NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Progress continues to be made in the construction of the new basketball performance center at Stephen F. Austin State University.
$26-million has been poured into the project which is estimated to be completed by next summer. The project was first greenlit by the Board of Regents as part of an overhaul to athletics and another $99 milion to a Fine Arts Expansion Initiative, Welcome Center and Student Support Services One Stop Shop.
The new Loddie Naymola Basketball Performance Center will be connected to the existing William R. Johnson Coliseum and will feature new practice courts, new locker rooms, new meeting rooms, and new coaches offices.
“This building is transformative not just for basketball but for our entire athletic program,” Athletic Director Ryan Ivey said. “It will create an opportunity for us to expand opportunities to our athletes and increase our wellness program.”
The facility is expected to be complete and ready for the men’s and women’s basketball teams by August 2021.
“It is fun to see how it was developed with the drawings and come to life on a day to day basis,” Ivey said.
The expansion will not just be for the student-athletes. There will be a new game day plaza for the entrance to the coliseum. Luxury seats have also been installed inside the arena that give fans premium seating above the new entrance tunnel.
“The plaza will allow for us to have pre and post game events,” Ivey said. “Gone are the days where you expect for people to show up watch a game and go home. We have to do our part to make sure we are creating value and entertainment around that ticket purchase. We want the fans to be able to enjoy the entertainment and then develop our fans from just showing up at tip off to being here before hand.”