Longhorns announce $4.25 million renovation project for basketball facilities, arena
22 September 2017
Texas head coach Tom Herman made headlines this past offseason for his expensive renovations to the Longhorns' football facilities.
Now Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart is picking up where Herman left off. The program announced a variety of upgrades to both the Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns' home arena, and the team's practice facilities Thursday. The renovations will cost $4.25 million, according to Texas Athletics.
"The upgrades to the Texas Basketball facilities demonstrate the commitment that The University of Texas has to both basketball programs," athletics director Mike Perrin said. "The Frank Erwin Center and Denton A. Cooley Pavilion will be the homes of our basketball programs for the next several years. The investment in these upgrades will provide the necessary assets for our student-athletes and enhance a game day experience that Texas fans expect."
An upgraded display system highlights the changes, with a new center-hung video board and 360-degree wraparound screen set to improve the Frank Erwin Center's in-game presentation. The arena floor will also receive a new paint job.
Meanwhile, the practice facility will feature new floors, wall designs and upgraded locker rooms. All renovations are scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2017-18 season.