VCU set to break ground on practice facility, releases renderings

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Shaka Smart is about to add a new wrinkle to his recruiting pitch as VCU is set to break ground on a brand new 60,000 square foot practice facility on June 2. The $25 million state-of-the-art facility will be built by Barton Malow Co. and VMDO Architects and is scheduled for completion by fall of 2015.

The building will house practice courts for both VCU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as locker rooms, a sports medicine center with hydrotherapy facilities, coaches’ offices, strength and conditioning areas, viewing decks, lounges and a dining room for players, an academic center, video viewing rooms as well as a Hall of Fame exhibit in the main lobby of the building.

The building will be built directly behind VCU’s Siegel Center and within a blocks walk of the student athlete housing.

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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