Alabama varsity basketball arena


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The University of Alabama (US) trustees approved a plan on February 4th to construct a new basketball and gymnastics arena that would replace the 54-year-old Coleman Coliseum at a cost of $183 million.

‘The Charlotte Observer’ stated that the new facility would seat about 10,130 people, or roughly 4,300 less than Coleman, which would become a practice site. The project, which would also include a practice facility for the university’s golf teams, is part of an overall $600 million plan to improve athletics facilities over a decade. More than $470 million already has been raised, and the Athletics Director, Greg Byrne, said that work would continue.

Informed Byrne, “We’ll be starting to talk more directly with architects and get further ideas and designs put together on what it can look like to hopefully, eventually, get a shovel in the ground on this.”

The University of Alabama is a public research university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (US). Established in 1820 and opened to students in 1831, the University of Alabama is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama as well as the flagship of the University of Alabama System.

The Coleman Coliseum is a 15,383-seat multipurpose arena in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (US), on the campus of the University of Alabama. It is the current home of the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s and women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics teams, and previously served as the home of the women’s volleyball program.

‘The Charlotte Observer’ further stated that originally opened in 1968, Coleman Coliseum was built at a cost of $4.2 million. A proposal submitted to trustees by athletics said extensive renovations to Coleman would have cost about $150 million.

Plans indicated the university could seek bids for the project in April 2023.

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