The Arizona Wildcats are finally getting an indoor practice facility.
The Arizona Board of Regents approved four athletics department facility projects Thursday, including the construction of the Indoor Sports Center, and improvements to Arizona Stadium, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, and Hillenbrand Softball Stadium.
The budget for the renovations is roughly $66 million, “funded through a combination of private donations and the newly implemented student fee,” per the UA’s release.
McKale Center will also get a $1.5 million renovation in the form of upgraded locker rooms.
"We want to be aggressive as we approach facilities and these four projects will address some major needs, while improving the experience of virtually all of our student-athletes,” UA athletic director Dave Heeke said.
“We'll now turn to the design phase. While we have a number of ideas currently under review, we've yet to determine exactly what items will and will not be included in these projects. We'll work to generate these plans in the coming months as we seek approval from ABOR in November as part of the Capital Development Plan."
Here’s what you need to know about the projects (all info directly from the release):
Indoor Sports Center
- The Indoor Sports Center will be a multipurpose facility for each of Arizona's programs to utilize, while also serving as a gameday hospitality area.
- While the final site has not been determined, the center is expected to be located in the corridor between 6th St. and Enke Dr.
- With a project budget of $18 million, the center is expected to contain a 90-yard field and will have a ceiling height of 65 feet.
- Construction is scheduled to commence in May 2018 with completion estimated for October of the same year.
- The initial renovation project for Arizona Stadium is expected to consist of two phases with a projected cost of $25 million.
- The first phase will focus on the east side ground level and student section. Construction is set to begin in January 2018 and be completed by the start of the 2018 football season.
- The second phase will provide renovations to the club areas in the stadium and additional concessions and restroom upgrades.
- Construction is expected to commence in January 2019 and be completed in time for the 2019 football season.
Hillenbrand Aquatic Center
- The Hillenbrand Aquatic Center will see $15 million worth of renovations to rebuild the 50-meter pool and repair a vastly deteriorated pump and plumbing infrastructure.
- Construction at the pool is tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2018 and be completed by January 2019.
Hillenbrand Softball Stadium
- Will see a complete renovation that is expected to include a number of amenities for both the team and fans.
- Priced at $8 million, construction is scheduled for June 2018 with completion in time for the 2019 softball season.