U of M's Teague proposes $190 million for athletic facility upgrades


University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague proposed a privately funded $190 million plan for new or upgraded athletic facilities at a Board of Regents meeting Wednesday.

The 6- to 8-year proposal lays of plans for a new men's and women's basketball practice facility, renovations to the Gibson Nagurski football complex, a women's gymnastic facility, an indoor Olympic sports practice facility, an outdoor Olympic track and a wrestling training facility, along with an academic center and dining hall, according to the Pioneer Press.

FOX 9 points out that the aging Williams Arena would likely get some upgrades on the outer concourse in the second phase of the project.

Teague says most sports facilities on campus are 20 to 30 years old and lag behind other Big Ten schools, the Business Journal reported. An upgrade would help the university attract top recruits, Teague said.

The athletic director admits no lead donors have stepped forward yet, KARE 11 reported, but says he's received nods from several prospects for the basketball facility.

See some of the renderings below. KSTP also has a slideshow.

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