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$57m revamp for W&M sports facilities

The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia has revealed plans to redevelop the Kaplan Arena and build a new Sports Performance Centre.

The overhaul of Kaplan Arena will include a new entrance and lobby, an enhanced student section with a lounge that all students can use throughout the year, and upgraded spectator seating.

The revamp will also see the addition of premium hospitality areas, a courtside club exclusively for courtside seat holders, concourse club seating as well as a new academic centre.

Kaplan Arena first opened its doors in 1971 and has since been the home to William & Mary Athletics. The men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams have competed in the arena for decades. All of William & Mary’s nearly 500 student-athletes utilise the locker rooms, strength and conditioning and sports medicine facilities.

The Reimagined Athletics Complex will see 167,000ft2 of renovated and new spaces.

The $57 million project will transform the game-day experience for the entire William & Mary community, advance excellence in all 23 varsity sports programs and enhance the university’s facilities — priorities outlined in Athletics’ new strategic plan.

Approximately $41 million has been committed to date through philanthropy and other sources.

The project aims to greatly improve the game-day atmosphere for fans, particularly season ticket holders.

Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge said:

There will be a very noticeable difference in the way fans can participate in the sporting events as they cheer on the Tribe. The renovation underscores Athletics’ commitment to providing an immersive and interactive fan experience, increasing game-day attendance and adding to the breadth and depth of opportunities offered to the entire William & Mary community at the arena.

The complex encompasses Kaplan Arena, a new Sports Performance Centre adjacent to the arena, the Millie West Tennis Facility, Busch Field and the Tribe Field Hockey Center.

Construction is expected to begin in fall 2020 and conclude in fall 2022.

The project also includes a state-of-the-art score board and ribbon boards featuring video replay capabilities and new sound system, improvements to concession stands, bathrooms and locker rooms, among other priority areas. The arena will remain open during its revitalization.

The 36,000ft2 multi-use Sports Performance Centre will feature a strength and conditioning area, including two hydro-therapy pools, and a sports medicine space with ample room to evaluate and treat sports injuries. The center will also provide the basketball and volleyball teams with a new practice area housing a full-sized court.

The infrastructure of the Millie West Tennis Facility courts needs to be enhanced to improve the player experience. Additional funds will be allocated to the resurfacing and stabilisation of current courts, the addition of new courts and installation of upgraded fan seating.

The Dillard Practice Facility — currently utilised by the soccer and lacrosse teams — will also be enhanced and expanded. The facility will see a new turf practice field and improvements to the grass field.

William & Mary has partnered with Mosely and HNTB architects as well as DPR Construction, to help ensure the project takes full advantage of all the latest trends and technological opportunities.

Images courtesy of William & Mary.

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