Photos: University of Dayton unveils $72 million transformation project to UD Arena
UPDATE- University of Dayton officials announced a $72 million renovation of UD Arena Thursday morning.
They say most of the more than 13,000 seats will get a facelift.
"Let's face it, this arena is more than 50-years-old to begin with. If we didn't do something, we wouldn't have an arena in 5-6 years, an arena that would be serviceable," Spina said.
Some of the seats will be upgraded with leather or get padded backs and cushions.
The construction schedule will work around the basketball season as much as possible.
"We're going to continue to have games here and to have this be our home, it's just going to take a little longer to do it as a result," said Spina.
The university is poised to have the nicest standard in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"(UD) again set the standard. They raised the bar. They elevate and they are unquestionably one of the top programs nationally, not just in the A-10 but any conference from top to bottom in division 1," McGlade said.
UD's new basketball coach, Anthony Grant says he's excited to see the school invest in the basketball programs.
"It's like a marriage of the past with the future. You look at the commitment the university and the people of this community have made to the arena and the future of the, of Dayton basketball in general, I'm really excited about it," UD Men's Basketball Coach, Anthony Grant said.
The school says once climate control is added, it will look into hosting non-basketball events but there's nothing it's considering right now.
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - It's not a renovation, it's a transformation -- that's the message this morning from the University of Dayton as it unveiled the plans for a $72 million project.
Vice President and Director of Athletics, Neil Sullivan is touting this project as a bold move he says, "launches us into a new era of Dayton basketball." In the past 50 years, UD Arena has served the university well, it's also hosted more NCAA tournaments than any other building in history, Sullivan said.
Sullivan said the project will happen in three phases, the first of which will start immediately. It is scheduled to be completed in November of 2019, just in time for the 2019-2020 basketball season.
UD president Dr. Eric Spina said it's important for the project to be done the 'right way,' advancing the university's overall mission. "You can't have great athletics, and a poor univeristy," Spina said. Spina also expressed his thanks to the donors who are helping make this arena transformation possible.
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