Bryant Hall, Soccer and Tennis

Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore took the media on a walking/bus tour of the ongoing facilities upgrades Friday. Fans know about the Football Annex, but work on Bryant Hall, the Soccer Stadium and new outdoor Tennis Stadium is also proceeding.

(Above left) View of the back of Bryant Hall, which is currently being renovated into a state-of-the-art Academic Support Center. "Without question our renovations have had a positive impact on recruiting," Athletic Director Mal Moore said. "You can see the excitement in their eyes, and the recruits' parents have all been very impressed."

Photo showing preliminary work on the upgrades to the existing Soccer Field (seen in the background). When finished, the structure will include home and visiting lockerrooms, rest rooms and a concession area. "We already have the best field in the conference," Moore said. "This will be a fine facility that will serve us well for years to come."

Artist's rendering of the completed Alabama Soccer facililty. The field and lights are already as good as any in the SEC, and when all is finished permanent seating will turn the area into a showcase for recruiting female athletes. Construction on both Soccer and Tennis facilities should be finished by late July or early August.

Photo showing site preparation for the Tennis Stadium. The new structure is being built next to the existing Softball Field, which can be seen in the background. According to Moore, when finished the two new structures will be "as nice as there is" in the nation.

With the foundation poured, the metal frame is being erected. With a broad walkway on top, stands will look down on the courts, which will be built along both sides. Underneath there will be plenty of space for lockerrooms, offices, storage, concessions and rest rooms.

When finished, the new Tennis Stadium will be as nice as any in the country, allowing Alabama to bid on hosting NCAA tournaments, etc. Land just adjacent and to the south of the new stadium will be reserved as a future site of a new Indoor Tennis building.

Coach Moore is especially proud of the renovations taking place at Bryant Hall. Originally the brainchild of Paul Bryant, the building used to be the most famous football dorm in the nation. It has now been gutted and will be completely redone on the inside, transforming the structure into an Academic Center.

The front lobby (bottom right) of the renovated Bryant Hall will honor Alabama's Academic All-Americans and All-SEC athletes from all sports. When the entire plan is finished, a dormitory wing will have been added (shown to the left and back left), which will house 51 percent (or more) Engineering students along with freshman and sophomore scholarship football players. The first phase of the project (not including the dorm) will be finished by January of 2005.

While the existing Football Complex building is being gutted in preparation for a complete inside renovation, the various officials and staffers that were housed in the area have been temporarily moved to trailers at the southeast edge of Coleman Coliseum. Short-term sacrifices have to be made, and Coach Moore was one of the first to move from his old corner office to a spot in one of the trailers.

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