Maples Renovation Announced

It hasn't been a closely guarded secret, and we've told you that the construction would be coming at the end of the 2003-04 season. But now it has been officially announced that Stanford's famed Maples Pavilion will undergo an extensive renovation after the completion of the coming basketball season. Read on for the official release.

Stanford University announced today that Maples Pavilion will undergo a $30-million renovation that will begin on March 1, 2004 and is tentatively scheduled to conclude on January 1, 2005. Maples Pavilion serves as the home of the nationally ranked Stanford men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball programs.

"This is a very exciting time," Stanford Director of Athletics Ted Leland said. "This renovation will benefit both our student-athletes and our fans for years to come."

The renovation, financed entirely through donations from alumni and friends of the University, will enhance the college athletics experience for both the student-athletes and the fans. It includes a new covered concourse with state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability. The renovation will also include new locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room and meeting rooms.

The seating configuration will feature a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the current floor and loge sections. The new lower seating bowl will include chair-back theater seats that will replace both the wood bleachers in the current floor setup as well as the loge section seats.

"This is a great chance to both refurbish and reconfigure the seating at Maples Pavilion," Leland said. "But at the same time, this renovation will enable us to maintain the building's fan friendly environment. The exciting and intimate atmosphere of Maples Pavilion will continue to make it a great place for college athletics."

After the renovation is complete, a small gain in the Maples Pavilion seating capacity is expected. The building's current capacity is 7,391.

During the renovation, the Stanford men's and women's basketball programs have entered into an agreement to play their 2004-05 exhibition and non-conference home games at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara University (capacity 6,000). The Cardinal women's volleyball team will play its entire 2004 home schedule on the Stanford campus at Burnham Pavilion (capacity 1,200).

Maples Pavilion was originally dedicated on March 1, 1969 at a cost of $3.3 million. The building was named after its principal donor, the late Roscoe Maples, a member of the 1904 Stanford graduating class.

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