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UA Takes Next Step Toward New Arena; Board Vote Set For Friday​

The UA System Board of Trustees is set to give final approval to a new basketball and gymnastic arena, along with other improvements Friday​

By Ryan Phillips, Patch Staff
Feb 3, 2022 6:29 pm CST
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UA Takes Next Step Toward New Arena; Board Vote Set For Friday


TUSCALOOSA, AL — The University of Alabama is one step closer to a new competition arena for basketball and gymnastics, along with a new practice facility for its golf programs.

The UA Athletic Department said on Thursday that the UA System Board's Physical Properties Committee recommended Stage I approval for the project and plans are now pending Stage I approval from the Board of Trustees on Friday.

The new facilities, if given final approval, will be made possible by a 10-year, $600 million capital initiative for athletics, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for all Crimson Tide fans.


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The facade of the proposed basketball and gymnastics arena (Rendering courtesy of UA Atheltics)

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A rendering of the proposed arena with a basketball layout (Crimson Tide Athletics)

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A rendering of the proposed arena with a basketball layout (Crimson Tide Athletics)

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The layout in the proposed arena for gymnastics (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

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A cross section of the proposed arena (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

The new basketball and gymnastics arena is projected to seat over 10,000 people in a more intimate environment than Coleman Coliseum, with the fans closer to the action than ever before. Proposed features for the new venue include student seating around the majority of the lower bowl, in addition to new premium options in its range of seating.

UA then said Coleman Coliseum will continue to serve as the day-to-day practice and preparation site for the programs, in addition to still housing the multiple departments currently located within the venue.

As for the proposed golf practice facility, it would feature a new nine-hole golf course, driving range, short game practice area and a 18,000-square-foot golf house. The golf house would include a Hall of Fame lobby, golf heritage display and mirrored wings with dedicated space for both golf teams, housing coaches' offices, bag storage and club fitting rooms, a team lounge and locker room, stretch room, putting studio and three indoor hitting bays.

The practice range would also feature multiple regulation greens north of the club house, while the short game practice area would be located west of the club house. The course would offer multiple routing options for on-course practice.

The first phase of the Crimson Standard initiative, which was completed prior to the 2020-21 season, included several enhancements to Bryant-Denny Stadium, in addition to the renovation and expansion of multiple seating areas, a relocated press box, improvements to all team areas and renovated recruiting areas.

To date, UA says over $470 million has been raised for The $600 million Crimson Standard Initiative.
 
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Alabama officials propose $183M basketball arena

Alabama officials propose $183M basketball arena


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama trustees are considering a proposal to build a $183 million basketball arena.

Details of the proposed 10,136-seat arena were presented to the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees on Thursday. It's pending approval in the board's meeting Friday.

The arena would replace 54-year-old Coleman Coliseum, but no timetable for completion was presented. The proposal gave a scheduled bid date for April 2023.


It would have 60% of the seats in the lower bowl, with student seating stretching around most of it and house men's and women's basketball and gymnastics.

"Our fan support and student section has been incredible, and we are excited about the possibility of bringing them even closer to the action," Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats said in a statement. "I’ve said multiple times how having that support really makes a huge difference in the home-court advantage, and this would certainly make for an outstanding game-day atmosphere for our team and our fans."

The proposal indicated that extensive renovations for Coleman Coliseum would have cost some $150 million.

Athletic officials toured eight new or recently renovated Division I and professional arenas. Four possible locations were offered.

Alabama started a $600 million fund-raising campaign in 2018 and said more than $470 million has been raised. Bryant-Denny Stadium has already undergone renovations.

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It's crazy how the football money is helping the SEC basketball programs.

That facility looks awesome
 
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It's crazy how the football money is helping the SEC basketball programs.

That facility looks awesome

It's a lot more than just "football money". It's a comprehensive fund raising effort. You can read the rest below. Part of the improvement of SEC basketball came from the league office pushing the schools to schedule tougher OOC games and hire better coaches.


