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Conceptual drawings of new football center

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Conceptual drawings of new football center

FAYETTEVILLE – The future University of Arkansas Football Center continues to move forward through the schematic design phase of the project. Preliminary conceptual images intended to provide some visual reference of how the interior spaces could look to meet the modern needs of a program competing in the nation’s most competitive athletic conference, were released Wednesday.Plans for the football center include construction of a new locker room, team meeting rooms, athletic training room, equipment room, a student-athlete lounge and study area, coaches’ offices, a recruiting reception area and a football museum celebrating the tradition of Razorback Football. The proposed football center would be constructed immediately south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium adjacent to the Walker Family Training Center. Football practice fields currently at that location would be relocated to the south side of the Walker Family Training Center. Preliminary plans for the football center were developed in conjunction with an ongoing facilities master plan being developed for Razorback Athletics.While estimates on the needed funding for the project have not been fully developed, the football center would be funded solely by private donations. No University or tax-payer funds would be used in the completion of the football center.Last January, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Populous, Polk Stanley Wilcox and Modus Studio as the architectural team to work in conjunction with Razorback Athletics and University Facilities Management to develop a facility master plan and develop architectural drawings of a proposed football center. Razorback Football is currently housed in the Broyles Athletic Center, a facility originally designed to accommodate the then-separate men’s athletic department including multiple sports and administrative offices. The proposed football center would address several areas limited in the current layout. The athletic training room would allow members of the athletic training staff to work more efficiently and effectively in providing preventative and rehabilitative medical care to student-athletes. The Razorbacks’ current football locker room is split into two divided dressing areas. The football center would include a single dressing area that can accommodate the entire football team. In addition to the athletic training room and locker room, the new football center would include expanded equipment room and meeting room space.



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