College Venue News: Grand Valley State To Spend $8.3M on Club Team Facilities

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, will spend $8.3 million for new athletic fields with a mixture of artificial turf and natural grass, largely to meet the needs of expanding club sports. The plan also calls for a new outdoor track, replacing one at Lubbers Stadium that, for years, has been unsuitable for competition. GVSU teams have been forced to conduct track meets at area high schools because the existing track does not meet NCAA specifications. “We’re a residential campus, so people live here and they play here,” James Moyer, GVSU’s assistant VP for facilities planning, told trustees before they unanimously approved the project this week…

…The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents approved plans to build 12 outdoor tennis courts for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The courts will be located in the northwest corner of the OSU athletic village. The plan was approved on Oct. 22. Cowboys coach James Wadley said the process to build new courts started about 30 years ago. “We’ve asked for courts,” he said. “The university has promised us courts when they took away the 11 by the stadium and six by Wentz. Basically, we have eight courts to serve 20,000 students and faculty and both tennis teams. It is the smallest amount of tennis courts for any major university”…

…What’s a tenth of a second, really? Sometimes, nothing. But college basketball is all about these little moments. After implementing changes at the Division I level in the past few seasons, the NCAA continues to tweak its backboard and scoreboard lighting with LED technology and implement new timing mechanisms for Division II and III basketball to add precision to the sport. Starting with the 2010-11 season, the NCAA requires teams to place a red light behind each backboard or LED lights around the backboard. Teams also will be required to implement a timing system that counts off tenths of a second on the game clock.

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