University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague estimates a new Gophers sports facility will cost $190 million over six to eight years. Teague said the project will be privately-funded, which should be music to the ears of taxpayers tired of pumping money into local sports.
Teague originally estimated an $80 million to $125 million price tag for a new Gophers sports complex.
The plan was presented before the university's Board of Regents on Wednesday.
The proposed Gophers complex would include:
- Academic center
- Training table
- Football complex
- Gymnastics facilities
- Olympic sports indoor practice facility
- Outdoor Olympic track
- Men's and women's basketball practice facility
- Wrestling training facilities
When asked if all coaches at the university have agreed to this proposal, Teague said "that's an understatement."
"They tear up when they see it, they're so happy," he said. "This is not just for football or basketball...this is for everybody."
The Olympic sports indoor practice facility would be available for all sports except football, which has its own complex.
The proposed location of the new Gophers facility is on 15th Avenue SE, between 6th Street and 8th Street – roughly the same city block footprint of the current facilities.
The regents called Teague's proposal a "nice change."
WHAT ABOUT WILLIAMS?
As for the aging Williams Arena, Teague said the basketball facility could get some work on the outer concourse in a second phase of the sports facilities plan.