(Above left) Worker digs up the surface of the old tennis courts beside the present Alabama Football Complex.
Before serious work can begin on the Football Complex Annex and the new weight room, the old Outdoor Tennis Stadium had to be demolished. Last Thursday and Friday workmen made short work of that task, pulling down the steel and concrete stands.
Within hours the work was mostly accomplished. While construction on the Annex is underway, this area will be used for storage and as a base of operations by the construction company. When everything is finished, the former Tennis Stadium area will be added to the two "short" football practice fields adjacent to the Indoor Practice Facility.
While the work was going on Friday, several football managers climbed on the side of the Complex to get a better view of the action.
Though rarely used, the area immediately next to the Football Complex used to be taken up by two tennis courts. After the fencing was taken down, a construction worker made quick work of removing the old surface.
By Saturday afternoon the ground next to the Football Complex was cleared and leveled, ready for the next step of laying the foundation.
Artist's rendering of what the finished Football Complex will look like. The entire ground floor of the new construction will be taken up by a state-of-the-art weight facility with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the practice fields.
Work on the new Centralized Athletics Power Plant, located at the end of the Track Stadium, is also continuing. Note the Indoor Practice facility in the left background and Coleman Coliseum to the right.
Rains last week slowed the process down, but at a separate location workmen continued to prepare the site of the new Outdoor Tennis Stadium. Located on the East side of Fifth Avenue East, next to the existing Softball Stadium, the new Tennis facility will feature elevated seating between two sections of courts, including lockerrooms.
Artist's rendering of what the new Tennis Stadium will look like once completed. With a bow toward efficiency, the new facility will share a parking lot with the Softball Stadium.