Multi-phased Smith Center renovations to begin next year

The University is planning a $7 million, two-phased renovation plan to Smith Center that is slated to begin after next basketball season, administrators told The Hatchet.

The first phase will include a complete renovation of the lower level, which houses locker rooms, training facilities and a media room, Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said. The University also plans to renovate the Athletic Director’s Club space and create stairs from that upper-level room to the baseline, where new courtside seats may be installed.

The second phase is less concrete. Kvancz said he hopes to replace upper-bleachers with stadium-style seats.

The project will be largely financed with money raised from Athletic Director Advisory Committee donations.

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