Arena Auditorium construction begins Monday

Wyoming's $30-million, Arena-Auditorium renovation project officially begins construction on Monday, March 10 and the Arena will be closed during the construction process, which will run into next Fall.

Due to the Arena-Auditorium construction project taking place, the concourse will also be closed during construction, beginning Monday, March 10. The concourse will not be available to walkers beginning Monday and will be closed until later in the Fall of 2014. The UW Athletics Ticket Office will also be moving to a temporary site outside the building on the east side of the Arena during construction.

The $30-million redesign and enhancement of the Arena-Auditorium is the largest fundraising effort for Wyoming Basketball in school history. Fundraising and planning efforts for the AA renovation have been taking place over the past several months, and due to the great response from private donors and members of the Wyoming Legislature the project is now a reality.

Phase I of the project will see entirely new spaces created for the Cowboy and Cowgirl locker rooms. New strength and conditioning, sports medicine and visiting locker-room areas will also be created in Phase I. The court area will be re-oriented 35 degrees and expanded to provide the Cowboys and Cowgirls with additional practice space.

The biggest change in fan amenities during Phase I of the project will be all new seating in the lower bowl below the concourse level. All lower-bowl seating will feature new padded chair-back seats that will be approximately 22 inches wide -- compared to the current Arena seats that are 18 inches wide. Courtside seating that will expand up to the edge of the court will help add to the Arena's outstanding home-court advantage for both Cowboy and Cowgirl games.

Two new video boards will be installed in Phase I along with a new video control room that will be linked to both the AA video boards and the video board in War Memorial Stadium. Phase I will be completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 men's and women's basketball seasons.

Phase II of the project will focus on development of new fan areas on the concourse level of the Arena. Those will include the new grand entrance to the Arena on the east side of the building, the creation of a new ticket office to serve Cowboy and Cowgirl fans, the addition of a Club Area that will also house the UW Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and renovation of concession and rest room areas.

Individuals who are interested in donating to the Arena-Auditorium renovation project or who have questions about the re-seating process in the Arena-Auditorium may contact the Cowboy Joe Club at (307) 766-6242.

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