Board of Trustees to consider upgrades, addition to Auburn Arena
Auburn’s Board of Trustees next week will consider a proposed addition to Auburn Arena, including an item on Bruce Pearl’s wishlist as he reportedly receives interest from Louisville.
The meeting is Feb. 4 in Montgomery, and Tom Green of AL.com reported that the official agenda for the meeting includes an item concerning a new practice gym at Auburn Arena.
The plans include construction of a new, second practice gym and to renovate the existing team support spaces, and the presentation will be made by Athletics Director Allen Greene and associate vice president for facilities Dan King. The facility is simply too busy to have enough room for all of the teams that need to use it.
“Due to the heavy use of the Auburn Arena main court as the competition venue for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s gymnastics, and visiting team pre-game practice sessions, the main court is often not available for team practice sessions,” according to the agenda item listed in the meeting materials. “The proposed project… will allow both the men’s and women’s basketball programs to conduct practices at times that are advantageous to student-athletes and bring their facilities to Southeastern Conference competitive standards.”
The new practice gym and facility upgrades would be funded by gift funds and bonds, with the debt service of the bonds paid for by athletics department funds.
It is set to be the latest renovation to Auburn Arena in recent years. The facility, which first opened in 2010, experienced $3 million upgrades to the men’s and women’s locker rooms prior to the 2019-20 season. The following offseason, the program also unveiled a new scoreboard with wraparound LED video display.