UMass Breaks Ground on New Sports Facilities

Major construction work at the state university’s flagship campus commences when the University of Massachusetts begins its renovation of McGuirk Stadium this Friday, April 26 by breaking ground for the multi-million-dollar UMass Performance Center.

The university will begin construction of its new Basketball Champions Center on the same day. Both events are planned in conjunction with the university’s 150th Anniversary Alumni Weekend festivities.

The 53,000-square-foot Champions Center will provide practice and training facilities for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and their coaching staffs. The estimated cost of the Champions Center is $28.5 million. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.

The 55,000-square-foot Performance Center will serve similar functions for the football team, and is expected to cost $34.5 million. Renovations include updating McGuirk Stadium’s press box, which UMass’ new football conference, the Mid-American Conference (MAC), deemed insufficient for current media broadcast operations. (Previously the team played in the Colonial Athletic Conference.) The MAC has a multi-year television deal with ESPN.

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