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It's happening...finally!!! Only Phase 1 of what should be 3 phases. Phase 2 is the core of the current building being revamped and repurposed with expanded locker ooms, etc Phase 3 is a new annex that will host the new entryway, two patios to the outside, concessions, bathrooms, ticketing, and team store...and will face the backside of Casey Stadium. Those two projects require about 20million and Phase 1 was originally slotted at 7.5 but changes to the Phase 2 would increase the costs to Phase 1. No details yet.

This comes on the heels of Phase 1 of the Phys Ed building rehab that would be required to be completed before SEFCU is renovated. That is finished this fall, I believe. That work includes: Initial Project - Rehabilitation of the entire PE Gymnasium (including asbestos abatement) including installing new athletic flooring, room dividers, bleachers, sound / scoreboard systems and other athletics/recreation amenities; Pool Area work includes asbestos abatement, removal of pool equipment/filtration systems, and infill of the pool basin with the installation of a new structural slab to allow for additional programmed recreational space to be built at a future date

SEFCU will be shut down for this upcoming season. Schedule for SEFCU is:

Bid Date: 4/26/22

Construction Start: Sept. 2022

Construction Completion: Nov 2023
 

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Ok, found the bid info...it's a good one. Update in pricing is at least to 11 million and the locker rooms for men's and women's hoops will be brand new!

The University is completing an interior renovation of the approximately 45,000sf competition space within SEFCU arena.

The renovation includes:
• Removal of the existing bleacher system
• Reorientation of the competition court
• New permanent seating
• New retractable bleachers system
• Improved amenities • New men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms

All work on this Contract shall start five (5) calendar days after the contract approval date of both parties, and be at substantially complete no later than November, 1st, 2023, and fully complete by March 31st, 2024. Bidding and Contract Documents may be examined free of charge at the campus the Office of Architecture, Engineering & Construction Management, at Service Building A and at the following locations: Eastern Contractors Association Inc. McGraw-Hill Construction c/o Dataflow 6 Airline Drive 2215 Central Ave. Albany, NY 12205 Schenectady, NY 12304 Information and Bidding Documents for the Project can be download at the following designated website: www.nyplanroom.com Bidding Documents may be viewed and bid packages may be purchased/downloaded from the designated website by prospective bidders. Prospective Bidders must purchase sets from the designated website as a plan holder, even if Bidding Documents are obtained from a plan room or source other than the designated website in either electronic or paper format. The designated website will be updated periodically with addenda, lists of registered plan holders, reports, and other information relevant to submitting a Bid for the Project. All official notifications, addenda, and other Bidding Documents will be offered only through the designated website. Neither Owner nor Architect will be responsible for Bidding Documents, including addenda, if any, obtained from sources other than the designated website. Printed copies of the Bidding Documents are also available at the bidder’s expense. Please contact Dataflow at [email protected] or 518-463-2192 with any questions on how to obtain a bid package. A pre-bid conference and walk through will be held on Tuesday April 12, 2022 at 9:00am at SEFCU Arena. Bids must be submitted in duplicate in accordance with the instructions contained in the Information for Bidders. Security will be required for each bid in an amount not less than five (5) percent of the Total Bid. All work shall be in accordance with construction drawings and specifications. Contractor must be able to secure a performance bond for the full amount of their bid and should be prepared to anticipate a value more than $ 11,000,000 for this project. Please note that this project is exempt from the Wicks Law. Designated contacts for this project shall include Primary Contacts Jay Minkler, 518-442-3400, [email protected]
 

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Recap:

  • Plans: UAlbany P-1101 Rehabilitate SEFCU Arena - Bldg. 105 :: Plans :: Dataflow Online Planroom (nyplanroom.com)
  • Bid Date: 4/26/22
  • Construction Start: 9/22
  • Construction Completion: 11/23
  • SEFCU Closed During Reno: Yes
  • Cost: $11M for Phase 1
  • Capacity: 3,501 w/o floor seats | 3,767 w/ floor seats | 4,663 w/ additional floor seats for concerts (graduations?) | 9,706 total capacity allowed so for big events, expect the arena to be at current capacity of 4,500.
  • Locker Rooms: New for Men and Women, will contain film rooms and have a players lounge with touch screen system built in the film rooms for analysis/game planning in each one.
  • Seats: Purple, 18" Wide and 10" Deep for the limited bleacher seats, 20" wide for seat backs, which make up most of the seats, furthest seat will be 21'6" from the floor - Seat company is https://www.husseyseating.com/content/MXP/HSC-CourtSide-XC10-2.pdf
  • Aisles: Will have lights and branding.
  • Field Cart Storage
  • Capital Club- 2 of them, Concourse Bar in both NW and NE corners on Mezzanine level
  • Can be used for volleyball matches
  • Paint colors in the arena and locker areas will include: Roycroft Pewter (darker gray); inkwell (really dark gray); Nebulous White; Gris Morado (almost a lavender look); UA Purple;
  • Ton of new cabling and AV wiring. New speakers. New Broadcast wiring and capacities. New lighting, including broadcast lighting for HD.
 

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Awesome and exciting! Great for Albany and the league. Congrats Dane fans.
 

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UVM new arena under 3300 for hoops. AE average attendance is 1,600-ish. Only 12 leagues average over 4,000 fans. Not light at all for the size and scope. You have to remember, we also have the MVP arena downtown for our use, at 17,000 seats.
 

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Just seems strange to me because I feel like back before The Scandal decimated the program, Binghamton was averaging 3.5K a game and for big games was over 4K.

Obviously, Binghamton was leading the AE attendance back then, but still, the prospect of Vermont hosting a championship game with barely over 3K seems small. I think Binghamton had over 5K when they hosted UMBC for the title game.
 

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Just seems strange to me because I feel like back before The Scandal decimated the program, Binghamton was averaging 3.5K a game and for big games was over 4K.

Obviously, Binghamton was leading the AE attendance back then, but still, the prospect of Vermont hosting a championship game with barely over 3K seems small. I think Binghamton had over 5K when they hosted UMBC for the title game.
4,500 would have been my number. However, going almost exclusively chairbacks takes up space. The current capacity is 4500 but is primarily bleacher seating. Additionally, The phase 3 annex building potentially could allow for luxury box seating and a club deck which would add more capacity.
 

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Honestly, UNH could easily move into the Whittemore Center.
That was kind of my point. They are possibly the school that hasn't recently or doesn't plan to remodel that is furthest from doing so. I just get a bad feeling that at the very least the scope of the basketball related renovation will be scaled back pretty heavily if it happens at all.
 

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Just seems strange to me because I feel like back before The Scandal decimated the program, Binghamton was averaging 3.5K a game and for big games was over 4K.

Obviously, Binghamton was leading the AE attendance back then, but still, the prospect of Vermont hosting a championship game with barely over 3K seems small. I think Binghamton had over 5K when they hosted UMBC for the title game.
That was also 12-15 years ago. Mid-major basketball attendance numbers have taken a nosedive across the board, as has attendance for pretty much all sporting events outside of things like the Super Bowl.
 
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