Alabama Athletics has a legendary reputation for excellence and championship programs. In order to maintain and build upon this reputation and to ensure the Crimson Tide remains at the forefront of collegiate athletics, Alabama Athletics is embarking on a ten-year, $600 million initiative.

The Crimson Standard: A Capital Initiative for Alabama Athletics will transform our facilities and provide the environment necessary to recruit and train the best student-athletes and position our programs as nationally competitive in the future.

Nearly every facility within the Athletics Department will be enhanced and some will be completely renovated and modernized. Three highlights of The Crimson Standard will be Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility, and a new competition arena.

In addition to significant capital improvements, emphasis will be placed on the Crimson Tide Scholarship Fund (the annual scholarship fund) and scholarship endowment. Securing scholarship support will be vital to the financial health of Alabama Athletics.

All projects are subject to approval of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees, presidential approval and fundraising success.

In the 1920s, University of Alabama President George Denny felt strongly that a nationally recognized football program would pay immeasurable dividends in elevating the image and prestige of the University of Alabama. Rose Bowl trips after the 1925 and 1926 seasons generated the type of response Denny yearned for; and it added money to the Athletics Department coffers as well. With payoffs from the bowls, plans were made to build an on-campus stadium. In 1929, Denny Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility with 12,000 seats, opened on the Tuscaloosa campus.

As the years passed by and as success in football added more and more gridiron legends to the Crimson Tide lore, the demands for a larger football stadium became understandable. Building upon the 12,000-seat structure, Bryant-Denny Stadium today has a capacity of 101,821. Through those ensuing decades of excellence, the overall Athletics Department grew from supporting four men's sports teams into a multi-faceted one sustaining 21 squads in both men's and women's sports.

During Chancellor Robert Witt's tenure as president, he embraced the Denny vision, supporting the Athletics Department with the keen understanding that a powerful program only enhances the overall goal of making the University foremost in education with the finest academic and student facilities possible.

"The commitment to improving all athletics facilities is a never-ending process,” said former Athletics Director Mal Moore, who spearheaded the task of providing student-athletes with the best possible venues in which to compete, in the nation's most difficult conference.

Prior to 2002, the Athletics Department had never raised funds through donors to maintain and build new facilities or to endow scholarships. That changed with the implementation of the Crimson Tradition Fund, a capital campaign. Three years later, in 2005, the Crimson Tide Foundation was established to help ensure that the University maintains the level excellence expected by its supporters for years to come. Its purpose is to promote and encourage a continuing interest in, and loyalty to, the intercollegiate athletic programs at the University of Alabama; to support the staff of the University's Department of Athletics in their efforts to coordinate, develop, maintain and improve a superior intercollegiate athletics program at the University.

As the Athletics Department at the University of Alabama is self-sustaining, all gifts contribute directly to the needs of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Therefore, the Crimson Tide Foundation provides a venue through which loyal alumni, fans and friends can give financial support to the Athletics Department. Private support enables UA Athletics to increase its standing, in both athletics and academics, over competing universities beyond what can be accomplished with annual revenue from ticket sales, media rights and other licensing programs.
 
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It's a lot more than just "football money". It's a comprehensive fund raising effort. You can read the rest below. Part of the improvement of SEC basketball came from the league office pushing the schools to schedule tougher OOC games and hire better coaches.


Alabama Athletics has a legendary reputation for excellence and championship programs. In order to maintain and build upon this reputation and to ensure the Crimson Tide remains at the forefront of collegiate athletics, Alabama Athletics is embarking on a ten-year, $600 million initiative.

The Crimson Standard: A Capital Initiative for Alabama Athletics will transform our facilities and provide the environment necessary to recruit and train the best student-athletes and position our programs as nationally competitive in the future.

Nearly every facility within the Athletics Department will be enhanced and some will be completely renovated and modernized. Three highlights of The Crimson Standard will be Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility, and a new competition arena.

