UF to renovate O’Connell Center, won’t be ready for start 2016-17

The new seating bowl. (GatorZone.com)
The new seating bowl. (GatorZone.com)

The University of Florida will renovate the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in order to provide a better experience for students and fans. Some renovations will start this fall with major construction starting in the spring of 2016 causing the facility to be shut down.

The renovation will cost $64.5 million, and will include a seating bowl update, the addition of premium seating areas, installation of a state-of-the-art center-hung scoreboard, upgrades to team spaces and an enhanced concourse to improve the fan experience.

The project is expected to be finished by December 2016, which will force the Gators to play some early 2016-17 home games “around the state of Florida, in cities and venues to be determined.”

The Grand Entrance at the O'Connell Center. (GatorZone.com)
The Grand Entrance at the O’Connell Center. (GatorZone.com)

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