The "ambitious wish list for the future" of all 19 of the school's sports is a $320 million dollar project that would occur over the next three decades.
It is slated to include a new football complex, a basketball practice facility, an indoor workout facility that would be shared by baseball and track, academic, dining and training facility upgrades, a possible 5,000-seat gymnastics and volleyball arena and seating expansions to the football, basketball and baseball playing venues.
Long admitted that Arkansas has fallen behind in some areas when it comes to facilities nationally.
"In some areas we have fallen behind in the last few years and in some areas we have caught back up with some of our programs," Long said. "But we have more work to do. I know this the minute you think you have gotten there is the minute you start to fall behind. We have to continuously look for ways to improve our programs in the future."
The only part of the plans to be approved so far is the $35 million dollar football complex.
The groundbreaking for that building will happen on Nov. 4th and should be ready to move in before the 2013 grid season.
"It is an exciting new home for our football program," Long said. "It is an 80,000 square foot facility that will really include everything we need for our football program. We couldn't expand in the space in the Broyles Center in the stadium."
It will include coaches' offices, meeting rooms, athletic training facilities and work in conjunction with the Walker Pavilion indoor practice facility and two new outdoor practice fields.
"We will have built a complete complex for our football program, something that was much needed and again will give us a chance to really compete in the SEC," Long said.
Perhaps the sports medicine training room was most in needed of improvement per Long.
"Our athletic training facilities were really woefully inadequate in our current situation," Long said. "We will be able to address that in a very exciting way the treatment and care and prevention of injuries of our student-athletes, which ultimately results in better success on the field."
Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the football team's home, would be getting some more club seats as a section would basically cover the Broyles Athletic Center.
It would add about 5,000 seats to Reynolds Razorback Stadium according to Long.
"Once we move into the football center sometime in the summer of 2013, it will really free us up to address seating issues we have in the stadium," Long said. "We have a tremendous demand for more suites – even though we have 134 and we are very proud of that – we have demand for more suites and we have demand for club seats. This North End Zone project will allow us to address that while we maintain the administrative offices in the Broyles Center for the rest of our athletic administration."
The Razorbacks would enter the field through field level club seats in the North End Zone and then run through the A.
"We are borrowing an idea from our friend Jerry Jones with the Dallas Cowboys," Long said. "The way we have situated our game-day locker room, our team will actually come down through one of the club sections – so through our fans and through our suites onto the field and then run through the A.
"It was very important for us to maintain the tradition of running through the A and we thought we would maintain that tradition and add this wrinkle to it," Long added. "I know there will be some fans who will love being in that club section and those seats."
There will also be new concourses that will allow fans to go from one end of the stadium as well as a standing room only area, just like the Cowboys.
"We'll be able to address a number of needs and the circulation is important because it will take a lot of pressure off the South End Zone now that can get very crowded trying to move from the West stands to the East stands and vice-versa."
The basketball practice facility would be located across the street from Bud Walton Arena near the Lady Razorback softball complex.
It would allow Bud Walton Arena to be used for concerts and other things in addition to becoming a total basketball center.
"We are talking about a facility where our operations can happen in totality," Long said. "We would have two full basketball courts with side baskets for men and women, locker rooms for men and women, weight room that can accommodate more our men's and women's teams and…it gives us a chance to have a state-of-the-art training facility."
Long said that having only one official-length court at Bud Walton Arena causes scheduling problems for the student-athletes.
But he acknowledged that a practice facility – which would also include coaches' offices and a museum showing off the tradition - it is also about recruiting.
"It has become one (recruiting issue) for our program because we are the only school in the SEC that does not have a practice facility and that includes our newest member Texas A&M," Long said. "It is being used against us in recruiting.
"It is not the primary reason for needing the facility, but it is certainly a factor and I think it has contributed to our struggles in recent years in that our competitors are using it against us in recruiting," Long added.
Long said that the plan is to add more club seats to Bud Walton Arena in the end zones as well as add food courts.
The concourses and tunnels must also be widen to allow concerts to set up properly, noting that the Wal-Mart Shareholders meeting takes a week to set up because of only one tunnel that big trucks get done.
Long said that while some have thought Barnhill Arena might be used as a practice facility, that was not feasible.
Barnhill Arena might be razed as there are thoughts for a new 5,000-seat volleyball and gymnastics facility that could also be used for lectures and smaller concerts.
"Barnhill Arena hasn't been set up for basketball since shortly after Bud Walton was built some 16, 17 years ago," Long said. "That facility is really for gymnastics and volleyball and if we were trying to put basketball there, it would create even more problems with student-athletes being able to practice and compete and go to class and meet all the other time demands they have as a student-athlete."
There are plans for a new academic and dining facility.
"It includes tutorial rooms, group study areas, study hall areas for teams, it is going to have a large auditorium in it as well," Long said. "This will be a total student athlete tutorial and preparation area for athletics."
The dining facility would feature a training table for all 19 men's and women's sports.
Another part of the master plan include a facility that would allow the baseball team to practice inside and also allow room for the track team to have throwing competitions.
Right now the throwing events have to be held in the football indoor workout facility.
"They have great competition sites, but where we need assistance for those top-level programs is in practice and training facilities and that is what this allows to do," Long said.
Baum Stadium will add a "Hog Pen" club seating area in the outfield, add around 10 suites in right field for a total of 44 in the stadium also also add a new center field entrance around the new workout area, which will be where the grass berm is now.
The women's soccer team has already added a new locker room facility and women's swimming and men's and women's golf teams are also due for some locker room improvements in the plan.
There are also plans for a Hog Walk that will go from the lot 56 - the main basketball parking lot - to the football stadium.
"We want to use this to celebrate our rich tradition," Long said.
Long also noted that there will be a new multi-million dollar Razorback scoreboard at the football stadium with an expanded video screen by the start of the 2012 season.
That is not part of the master plan.
All of this will be done by private donations according to Long, who stresses there will be no state funds used.
The conversion of Bud Walton Arena and a possible underground parking deck are not included in the $320 million price tag.
"We are going to do it the same way we have historically paid for our facilities," Long said. "Of course, it is going to be through the generosity of our supporters, the Razorback Nation who believes in what we are doing, by making contributions.
"We are also going to use multi-media rights funds from our television rights, we are going to use sponsorship agreement funds and we are going to use SEC revenue distribution from the future."
Long brought along pictures of what the improvements would look like.
Arkansas track Coach Chris Bucknam and baseball coach Dave Van Horn look on during the press conference.
The master facilities plan calls for new club and field level seats in the North End Zone at Razorback Stadium.
Another view of plans for the North End Zone.
The view from the North End Zone at what the South End Zone would look like with two new video screens.
The Razorbacks hope to add a basketball practice facility soon.
The proposed academic and dining facility.
Baum Stadium would feature new Hog Pen Club seating.
A new center field entrance to Baum Stadium
Another view of an enhanced Baum Stadium