“Our administration and the Seminole Boosters have done a terrific job of working to upgrade and enhance our basketball facilities,” said Head Coach for Men’s Basketball Leonard Hamilton. “We are grateful for their belief in our program and their desire to see our program continue to help our student-athletes play in a first-class facility.”
The entire basketball area at the Tucker Center is being redesigned for the new locker rooms, training room and future student lounges. The previous men’s, women’s, visitor and officials’ locker rooms, including restrooms, total approximately 3,600 square feet, with each locker room encompassing approximately 900 square feet. The renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms are significantly roomier at approximately 1,300 square feet each. The new training room will be approximately 1,050 square feet. These areas are in construction now with a completion date planned in time for the upcoming season. The infrastructure for players lounges is being prepared and will be completed at a later date.
“Our new locker rooms and the new medical (training room) area at the Tucker Center are great additions to our arena. I know that every player on our team is thankful to our administration and the Seminole Boosters for everything they do for us,” said Terance Mann, freshman guard on the men’s team. “They help us in more ways than we know and this is another incredible example of the support for the basketball program.”
In addition to the larger renovations, an innovative enhancement to the basketball arena has been added. A used basketball court has been acquired to increase the practice space for players. The additional court was cut in half, allowing each half to be temporarily installed at either end of the main court during practice times. The expanded practice space helps alleviate practice scheduling between the men’s and women’s teams, and provides six additional baskets for use during practice.
Deputy Athletics Director Karl Hicks is serving as a project manager for the renovations. “The Atlantic Coast Conference is the premier college basketball league in the country with some of the best basketball facilities to date at ACC member schools. The goal of FSU basketball is to become a premier basketball program and the renovations are an important piece in building toward that future. The locker rooms and other improvements at the Tucker Center are among other supports to the total program.”
Donors make it possible
“Our Seminole Boosters help Florida State Athletics stay competitive in terms of facilities,” said Head Coach for Women’s Basketball Sue Semrau. “The additional upgrades coming to the Tucker Center are just another way we try to enhance the student-athlete experience. A big investment has been made into basketball at Florida State University, and we’re all proud to be a part of it.”
The Seminole Boosters are proud to have several donors who are providing substantial financial assistance to the renovations. Among the exceptional donors to the project are Seminole Boosters Board of Directors Vice Chairman Nylah Thompson and her husband H. L. Hartford. Their generous contribution is providing for the renovations to the women’s locker room.
“Our women players are amazing to watch,” said Thompson. “They play for the love of the game and for an education, as there are few opportunities in women’s basketball after college. It warms my heart. It’s hard to juggle athletics and academics and do well in both. It’s amazing to watch these young women excel on the court and in the classroom. I admire them. Coach Sue is amazing, too. She is a tremendous person and a great leader. We want to show our support to our team and FSU. I believe that improving our facilities helps us with recruiting, building better teams and being more competitive in the ACC. One recruit can make a difference on a team. Look at the success of Tennessee in the 1990s and Connecticut in the past several years. Florida State can do the same thing. We can build our program and bring the National Championship to Tallahassee.”
Senior Associate Athletics Director Vanessa Fuchs believes the comprehensive upgrades and renovations being done at the Tucker Center will positively impact FSU’s entire sports program. “Many schools can say they have a renown program in one or two sports. FSU has renown programs in all four ticketed sports; men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and football, and all twenty of our individual sports programs are nationally competitive. We are excited about all the renovations and upgrades taking place at the Tucker Center. We are building state-of-the-art facilities that will rival the best facilities in the country. Not only will this have a direct impact on the student experience for our present athletes and recruits, the renovations at the Tucker Center will enhance the entire athletic program at FSU.”
Thank you to the following major gift contributors for making this project possible:
Nylah Thompson and HL Hartford
Bob and Pam Sasser
Jim and Linda Owens