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USF budgets facility upgrades at $24 million



USF has posted a "notice of bid/request for proposal" for the athletic program's proposed facility upgrades, and the document gives great detail into what the Bulls envision for new baseball and softball stadiums, as well as a basketball practice facility and football practice fields.

The new information starts with a budgeted price tag of "approximately $24 million" for the construction budget for all facilities, including new intramural recreational fields for the university. Other details:

-- The new basketball practice facility would include two gyms and support facilities including locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms, athletic and strength training rooms and would be located adjacent to the Sun Dome.

-- The new football practice facility would include one lighted synthetic turf field, two lighted natural grass sports fields and a service building, all enclosed by a privacy fence.

-- The new baseball stadium would seat 1,500 fans, with a natural grass field, step-down dugouts, covered batting cages, bullpens, two "party pavilion canopies" and an elevated, shaded hospitality deck. USF's Bill McGillis says the plan calls for 1,500 permanent seatbacks, but the stadium's total capacity, including berm seating, bleachers and VIP areas, could be as much as 3,000.

-- Softball's new stadium would seat 700 fans, with much the same amenities as baseball, including a lighted natural gass field. McGillis says the total capacity could accommodate 1,000 fans.

Again, these are just concepts at this point and will certainly get tweaked as proposals come in with their own thoughts. Design/build teams interested in handling USF's facility upgrades can attend a pre-submittal meeting on Aug. 13 in the Sun Dome, with actual bids due by Aug. 26.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:54pm]


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