New Alabama arena, golf complex get green light for formal planning
Alabama athletics moved one step closer Friday to a new arena as well as a new golf complex.
The full UA System Board of Trustees met Friday and voted to give Stage I approval so that the Crimson Tide staff can formally proceed with project planning.
Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne presented a proposal to the board's physical properties committee Thursday that included a recommendation for constructing a new arena after Byrne and his staff had studied other arenas around the country.
The proposal included a $183 million cost for the arena, $62 million of which would come from the Crimson Standard, Alabama's capital initiative for athletics. The difference would come from bonds.
The arena would have just under 10,400 seats, per Byrne's proposal.
Originally, the Crimson Standard called for renovations to Coleman Coliseum, which opened in 1968. That changed after UA looked at other arenas such as those at Ole Miss, Virginia, Illinois, James Madison, Cincinnati and DePaul. That process led to plans for a new arena.
Byrne also shared a proposal for a $26.8 million golf complex that the board approved Friday. The proposal called for a golf practice facility with a new nine-hole course, driving range, short-game practice area and an 18,000-square foot golf house.
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