April 10, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University Department of Athletics officially broke ground on its $ 8.5 million state-of-the-art basketball facility which is scheduled to open in April of 2002. The 45,125 square foot facility is being constructed adjacent to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center, which is where the Seminoles play their home games. The building will house two regulation size practice courts, locker room facilities, medical and video offices and study areas and will be utilized by both the Seminole men’s and women’s teams.
“This is a very exciting day, one that we have all looked forward to,” said Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., at the ceremony held Tuesday at the construction site. “This exciting new facility helps us address one of the negatives that we have always had to live with. That is the fact our basketball facilities have been sub-par and in some cases, honestly, inadequate in terms of their space and size. With this building, we will go from a sub-standard facility to a first-class facility that is as good as there is in the country. We will now truly have a home for Florida State basketball.”
The three-story building immediately becomes a major component of both Steve Robinson’s men’s and Sue Semrau’s women’s basketball programs.
The first floor of the building will hold the men’s and women’s team locker rooms with extensive team lounges and study areas. Also on this floor will be coaching staff and support staff locker rooms and equipment areas.
The second floor will hold two regulation size basketball courts that will be mirror images of the game floor inside the Civic Center. Also on the second floor will be a medical/training facility, a weight training area and team meeting rooms that can also be used for press conferences.
The third floor will hold office suites for the men’s and women’s basketball staffs, an extensive video production and editing room and a basketball traditions area. A balcony on the third floor overlooking the courts will add to the aesthetic beauty of the building.
“The building of this facility continues to show our tremendous commitment to the sport of basketball at Florida State. Our recently completed $23 million renovation project of the Civic Center combined with this $8.5 million dollar facility totals a $ 31.5 million dollar enhancement of our basketball programs and their facilities,” added Hart.