CU Athletics News And Notes

Inside, news and notes from the Colorado athletic department.

• Construction continues at the Coors Events Center where crews are renovating on two floors. Upstairs, they're putting a basketball operations center together that will house both the men's and women's teams. Downstairs, the basketball locker rooms are being renovated. Completion is expected in late-December/early-January.

Until the locker rooms are finished, the teams will have to use auxiliary quarters inside Coors during practice and on game days. The first exhibition for the men is Nov. 1 vs. Basketball Travelers, the women's is Nov. 8 vs. Colorado School of Mines. The men's home opener is Nov. 9 vs. New Mexico, while the women host the Coors Classic Nov. 23-24, with Rice, Clemson and Siena also slated to play.

Other staff from the athletic department will move into the current CU basketball offices, which are located at Folsom Stadium, once the basketball operations move to Coors.

• Athletic director Mike Bohn said the No. 1 fundraising priority right now is to cover expenses to build a basketball practice facility adjacent to Coors. The cost is estimated to be between $8 and $10 million. As part of his contract, the university must break ground on such a facility some time in the next three years or the buyout clause in Jeff Bzdelik's contract is reduced dramatically. The project is in the planning stages.

• Bohn said the department expects men's basketball season-ticket sales to increase by as much as 1,000 over last season, and end up in the 3,000-range.

He said he's had mixed feedback, both gratitude and complaints, about moving the students to the south part of Coors and moving those season-ticket holders to other parts of the arena.

• Good news in the department's revenue stream: With the number of CU football games televised at seven and counting, the department has surpassed the revenue it budgeted from TV this fall football season. And that's with two games — Missouri and Iowa State — still undecided, in terms of television coverage.

Bohn said he and the department were also grateful for the fan support shown at football games this fall.

• The Buffalo cross country teams travel to Lubbock, Texas, next weekend to defend their men's and women's conference titles. Women's harrier Jenny Barringer is coming off a course-record and victory at the Pre-Nationals race in Terre Haute, Ind., last weekend. It's the site of this year's cross country championships.

Meanwhile, Big 12 officials will be in Boulder next week to look at progress being made at Potts Field, CU's home track and field setting, site of next May's Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Work is being done on several parts of Potts, including a throwing cage, high jump pit and triple jump track.

• On Nov. 17, the department will host an open house (open to anyone) for the public to get a look at the new practice bubble on the football practice fields. Details about that will be forthcoming in November.

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