USF Approves $35.6m Sun Dome Renovation

Great news for USF hoops as the Board of Trustees just approved $35.6 million dollar renovation project of Sun Dome during Wednesday's board meeting. Construction should begin shortly.

USF was seeking the final approval from its Board of Trustees for the renovation of the Sun Dome today and the $35.6 million dollar project was granted during the board meeting Wednesday Associate Athletic Director Bill McGillis announced today.

"It's a GREAT day to be a Bull! USF Board of Trustees just approved $35.6 renovation of Sun Dome! Associate Athletic Director Bill McGillis said via Twitter today.

In March the state's Board of Governors called for the university to set aside $20 million from the USF Foundation to backup the $26.5 million in loans needed to fund the project. That resolution was approved by the USF Board of Trustees' Finance and Audit Workgroup and was passed by a final vote today.

The Sun Dome renovation project will extend the arena's life for another 30 years, and includes reconfiguring the 10,000-seat arena bowl, addition of a center-hung scoreboard, concession areas and bathrooms, a new concourse level and opportunities for club-level viewing, as well as modifications to the entrances, and restoration of the existing exterior.

The next step is the university issuing a Notice to Proceed to the contractor, which could come as soon as Thursday, with the construction proceeding quickly after. The project is expected to be completed by May 2012.

In other hoops news, the Les Mumas basketball practice center, USF's new state of the art basketball facility is getting closer to completion and is scheduled to be finished in the next 5-6 weeks.

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