Auburn trustees unanimously approved construction of a $92.5 million basketball arena Friday, the state's largest one-time expenditure for an athletic building.
The new complex will have 9,600 seats, two practice courts, a weight room, premium and courtside seating and 12 suites with outdoor areas that will also open on football Saturdays. The university will accept construction bids next spring, and the arena is expected to be ready for the 2010-11 season.
An artist's rendition was unveiled Thursday, when the board's Property and Facilities Committee OK'ed it.
Men's coach Jeff Lebo called the arena "a gigantic step for Auburn basketball."
"This is a monumental day for Auburn University, the Auburn athletics department and the future of Auburn men's and women's basketball," athletic director Jay Jacobs said. "Construction of a new arena will help our basketball programs compete for championships, give our fans and students a venue that they can enjoy, and provide a facility in which Auburn University can take great pride."
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It seems like Auburn is trying to basketball seriously. Damn me for saying this, but this is a great move on their part. The next issue is getting talent to take a chance on Auburn and letting them know it's not in NY or GA. Anyways, Lebo should be thrilled (as he said above). I believe they one upped us. Saying that, I doubt Lebo will be there to christen the new arena if he has a good year before the 2010-2011 season.
Coleman Colesium should've been leveled instead of renovated. While it looks nicer than it did when I was in school, I don't think the investment was worth it. At least the top rows aren't as dark as they used to be.