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Basketball Practice Facility Update

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    WACO, Texas - Baylor University's Board of Regents today approved plans for a basketball practice facility for the men's and women's basketball programs.

    Ground-breaking is expected to begin October 1 on the new $7.9 million state-of-the-art facility. The building, which totals nearly 43,000 square feet, will be an addition to the Ferrell Center which has been home to Baylor basketball since 1988.

    "I am grateful to the Board of Regents and our generous donors for making this project a reality," director of athletics Ian McCaw said. "The basketball practice facility will be one of the finest in the nation and will be consistent with the status that our basketball programs have and will reach. This advances one of our highest priorities within the Victory With Integrity Campaign, however, we have much yet to accomplish."

    The project is expected to be completed by August in time for the 2006-2007 season and will be a boost for both the men's and women's basketball programs. The new facility will alleviate scheduling conflicts that currently remove the teams from training on the lone existing court during various campus events hosted at the Ferrell Center.

    "I know our basketball staff is extremely excited about the addition of a new practice facility," men's coach Scott Drew said. "We know it will make a difference in recruiting and player development. And we thank all the Baylor faithful for once again stepping up to help us reach our goals in the endeavor. Being part of the Baylor family is truly special."

    Included in plans for the facility are two full-size practice courts, a 6,600-square foot full-service strength and conditioning center, office suites for the coaching staffs, an entry plaza, a VIP suite and a display corridor.

    "I am excited and grateful that the basketball practice facility has been given approval by the Board of Regents," women's coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "It is a facility that is much needed. With a basketball specific facility, we will never be displaced by other events. The new building will help us not only in our daily preparations but will be a tremendous asset in our recruiting of top-caliber student-athletes."

    Fundraising will continue for the project and naming opportunities are still available. For more information contact Cathy Pleitz at 254-710-2561 in the Baylor development office.