The University of Connecticut in the US has broken ground on a $35m basketball development centre, designed by the architectural firm Populous.
The 78,000ft² facility will be located on the site of the old Memorial Stadium near Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut.
Populous said that after completion the basketball development centre will be one of the largest basketball training facilities on a college campus.
The facility will feature practice courts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with film rooms, locker rooms and coaches’ offices.
The facility will also feature academic support facilities and spaces for video analysis, sports medicine, strength training, hydrotherapy and dining.
The new centre will also house a hall of fame, coaching staff facilities and student lounges.
Daniel O’ Connell and Sons is serving as the contractor on the project, which is expected to open in 2014.
Populous project manager for the centre John Fickel said the facility will be an asset to the campus and will support the university’s storied basketball programmes as well as the development of their student-athletes.
"The design incorporates both the program’s basketball history and architectural style of the campus while introducing glass, steel and bold graphics to provide a modern expression," Fickel said.
The University of Connecticut Foundation has already raised 75% of the cost through donations for the project.
In 2012, the University of Arkansas in the US also selected Populous to design a new basketball practice facility, which is expected to cost between $20m and $25m.
Image: The university’s new basketball development centre is claimed to be one of the largest basketball training facilities on a college campus. Photo: Populous.