Alabama OKs plan for new arena for basketball, gymnastics

February 4, 2022 GMT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama trustees approved a plan on Friday to construct a new basketball and gymnastics arena that would replace 54-year-old Coleman Coliseum at a cost of $183 million.

The new facility would seat about 10,130 people, or roughly 4,300 less than Coleman, which would become a practice site.

The project, which would also include a practice facility for the university’s golf teams, is part of an overall, $600 million plan to improve athletics facilities over a decade. More than $470 million already has been raised, and athletics director Greg Byrne said that work would continue.

“We’ll be starting to talk more directly with architects and get further ideas and designs put together on what it can look like to hopefully, eventually, get a shovel in the ground on this,” he said.

Originally opened in 1968, Coleman Coliseum was built at a cost of $4.2 million. A proposal submitted to trustees by athletics said extensive renovations to Coleman would have cost about $150 million.

Plans indicated the university could seek bids for the project in April 2023.