Kentucky basketball set to get renovated and upgraded locker room
In the college basketball arms race of facilities, it looks like the Kentucky basketball team is getting an upgrade.
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is set to approve a renovation to the locker rooms at the Joe Craft Center that will not exceed $5 million. The UK Board of Trustees athletics committee approved it Friday morning, and the full board was expected to approve it Friday afternoon.
The upgraded locker rooms “will include numerous enhancements to improve the functionality of the space to better meet the needs of student-athletes,” per the Board of Trustees agenda. In addition to updating the current locker room, “the improvements also will include a supplementation and nutrition fueling station, as well as a hydration station.”
The project will funded by private funds.
Kentucky recently finished a $126 million renovation project on the football stadium as well as a $45 million on a football training facility. In 2016, the school also announced that it would begin a $49 million renovation project on the school’s baseball stadium.
“You guys know I’m always (thinking of) the bigger picture, what’s the next 10 years,” Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said back in October on the renovations. “This building is 10 years old and it’s time. Let’s go through and let’s make it more modern. And there are some other ideas that I have. Again, you want to stay the gold standard. You want to tie all of what we’re doing together on campus.”