AD Jeff Long: Razorbacks Targeting 'Fall' For Football Ops Construction To Begin

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2011 1:00 pm  

Construction on Arkansas' football operations center could begin this fall. That is as specific as the timetable gets for now, however. (Photo by University of Arkansas)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Construction on Arkansas’ football operations center could begin this fall. That is as specific as the timetable gets for now, however.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long told reporters prior to the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club meeting on Monday that the $24-35 million project is not yet ready for a definitive start date.

“I can’t tell you if that’s September, October or November. We’re putting together those timelines now,” Long said. Arkansas will begin work on the center itself, then construction will begin on the elevated practice fields/parking deck at a later date.

Work continues by Long and his staff to raise money for the 80,000-square foot center. Currently, major gift donor are being sought, including somebody that would be interested in securing naming rights for the facility.

Long said a drive to reach lower-level donors will begin at a later date. Arkansas’ Board of Trustees approved the purchase of $25 million in bonds earlier this month, which will allow the project to begin even if all the private funds have not been raised.

“I think you’ll see later in the summer kind of the mass, broader appeal for fans to step up and join in,” Long said. “Right now we’re in the not so quiet phase. Everybody knows we’re out fundraising. We’re still focusing on individuals who might want to step up and help us.”

Lead architect Populous Inc. had initially targeted April as a possible groundbreaking date.

Below is a roundup of football ops facility stories:

Long Says '$10 Million' More Sought For Razorback Operations Project (March 5, 2011)

UA Board Grants Initial OK For Football Center Bond Issue (Jan. 28, 2011)

Arkansas Seeking Board of Trustees Approval for Football Facility Funding (Jan. 22, 2011)

[Slideshow] A Peek At What Arkansas' Football Operations Facility Might Look Like (Jan. 19, 2011)

 

 

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