In addition to significant capital improvements, emphasis will be placed on the Crimson Tide Scholarship Fund (the annual scholarship fund) and scholarship endowment. Securing scholarship support will be vital to the financial health of Alabama Athletics.

All projects are subject to approval of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees, presidential approval and fundraising success.

In the 1920s, University of Alabama President George Denny felt strongly that a nationally recognized football program would pay immeasurable dividends in elevating the image and prestige of the University of Alabama. Rose Bowl trips after the 1925 and 1926 seasons generated the type of response Denny yearned for; and it added money to the Athletics Department coffers as well. With payoffs from the bowls, plans were made to build an on-campus stadium. In 1929, Denny Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility with 12,000 seats, opened on the Tuscaloosa campus.

As the years passed by and as success in football added more and more gridiron legends to the Crimson Tide lore, the demands for a larger football stadium became understandable. Building upon the 12,000-seat structure, Bryant-Denny Stadium today has a capacity of 101,821. Through those ensuing decades of excellence, the overall Athletics Department grew from supporting four men's sports teams into a multi-faceted one sustaining 21 squads in both men's and women's sports.

During Chancellor Robert Witt's tenure as president, he embraced the Denny vision, supporting the Athletics Department with the keen understanding that a powerful program only enhances the overall goal of making the University foremost in education with the finest academic and student facilities possible.

"The commitment to improving all athletics facilities is a never-ending process,” said former Athletics Director Mal Moore, who spearheaded the task of providing student-athletes with the best possible venues in which to compete, in the nation's most difficult conference.

Prior to 2002, the Athletics Department had never raised funds through donors to maintain and build new facilities or to endow scholarships. That changed with the implementation of the Crimson Tradition Fund, a capital campaign. Three years later, in 2005, the Crimson Tide Foundation was established to help ensure that the University maintains the level excellence expected by its supporters for years to come. Its purpose is to promote and encourage a continuing interest in, and loyalty to, the intercollegiate athletic programs at the University of Alabama; to support the staff of the University's Department of Athletics in their efforts to coordinate, develop, maintain and improve a superior intercollegiate athletics program at the University.

As the Athletics Department at the University of Alabama is self-sustaining, all gifts contribute directly to the needs of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Therefore, the Crimson Tide Foundation provides a venue through which loyal alumni, fans and friends can give financial support to the Athletics Department. Private support enables UA Athletics to increase its standing, in both athletics and academics, over competing universities beyond what can be accomplished with annual revenue from ticket sales, media rights and other licensing programs.


It's football money.
 

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You got us. Yeah we're selling footballs on the side.


I did. Busted.

But seriously, it's football driven. If the SEC wasn't killing it in football, your commish wouldnt care or wouldn't even be talking basketball at all. He would be talking and pushing football.
 

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I did. Busted.

But seriously, it's football driven. If the SEC wasn't killing it in football, your commish wouldnt care or wouldn't even be talking basketball at all. He would be talking and pushing football.
Yeah well it started some years back when he took the job. SEC basketball was quite terrible at the time compared with other conferences. Even teams with good W/L records were being left out of the tournament. Sankey isn't even a football guy. He played baseball in college and coached golf at some point. I read somewhere that he even played in an adult rec hockey league. I believe that the SEC has won national championships in every sport in the past 15 years or so except soccer and volleyball. So no, it's not all about football in the SEC.



 
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Yeah well it started some years back when he took the job. SEC basketball was quite terrible at the time compared with other conferences. Even teams with good W/L records were being left out of the tournament. Sankey isn't even a football guy. He played baseball in college and coached golf at some point. I read somewhere that he even played in an adult rec hockey league. I believe that the SEC has won national championships in every sport in the past 15 years or so except soccer and volleyball. So no, it's not all about football in the SEC.





It's football bro.
 

