The University of Texas has unveiled a series of upgrades to its basketball facilities, including the Frank Erwin Center. Estimated at a cost of $4.25 million, the project will lead to a new videoboard and 360-degree ribbon display at the Frank Erwin Center, renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms at the Denton A. Cooley Pavilion, and other improvements. The renovations are scheduled to be completed before the 2017-18 season.
“The upgrades to the Texas Basketball facilities demonstrate the commitment that The University of Texas has to both basketball programs,” said Texas Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin. “The Frank Erwin Center and Denton A. Cooley Pavilion will be the homes of our basketball programs for the next several years. The investment in these upgrades will provide the necessary assets for our student-athletes and enhance a game day experience that Texas fans expect.”
The Erwin Center’s new 9-display centerhung video system will improve fan experience by providing clearer and sharper video content as well as comprehensive, in-progress statistical information. The configuration will consist of four main video displays, four upper game in-progress displays and a lower ring display. Each main display will measure 12.5 feet high by 23 feet wide – the equivalent of nearly 27 total 60-inch televisions. Each upper game in-progress display will measure 6 feet high by 28 feet wide. The lower ring display will measure 3 feet high by 68 feet in circumference. Additionally, a new 360-degree ribbon display measuring 689 feet will be installed around the seating fascia of the main seating bowl. Daktronics is performing the installation and upgrade of the display systems.
The Frank Erwin Center will also feature new game day basketball court graphics.
Denton A. Cooley Pavilion is nearing completion of extensive upgrades designed to enhance the overall student-athlete experience. New basketball floors, wall graphics and scoreboards are being installed along with a complete remodel of the locker rooms and player lounge areas for both teams. The Men’s and Women’s teams each worked with Longhorn Locker Company to design the new lockers.
“The future is bright for both Texas Basketball programs”, said Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky. “We want to make sure our student-athletes train and compete in the best facilities in the country.”
Rendering courtesy Texas Athletics.