Carolina Athletics announced new renovations and enhancements to four different sports facilities across campus Tuesday afternoon. The school is upgrading facilities for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and football.
Each are expected to be completed within the next year and a half, with a total cost of approximately $51 million. Both the UNC Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors have approved the projects, and The Rams Club is leading fundraising efforts.
“Our coaches build programs with a commitment to providing the best experience possible for our student-athletes, and having modern, elite facilities is an important part of that process,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “These projects will continue to give Tar Heel student-athletes the tools to grow as leaders, teammates and competitors.”
The women’s basketball program will have a new, dedicated practice facility built next to Carmichael Arena, “within the Woollen Gym footprint,” and adjoining the current locker rooms. The facility will feature a full-length court, teaching stations, a video system and more equipment space. Along with this new facility, the team’s locker room and shower space will both be improved. The project is expected to be completed this fall.
Finley Golf Course will see changes to accommodate a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf programs. The new facility will be built on top of holes 10 and 11. It will feature spaces for UNC golfers to practice every facet of their game. As a result, two new holes will be constructed on the course, while other holes will be reshaped and enhanced. The path of the course will also be changed, with hole 12 flipping into hole 1. The changes are expected to be completed by the late summer of 2023.
Changes will be made to UNC’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in phases. The first phase will see the building of a brand new outdoor stadium on the grounds, which will include elevated seating and modern lighting and scoring systems. Future phases will include a new team building, as well as an improved indoor competition space. The first phase is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.
The improvements to the Kenan Football Center will also be made in phases. The first phase will see an improved sports medicine facility built onto the northwest corner of the building. Adjacent to the facility will be a team lounge and study spaces. These changes are part of an overarching project which will change both the inside and outside of Kenan Football Center, which is located behind the west end zone of Kenan Stadium. The first phase is expected to be completed by March of 2023.
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