.

The current home team locker room area at Commonwealth Stadium is separated by a ramp that accesses lower level seating, preventing the entire UK football squad from gathering in one space at the same time. UK Athletics has received a private gift commitment of $472,000 toward the total estimated cost of $650,000 for the project, with the remaining funds to be provided from the Athletics Quasi-Endowment Fund.

The existing football practice fields contain a significant grade change that also creates drainage challenges. The $2.25 million dollar reconstruction will include reorienting the fields, reengineering the subsurface, improving drainage, and installing a state-of-the-art synthetic in-fill surface. UK Athletics is currently working on private gift commitments of $1.5 million toward the project with the balance of the funding ($750,000) coming from the Quasi-Endowment Fund.

“It is vitally important to note that absolutely no state tax dollars or university general funds are utilized for these and other facility improvements for UK Athletics,” said Athletic Association board member William Sturgill of Lexington. 

Sturgill added, “I want to commend UK Athletics for its 10-year commitment in contributing $1 million annually to the general university fund to help finance academic scholarships and the like.”

The three capital projects that UK Athletics will continue moving forward with the university and state approval process are: (1) Memorial Coliseum Expansion (construction), which includes a new basketball practice facility, $27.5 million; (2) resealing of the concrete in Commonwealth Stadium, $2.5 million; and (3) new scoreboards in Memorial Coliseum, Hagan Baseball Stadium, and at the Soccer/Softball Complex, $1.5 million. The scoreboards could be included for purchase by UK’s multimedia rights holder when the request for proposal (RFP) currently under consideration is awarded.

The additional K Fund point opportunities are designed to create more opportunities to award donors and season ticket holders. As a result of today’s action, UK Fellows points will reward individuals for giving to the university in areas other than athletics. Referred money points will reward individuals who encourage others to become new donors to athletics. Suite points will reward the loyalty of the suite holders the same as season ticket holders.

In other business, UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced that S.T. Roach has been named the first-ever emeritus member of the UK Athletics board. Roach, a legendary former high school basketball coach who has served on the board for more than 30 years, will be a non-voting member.


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