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U of M unveils $190M sports facility proposal

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On the University of Minnesota campus, the buildings speak to the generations, and for many, athletics top the list of memories, namesakes and consequently, renovations.

"It's going to cost us some money and we'll go out and privately raise it," athletic director Norwood Teague said while unveiling his grand vision to the Board of Regents.

It's a $190 million "athletic village" including new training facilities for football, basketball, and Olympic sports, along with an academic center and dining facilities for student athletes to be located in the area around the Bierman Athletic Complex.

All the money is set to be raised privately.

"I do believe there are donors more inclined to give to Gopher athletics more than our academic program," University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler said.

The varied interests of students bring varied opinions on the facility.

"If building a facility means we all have access to it, bring it on," student Taylor Hall said.

FOX 9 ran into the meeting of the ballroom dancing club, which wouldn't mind its own space. Neither would men's gymnastics, which has been in this cramped space in cook hall without air conditioning for nearly 100 years.

Norwood Teague points to the University of Nebraska for inspiration.Their new basketball training facility looks like some out of MTV Cribs with iPads in the locker room, and flat screen TVs in the bathroom.

U of M students are accustomed to one tuition increase after another, and this may be a tough sell as they may never get to use the facilities.

"I'm not a student athlete not using it, but when we win sports events we win more money for people like me," student Meg Hughes-Morrison said quizzically.


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

Read more: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/22807206/gophers-sports-practice-facility-plan#ixzz2Yk8tI6D6

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