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UA Takes Next Step Toward New Arena; Board Vote Set For Friday​

The UA System Board of Trustees is set to give final approval to a new basketball and gymnastic arena, along with other improvements Friday​

By Ryan Phillips, Patch Staff
Feb 3, 2022 6:29 pm CST
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UA Takes Next Step Toward New Arena; Board Vote Set For Friday


TUSCALOOSA, AL — The University of Alabama is one step closer to a new competition arena for basketball and gymnastics, along with a new practice facility for its golf programs.

The UA Athletic Department said on Thursday that the UA System Board's Physical Properties Committee recommended Stage I approval for the project and plans are now pending Stage I approval from the Board of Trustees on Friday.

The new facilities, if given final approval, will be made possible by a 10-year, $600 million capital initiative for athletics, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for all Crimson Tide fans.


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The facade of the proposed basketball and gymnastics arena (Rendering courtesy of UA Atheltics)

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A rendering of the proposed arena with a basketball layout (Crimson Tide Athletics)

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A rendering of the proposed arena with a basketball layout (Crimson Tide Athletics)

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The layout in the proposed arena for gymnastics (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

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A cross section of the proposed arena (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

The new basketball and gymnastics arena is projected to seat over 10,000 people in a more intimate environment than Coleman Coliseum, with the fans closer to the action than ever before. Proposed features for the new venue include student seating around the majority of the lower bowl, in addition to new premium options in its range of seating.

UA then said Coleman Coliseum will continue to serve as the day-to-day practice and preparation site for the programs, in addition to still housing the multiple departments currently located within the venue.

As for the proposed golf practice facility, it would feature a new nine-hole golf course, driving range, short game practice area and a 18,000-square-foot golf house. The golf house would include a Hall of Fame lobby, golf heritage display and mirrored wings with dedicated space for both golf teams, housing coaches' offices, bag storage and club fitting rooms, a team lounge and locker room, stretch room, putting studio and three indoor hitting bays.

The practice range would also feature multiple regulation greens north of the club house, while the short game practice area would be located west of the club house. The course would offer multiple routing options for on-course practice.

The first phase of the Crimson Standard initiative, which was completed prior to the 2020-21 season, included several enhancements to Bryant-Denny Stadium, in addition to the renovation and expansion of multiple seating areas, a relocated press box, improvements to all team areas and renovated recruiting areas.

To date, UA says over $470 million has been raised for The $600 million Crimson Standard Initiative.
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Ugly game. UK up 15 and they’ve played pretty poorly overall. Low scoring game and not really sure it’s because of the teams defenses. Both teams have missed a ton of open looks and bunnies this game.
 
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Nothing to be proud of by either team. The spread was ridiculous....opened at like 1.5 Uor 2 5 and closed at Bama +2 is what I heard. Made no sense. Take a win however we can get it but this was just flst out ugly
 
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Might wanna get some new rims in the mean time, first....JFC.

Bama was 3-30 from three.------18-64 overall.
 
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Nothing to be proud of by either team. The spread was ridiculous....opened at like 1.5 Uor 2 5 and closed at Bama +2 is what I heard. Made no sense. Take a win however we can get it but this was just flst out ugly

Always take a conference road game and run with it no matter how ugly. Same for Auburn earlier today.

Also I can already see Alabama is going to scrape their way into the tournament and be apart of the First Four and then make a run to the E8.
 
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Thanks for the 'Cats taking it easy on us. You guys should have won by a minimum of 25pts in this game. Alabama played for maybe the first 5 minutes and that was it. They left poor Charles out their by himself. Ellis hit 2 3s but he took 5 shots on 2 trips trips. Those 15 turnovers seemed low. 12 fvcking steals. Alabama would have had a better chance at winning had they put a rec team on the floor. I'm surprised Oats didn't put walk-ons in. Good luck, 'Cats. Yall gonna need it if you allow teams to stick around like that. Of course yall got an easy W on that return trip later on this month.
 

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Might wanna get some new rims in the mean time, first....JFC.

Bama was 3-30 from three.------18-64 overall.
Yelp seems like we always get out shot in our own gym and usually end up with more fouls also.