The University Athletics Committee approved the initial proposal at a 9 a.m. meeting Friday, sending the proposal to the Finance Committee, which also approved.
The proposal will now be submitted to the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee for authorization at their February 2014 meetings.
Board of Trustees Approves $45 Million Project, Scheduled for Completion in 2016
The project, which will be constructed with private funds, will build a new training facility along with two practice fields and a drill area behind the east endzone of Commonwealth Stadium. The new two-story facility will include administrative offices, locker spaces, team meeting areas, training areas, high performance and weight room space, equipment rooms, a hydrotherapy room, player locker rooms, lounge facilities, an academic lounge/study area, media room and an entrance lobby with enhanced visitor amenities.
Construction will begin when plans are finalized with a goal of completion prior to the 2016 season.
“As we continue to make a commitment to improving all of our facilities, this is a significant step for our football program,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “I’m very appreciative of the donors who are stepping up to help with this project. We look forward to completing the funding and design process.”
“We are so excited to get this project started and I am thankful to all of those involved,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “Once again, this is an indication of the great commitment from our administration and our supporters who are making this happen. This facility is already helping us in recruiting and will play a key role in the future of Kentucky football.”
The reinvention of CWS, which is currently under construction now, will feature enhanced premium seating, including private suites and club seating, new football home-team facilities with a multi-purpose recruiting room, and a redesign of CWS inside and out to give the home of the Wildcats a modern look that remains uniquely Kentucky.
For more, visit TheNewCWS.com.
The Nutter Training Facility, which is football’s current practice home, will be used to serve other UK student-athletes when the new building is completed.
Information provided by UK Athletics
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