With its new football practice fields near completion and construction on a new football center on schedule to open in the summer of 2013, Arkansas announced Friday that it is moving forward with the next phase of its Athletics Facility Master Plan.
That includes a new basketball practice facility, a student-athlete success center (athletic academic and dining facility) and a baseball and track indoor training facility.
"As the football center continues to progress, we are taking the necessary steps for the planning of the next three facilities in our Athletics Facilities Master Plan," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "The basketball practice facility, student-athlete success center and the baseball and track indoor training facility are essential to the future success of our program. Our focus remains on providing student-athletes with the resources they need to win in the Southeastern Conference and nationally.
"We are grateful to the Donald. W. Reynolds Foundation and its chairman, Fred W. Smith, for their $1.25 million gift toward the student-athlete success center. We hope others will join them in financially supporting these projects that will benefit more than 460 student-athletes annually."
While no definitive timeline has been announced, an Arkansas release states that Razorbacks Athletics has Issued Requests for Qualifications for the three projects.
A recommendation will now go to the Board of Trustees for its approval and contingent on its approval the facilities will then be built and funded entirely by athletic revenues, gifts and bond proceeds from a future bond issue.
The basketball practice facility – expected to cost between $20-25 million - will be located south of Leroy Pond Road, between Bogle Park and The Gardens – and be directly across from Bud Walton Arena.
It will be approximately 70,000-85,000 square feet and will include all operational components for both the men's and women's basketball teams.
It will include separate gyms for the men's and women's teams, lockers rooms for both teams, weight rooms, training rooms and offices for the staffs of both programs.
Also the facility will house coaching staff suites, meeting rooms, a team lounge and a museum honoring the success of the program throughout the years.
Two Dallas area basketball standouts – Kendal Harris and Jordan Mickey - have visited Arkansas this week and both talked about the new basketball facility – dubbed "The Lab."
"It looks great to me," Harris said. "The players and the coaches are all excited about it and I can understand why. They said the players will be able to get in and shoot anytime and work on their game and that really interests me. I want to go to a place where I can work on my game at any time."
The Student-Athlete Success Center will serve as the new Bogle Academic Center and help in the development of the school's 460 student-athletes.
It will be a facility somewhere between 47,000-58,000 square foot.
That facility – expected to cost between 18-23 million - will include tutorial rooms, group study rooms, quiet study areas, a computer lab, learning laboratories focuses on math, science and language skills as well as a 500-seat auditorium.
It will also house a dining hall and a full-service kitchen and have offices for a sports psychologist, nutritionist and student-development staff.
The proposed location of the new baseball and track indoor workout area is on the north side of the existing Randal Tyson Track Center.
It will include 40,000-45,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space – including a full practice infield, throwing area, batting cages areas and ancillary team spaces for baseball.
A big thing for the track program will be an area in the building that will allow for all throwing events, which now take place in Walker Pavilion, the football program's indoor workout facility.
It will also house a shared strength and conditioning space and a training room for both places and the projected cost is somewhere between $7.75 and $9.625 million.
It was also announced earlier this week that former Razorback and current LPGA star golfer Stacy Lewis has donated $100,00- toward the Arkansas golf program.
Arkansas' proposed new basketball practice facility
Pictured above is the proposed new Student-Athlete Success Center, which will have be an athletic academic and dining facility.
The Razorbacks' proposed new Track and Baseball practice facility.
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