Checking in on the new sports complex build

The Northern Light reported in 2010 that the university needed a new sports complex. In 2011 it reported that the university had the finances to make the idea possible.

Now in 2013, the progress on the brand new $109 million arena is visible. The steel beams are up, construction workers are on scene all day and plenty of concrete is being laid.

People have been asking about this for years. Many wondered why the outdated arena that UAA had been using since it joined the NCAA in 1978 is still being used.

The answers have arrived. The $80 million project that originally designed to sit 3,600 people has grown to be a 6,000 seat, $100 million arena.

Stan Vanover, senior project manager for the Facility, Planning & Projects Department of UAA, commented that the biggest attention thus far has been on pouring the concrete and making sure that all of the structured steel is in place.

Vanover was confident that they’d complete that process soon.

“By late March, early April, we plan on having the roof completed and work started on the exterior,” Vanover said.

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Mother nature will play the biggest role in whether the exterior will get done on schedule or not. But, barring extreme weather changes, the senior manager says the project is in budget and on schedule for a 2014 opening.

As you head down Providence Drive, you’ll see construction workers making progress on the arena. The campus location should create an upswing in Seawolf Athletics, as students will no longer have to commute to the Sullivan Arena for certain sporting events.

Add in the recruiting benefits the new facility should bring, and it becomes clear that the arena will be worth the wait.