The University of Delaware Athletics Department is due to kick off construction of a new athletic centre and begin stadium renovations.
Renovation of Delaware Stadium and creation of the Whitney Athletic Center will begin at the conclusion of the 2018 football season.
The projects are the focus of the $60 million Build Our Home fundraising initiative for athletics, which is one of the priorities of Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware.
The Whitney Athletic Center, which will be completed by the summer of 2020, will provide academic support and athletic training and well-being facilities for student-athletes.
The centre will be named after UD alumnus and Board of Trustees member Kenneth C. Whitney, Class of 1980, and his wife, Elizabeth K. Whitney, in recognition of their cornerstone gift of $10 million.
Renovation of the west side of Delaware Stadium will include: adding chair backs for all seats in the middle three sections (C, D, E); Upgraded restrooms and concessions; Stadium Club space with bar, food and exclusive club seating; Enhanced press box, including game-day production spaces and coaches’ booths.
Construction of a new athletic centre for all UD student-athletes will extend along the stadium’s western facade and include:
- Student Success Center;
- Integrated space for academic support, career preparation and leadership development;
- Tutoring, mentoring, academic advising and study areas; Academic lounge to build community and foster inter-team bonding;
- Multipurpose rooms for guest lectures and press conferences;
- Health & Well-Being Center; 10,000-square-foot strength and conditioning space to accommodate multiple teams simultaneously;
- Enhanced athletic training space with satellite area for physical therapy partnership;
- Grab-and-go healthy food options selected by a UD nutritionist;
- Sports psychology areas to provide mental health resources through private consultations, team workshops and athlete educational sessions.
- Hydrotherapy tubs for rejuvenation and therapeutic needs.
A key addition to the athletics campus will be the new 10,000ft2 strength and conditioning space to meet the needs of every Blue Hen student-athlete.
Inside, more than 100 can lift weights simultaneously, eliminating the present need for separate shifts to allow everyone use of the facilities. The new space will also house a much larger training room, which will get rid of long lines that stretch into the hallway during midday practices.