Liberty athletic director Ian McCaw gave an update on the various construction projects on athletic facilities that are ongoing at Liberty right now.
The three projects ongoing are the Liberty Football Center expansion and renovation, the new Liberty Arena, and the renovation of the Williams Stadium Carter Tower.
“The Liberty Football Center project is complete with the exception of a small number of just some punch list items,” McCaw said. “Coach Freeze and his staff have moved into the LFC. We’re going to be doing a virtual tour of this facility.”
This 80,000 square feet and $25 million facility will serve as the football team’s headquarters. It includes the coaching staff’s offices, meeting rooms, a weight room, training room, locker room, and players lounge.
“It is spectacular,” McCaw said of the new football facility. “It’s really going to be a game changer for us. Between the LFC and the indoor practice facility, those give us elite Power Five level facilities for a football program. We’re really excited about what that’s going to do for us.”
Additionally, the new home of Liberty men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, the Liberty Arena, is undergoing construction. It is still on schedule to open this fall.
“The opening games are going to be the second week of November,” McCaw said. “Looks like we’ll have a men’s game to open in basketball (on Nov. 10) and the 12th a women’s game. We’re excited about that. That will be a superior facility, great environment and home court advantage for our teams.”
The volleyball team could have its entire home schedule played in Liberty Arena, but contingency plans are being made now in case that does not happen.
“We’re still working on a couple of those options,” said McCaw. “Right now there is a possibility that they could play their entire home season in Liberty Arena. We’re not 100% certain on that, and if that’s not the case we have talked about a couple contingency plans but we haven’t finalized those at this point.”
Liberty also announced plans for renovations to Williams Stadium’s Carter Tower last week.
“The Williams Stadium Carter Tower project renovation has begun,” said McCaw. “It’s also on schedule to be ready for the fall, and that will include some new luxury indoor seats, some added hospitality space, and improvement to our existing space.”
The rest of the FBS and FCS levels are pinching pennies knowing the pandemic has severely restricted revenue. How is Liberty flush with cash, why are they not feeling the affects of the revenue crunch across the NCAA and is massive facility upgrades a smart use of funds during this time?
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