UL Athletic Facilities To Get Major Makeover In The Years Ahead
UL has announced that they do indeed have a big vision for UL Athletics and that it does include major renovations to many of it's facilities. However, there is no timetable set as to when these projects will begin.
The Advertiser reports that UL-Lafayette does have a master plan for athletic-facility improvements, the first phase of which — compiling a comprehensive list of the needs of every Ragin' Cajuns sports program, after meeting with all relevant coaches and administrators — has been addressed with the aid of Kansas City, Mo.-based 360 Architecture.
As you can see in the artist rendering above, there are major plans to renovate a very outdated Cajun Field. There appears to be a plan to add more seats in the south end zone and even add an open-air, green-space quad behind the northern end zone of Cajun Field. In addition, 1,200 club seats and 40 private boxes will be added for Cajun Field. Of course, none of this is official as funding for these projects has yet to be discussed.
According to The Advertiser's report, "Initial plans also call for the construction of a 71,000-square-foot facility, adjacent on a 90-degree angle to the existing Leon Moncla Practice Facility, that will house Cajun and visitor football locker rooms, football staff offices, a video editing suite, 6,000 square feet of meeting space that will include a 130-to-150 person auditorium, an 18,800-square-foot weight room and nutrition center, a 10,000-square-foot athletic training center and a 5,700-square-foot equipment room."
While many of these projects may not be completed for quiet some time, its still refreshing to know that UL-Lafayette has a big vision for it's athletic programs. There appears to be many changes coming to the facilities, now let's just hope that the community and the alumni share the same vision as the university.
For more on the university's master plan and vision of UL Athletics visit The Advertiser.