[Updated] A Look at Renderings for the Proposed University of Arkansas Football Center

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 10:21 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

A basketball practice facility is also a possibility and Long mentioned the possibility Barnhill Arena could be “brought down” if the cost to operate the historic facility continues to rise. A new 5,000-seat arena would be built in place of Barnhill for volleyball and gymnastics.

The UA Board of Trustees gave the OK for the athletic department to seek architectural renderings of a “football operations” center when approving Populous Inc.’s Request for Quotation (RFQ) for an athletic facilities master plan in January.

Little Rock firm Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects is charged with overseeing the football facility portion of the master plan.  Fayetteville’s Modus Studios is also involved in the master planning process.

Lead firm Populous Inc., which has done work for nine of 12 SEC schools including Arkansas, has a wide range of athletic facilities experience. Populous has overseen renovation or new construction on football complexes at such schools as the University of Connecticut, South Florida and Virginia Tech.

Football has seen a number of upgrades since Petrino was hired. First came the purchase of $700,000 in video equipment. Field turf was added to Reynolds Razorback Stadium at the cost of $1.1 million. Graphics have been added throughout the team meeting space, and additional video upgrades were made to the football strength and conditioning center.



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