Creighton officials have decided where to locate the school’s new basketball practice facility.
Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen said Friday the $10.5 million facility will be built just south of the Ryan Center, which houses Creighton’s athletic department and D.J. Sokol Arena.
The new building will include practice courts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams in addition to an academic support center, weight room and athletic training facilities for all student-athletes. Construction is expected to begin early in 2013 and be completed in about a year.
Officials also were considering a site about two blocks south of the Ryan Center at 19th and Cass Streets.
Rasmussen said the location also could bring a cosmetic change to the north side of Morrison Stadium. A berm that now sits just north of the playing field could be cut down.
“They will have to bring fill dirt in for the new building,” Rasmussen said. “We’re looking into flattening out the berm to supply the dirt for the project. If it turns out to be cost-neutral, we’ll flatten the berm.”
Original plans for the soccer stadium called for offices and locker rooms to be built at the north end, but that part of the project was scrapped because of costs. The subsequent construction of the Ryan Center eliminated the need for the office-locker room facility.
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