LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will consider two proposals Friday: naming the remodeled Devaney Center’s new volleyball court in honor of a legendary coach; and renaming a building at Haymarket Park after a recent Husker baseball star.
If approved, the Devaney Center’s new playing surface will be called “Terry Pettit Court,” while the year-old Haymarket indoor practice facility would be known as the “Alex Gordon Training Complex.”
Gordon, a Kansas City Royals outfielder who played for the Huskers from 2003 to 2005, and his wife, Jamie, made a “generous gift” to the Nebraska athletic department, according to the regents’ Friday agenda.
The $4.5 million practice facility, which sits just beyond Bowlin Stadium’s left field wall at the Haymarket Park complex, has been used by both the Husker baseball and softball teams since before last season.
The Devaney Center’s arena area, meanwhile, won’t be open for a while.
Construction on the interior started right after the Nebraska boys state basketball tournament last weekend, but the remodeling of the arena won’t be finished until just before the start of the volleyball season in August. The arena will also be the new home for NU wrestling, while continuing to host Husker gymnastics meets.
“It’s a tight time frame,” said John Ingram, the NU associate athletic director for capital planning and construction. “We’ll be working right up to the first (volleyball) match.”
But portions of the makeover are already complete. Offices and new locker rooms have been added. Some concession stands were updated, too. Construction crews also installed support structures for the new second level on the south side of the building, which will feature a suite level and the volleyball coaches’ offices.
The building’s ceiling, stands and floor all need work now, too, according to Ingram. This week was the start of “heavy demolition” inside the Devaney, Ingram said.
With the regents’ approval, the new volleyball court will be named after Pettit, who coached NU’s volleyball team for 23 seasons. Nebraska alumni Ruth and Bill Scott made a “generous commitment” to the $20 million Devaney renovation project in Pettit’s honor, according to the agenda.
The board’s meeting is set to begin at noon Friday.
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