The University of Maine in the US has unveiled its transformative $110 million athletic facilities master plan.
The initiative honours Harold Alfond’s legacy of support for Maine education and athletics by providing modern facilities for all 17 varsity programs at Maine’s only Division I athletic programme and improving the overall UMaine student experience.
An overview of the athletics facilities master plan features:
- Construction of the UMaine Multipurpose Center, the new home of UMaine men’s and women’s basketball on the Orono campus. This facility will feature new men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms, new team offices, lounges, and film rooms, new administrative offices, a new location for the Bear Necessities Fan Shop, and a new sports medicine centre.
- Brand new synthetic turf fields for UMaine women’s soccer, UMaine field hockey, and UMaine softball.
- A new turf surface at Mahaney Diamond and significant upgrades to the Mahaney Clubhouse.
- Manufacturing the new Speed Dome, a 100,000-plus-square-foot enclosed facility complete with a 100-yard synthetic turf field and 300-meter track.
- A second, new indoor dome facility, with 60 percent more indoor space than the current dome structure.
- Renovations to Memorial Gymnasium, including improvements to Wallace Pool, new locker rooms for swimming and diving, field hockey, softball, and women’s soccer, upgrades to staff offices, and extensive additions to the internal branding of the building.
- Significant improvements to Alfond Stadium, including a new turf surface on Morse Field, a more intimate experience with enclosing one end zone and tightening the bleachers closer to the playing field. Football also will benefit from new support services inside the multipurpose center, including a new locker room, new coaches’ offices, a new video/meeting room, and a new strength and conditioning center equipped for use by all student-athletes.
- Substantial upgrades to Alfond Arena, including a new enlarged entryway and concourse area, the installation of high definition video and ribbon boards, a new sound system, and upgraded Wi-Fi and television production services.
- Expansion of the Shawn Walsh Hockey Center, with new locker rooms for both men’s and women’s ice hockey, a new strength and conditioning centre, along with a new hockey development centre, new film rooms, new offices, and new team lounges.
UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy said:
We are going to build outstanding athletic facilities to support our Black Bear athletes and students and youth from all over the state.
Wins for our athletic program and all the work we do to advance the initiatives supported by the Harold Alfond Foundation will include inclusion and community building. We are Maine’s public universities and everyone will be welcome to engage in our programs, use our facilities, and contribute to our success.