The O’Connell Center that Florida fans have come to know and love over the past 33 years will soon be receiving a massive facelift. On Tuesday, it was announced that plans to renovate the building had been approved by the University Athletic Association.
A total budget of $45 million will be spent to bring the O’Dome into the 21st century. Renovations will break ground in March 2015, and are estimated to be completed in February 2016.
According to Chris Harry of GatorZone.com, the new-look O’Connell Center will include:
A splashy main entrance that will serve as an open circulation area and house ticketing and retail sales areas.
New concession stands, club seating and a club lounge, plus an open concourse where guests can navigate the facility more easily.
Installation of chair-back seats throughout the arena, replacing the bleachers in the lower bowl.
Renovation of all offices and locker rooms.
A center-hung, high-definition video board and new sound system, along with updating to the arena’s infrastructure (mechanical, electrical and plumbing).
After construction is complete, the championship squads that call the O’Dome home will have an incredible venue in which to compete.
For quotes from Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, coaches, and more details on the construction process, including what it means for Florida’s home games, check out Chris Harry’s piece.