Alabama OKs phase 2 of athletics updates featuring new arena, golf facility

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Audra Phillips

The University of Alabama System is moving forward with its extensive Crimson Standard plan, as the board of trustees approved the start of Phase II Friday.

New updates coming include a new arena for basketball and gymnastics and an updated golf facility.

The Crimson Standard is Alabama Athletics’ 10-year, $600 million initiative to improve the student-athlete experience, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for Crimson Tide fans. So far, it’s raised more than $470 million toward its goal.

The first phase featured major updates to Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility and John and Ann Rhoads Softball Stadium.

This new phase will cost UA $183 million for the arena and $27 million for the golf facility. The golf facility will feature a nine-hole course, driving range, indoor hitting ranges, gyms and other features.

“The reason this is happening now is because Nate Oats is creating a program here,” said UA student Trey Dickey. “He has brought national attention to basketball.”

The new arena will be used for men’s and women’s basketball as well as gymnastics. It will feature more than 10,000 seats, including a larger student section and brand-new premium and club seating.

“I think it’s gonna be a great thing for Alabama Athletics, a great thing for recruiting, and hopefully we can get some really good athletes not only because we’re building the arena, but because we’re building a program,” said Dickey. “I think it will be a really good addition to Alabama Athletics.”

Coleman Coliseum will continue being used for team practices and office space until the new arena is complete.

Categories: Local News