Update on University of Dayton's $72 million arena upgrade
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.The $72 million renovation of the 50-year old UD Arena will be the largest project in UD’s 167-year history.
Dayton Daily News, 5-10-17
The renovation the University of Dayton Arena will feature the replacement of all 13,450 seats, installation of air conditioning and new WiFi, a sweeping 360-degree main concourse around the bowl and dramatic seating section and broadcast booth changes.
Said UD President Eric Spina, "Obviously, the arena’s transformation will strengthen our visibility on a national level for our basketball programs. This arena is much more than the site of championship basketball. It’s a very special place where we send our graduates out into the world.”
"It’s also is a sacred liturgical space,” he said. "At least twice a year we celebrate Catholic Mass for students and their families when they first arrive at the University of Dayton and when they graduate, at baccalaureate Mass the day before commencement.”
UD Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said, "This is not just a renovation; it's a transformational project. UD Arena will turn 50 years old in 2019. For it to serve the community and as the home for Flyers basketball – as well as NCAA Tournament games – for the next several decades, it requires a bold, significant upgrade."
Calling the Dayton Flyers "unquestionably one of the top programs nationally,” Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade said the renovation will establish the standard for college arenas and motivate other universities to follow suit.
She said, "It will be a game changer for the University of Dayton as well as the rest of the Atlantic 10 conference. The standard and state-of-the-art amenities that will be here will set the bar.”
- The venue will be encircled with a full, branded concourse with a new main lobby and team store, and restrooms (an 80% increase in toilets and sinks for women).
- Inside the seating bowl for 2017 will be a new scoreboard and LED ribbon boards installed along with enhanced audio systems.
- Looming over the corners of the arena will be four terraces, which will be fully installed in the final phase of the project.
- Flanking the sidelines between the 200/300 sections will be new club seats backed by two new lounges for the exclusive use of club seat ticket holders.
- High atop the 400s on the east side of the arena — the nosebleeds — will be a newly built gathering area loaded with televisions, lined with windows overlooking the Great Miami River and accessible by elevator.
- Views from there will be enhanced with the removal of a hanging crow’s nest catwalk for broadcasting, which will be nixed in favor of better angles for television.
- Americans with Disabilities Act seating will increase from 46 to 78.
This summary has been adroitly and artfully condensed by the Clips Editor from an article in the Dayton Daily News titled "UD Arena’s $72 million upgrade biggest project in university history" posted on 5-10-17.