Sep 7, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; General view of the Dal Ward athletic building before the start of the game against the Central Arkansas Bears at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - The University of Colorado's Board of Regents unanimously approved the athletic department's plans to upgrade its facilities during a meeting Wednesday.
The $143 million plan was approved 9-0 after comments and presentations by a number of athletic department officials, including coaches Mike MacIntyre and Tad Boyle and athletic director Rick George.
Hired in July, George said about $10 million has been raised in private donations. After securing corporate sponsors, George would like to have the project finished during the 2015-16 academic year.
He hopes to have at least one-third of the $140 million secured when the want to break ground this spring.
"I'm very excited about what this will do for our program long-term," George said. "It will allow us to create a world-class, holistic student-athlete experience. It will allow us to compete for and win championships, and it will allow us to become fiscally responsible. I believe it's a long-term sustainable model."
Included in the plans are major upgrades to the Dal Ward Center (which opened in 1991); growing the football locker room to 16,000-square feet (currently it is 4,500-square feet); a new multipurpose indoor practice facility; and a 21,900-square foot sports performance center on the northeast corner of Folsom Field that would work with the Anschutz Medical Center.
Also in the plan is a retail store at the south end of Folsom Field.
Said Regent Sue Sharkey: "We need to get it done and we need to get it done now."
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