Ole Miss Hoops Makes Move To Majestic Practice Facility
OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss Basketball’s facilities took a big jump in the national hoops landscape when the university announced plans in January 2008 to raise funds for the construction of a multi-million dollar practice facility for use by the men’s and women’s teams.
The $13 million project for the 51,000-square-foot Basketball Practice Facility became a reality this winter when both teams officially began holding practices inside the majestic facility. Renee Ladner’s women’s team held its first practice Dec. 26, while Andy Kennedy’s squad made the move to the BPF for its initial practice inside the building Jan 11.
Both coaching staffs have already moved into the facility and are expected to be completely relocated by the end of the month. In addition, all landscaping and decorating is estimated to be finished by the end of the summer.
The facility is located on the corner of Coliseum Drive and Hill Drive, across from the Gillom Sports Center, and within sight of Tad Smith Coliseum. With its red brick and white columns matching the campus architecture, the structure will be a cornerstone in the impressive complex of athletics facilities on the southwest corner of the campus.
“We really appreciate the commitment that Bill Yates and his company have made to Ole Miss athletics,” said Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone. “We look forward to our partnership with such a quality company.”
“Our team is committed to succeeding at the highest level and representing Ole Miss on the national stage every March. This practice facility gives us a much-needed tool to accomplish our goals,” said Kennedy.
“We have the tradition, the players and coaches, and the desire. We need a top-notch facility. The University has invested in state-of-the-art buildings in nearly every sport — now it’s basketball’s turn,” said Ladner.
The facility includes four distinct spaces public, staff (coaches), team and individual practice courts for both men's and women's teams.
Spaces for the public include an attractive main rotunda/lobby to receive visitors and display men’s and women’s basketball memorabilia and a multimedia/entertainment meeting room that can be used for Media Days as well as for video presentations and team functions.
The staff/coaches spaces are adjacent to the rotunda/lobby, where receptionists can direct visitors to their destinations. A separate entrance for coaches is provided. Coaches' offices, a conference room, a copy center, and staff locker and dressing facilities complete the suites. The head coaches' offices provide direct access to and view of their respective practice courts.
The team spaces are specialized with shared weight and training rooms, and separate men's and women's film rooms, including computer terminals and video access. Separate team lounges also include computer access, game area and a kitchenette. Finally, there are spacious locker and dressing facilities, with a central laundry, video editing rooms, small guest viewing space of the courts, storage and equipment storage.
Individual practice courts for the men's and women's teams eliminate the scheduling conflicts that occur regularly when both teams are sharing one court for all practices and games. Practice courts for each team allow both the men and women to maximize their practice time and achieve their full potential as players. Additional space was included to provide for individual practice of three point shooting without interrupting others practicing.
The design team includes Mills & Mills Architects, PC (Architect), CGM Group (Mechanical), The Power Source (Electrical), Williams Engineering (Site) and Springer Engineering (Structural).
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