Plans to revitalize Kaplan Arena revealed


Kaplan Arena Virginia US Image: HNTB / Moseley Architects

Plans to remodel the Kaplan Arena and build a new Sports Performance Center has been revealed by the College of William & Mary at Williamsburg, Virginia, in US. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2020 and end in Fall 2022.

The Kaplan Arena is a facility used for athletic events for the College of William & Mary Tribe sports teams in Williamsburg, Virginia. The building contains an 8,600-seat arena, which can seat 11,300 with extra bleachers. The arena’s floor measures almost 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2).

The redecoration work of Kaplan Arena will feature a new entrance and lobby, an enhanced student section with a lounge that all students can use the whole year through, and ameliorating spectator seating.

The revamp work will also include adding premium hospitality areas, a courtside club exclusively for the use of courtside seat holders, concourse club seating as well as a new academic center.

Kaplan Arena first went on stream in 1971 and has since been the residence of William & Mary Athletics. The men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams have competed in the arena for decades. All of William & Mary’s nearly 500 student-athletes avail the facilities of the locker rooms, strength and conditioning and sports medicine facilities.

The Reimagined Athletics Complex will see 167,000ft2 of redecorated and new spaces.

The project cost pegged at $57 million will bring a sea change in the game-day experience for the entire William & Mary community, bring perfection in all 23 varsity sports programs and enhance the university’s facilities — priorities outlined in Athletics’ new strategic plan.

Round about $41 million has been committed to date through philanthropy and other sources.

The project aims to provide an exhilarating game-day atmosphere for fans, particularly season ticket holders.

Remarked Director of Athletics Samantha K Huge, “There will be a very noticeable difference in the way fans can participate in the sporting events as they cheer on the Tribe. The renovation underscores Athletics’ commitment to providing an immersive and interactive fan experience, increasing game-day attendance and adding to the breadth and depth of opportunities offered to the entire William & Mary community at the arena.”

The complex encircles Kaplan Arena, a new Sports Performance Center adjoining the arena, the Millie West Tennis Facility, Busch Field and the Tribe Field Hockey Center.

The project also features a futuristic score board and ribbon boards equipped with video replay capabilities and new sound system, and further envisages improvements to concession stands, bathrooms and locker rooms, among other priority areas. The arena will remain open while revitalization work is on.

The 36,000ft2 multi use Sports Performance Center will be furnished with a strength and conditioning area, including two hydro-therapy pools, and a sports medicine space with enough space to evaluate and treat sport-related injuries. The center will also provide the basketball and volleyball teams with a new practice area boasting a full-sized court.

Upgrading the infrastructure of the Millie West Tennis Facility courts is much needed as it will help in providing a more enriching experience to the players. Additional funds will be allocated for the resurfacing and stabilization of current courts, the addition of new courts and installation of upgraded fan seating.

The Dillard Practice Facility — presently employed by the soccer and lacrosse teams — will also be enhanced and expanded. A new turf practice field will come up and improvements will be made to the grass field.

William & Mary has teamed up with Mosely and HNTB Architects as well as DPR Construction to make certain that the project uses to the hilt the latest trends and technological opportunities.

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