USU Athletics looks to build new facility

Athletics director Scott Barns presented the potential construction of an Athletics Competition and Practice Facility (ACPF) to the executive council in Wednesday’s ASUSU meeting. The facility will provide the basketball teams with an alternate place to practice and volleyball will have a court to call their own. The 28,000 square-foot building will cost approximately $7.5 million. “This is not funded,” Athletics Director Scott Barnes said. “We are raising the money ourselves, but we have a lead gift that would be the biggest gift this program has ever been given.” Barnes presented the idea to ASUSU’s executive council Wednesday, seeking the members’ approval before looking into the project any further. ASUSU President Tyler Tolson held an unofficial vote to show the members’ support for the idea, which was unanimous. Because of this vote of approval, Barnes said he will continue analyzing potential sites for the competition and practice facility. “I was looking out my window one day and I saw the basketball team piling in a van going to Logan High to practice,” Barnes said. “As the university grows, practice time becomes limited.” This idea was proposed at the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, and possible locations for the building have been discussed. If the building is approved for construction, Barnes said he would ideally have it be placed in a lot just west of the Spectrum, south of the Harris Center (HAC.) “We are talking about taking down the Harris building,” Barnes said. “It’s beyond repair.”

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