TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said one of the first times he had been to McKale Center was 1987, and when he arrived for his current position four years ago, one of the first things he thought was “it looks very similar.”And not in a good way. Like many of the sports facilities at the University of Arizona, McKale Center has long needed a facelift.Built from 1970-73 for a cost of $8.1 million, the building will finally see the first stages of its upgrades in the coming weeks when Arizona will debut of its state-of-the-art, high-definition scoreboards (four 12-foot-by-19-foot display boards), which cover 25 percent more space than the current one. Those are scheduled to debut for the start of Pac-12 play next month.Miller said the project “is a big step up for us in our facilities in where we operate on a day-to-day basis,” Byrne said.Arizona president Dr. Ann Hart called McKale Center “an iconic building, but being iconic could be a compliment or it can be a little bit of a problem. We want McKale to be an iconic building with a new facelift.”The remaining projects for the initial phase of renovations will begin in… Read full this story
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