Construction Nearing Completion for Memphis Tigers New Basketball Practice FacilityPosted
A Hard Hat Tour of Memphis Basketball's New State-of-the-Art Practice Facility
By Mark Giannotto, USA TODAY Network – Tennessee
There are no doors affixed to the new Memphis men’s basketball practice facility and most of the walls are still missing. The pillars and rotunda resembling classic Southern architecture that greet visitors are visible from Getwell Road. But the roof is not quite done, and the bronze Tiger statue in front is nowhere to be found yet.
With almost 18 months of construction in the books, and about five more to go if everything goes as planned, this $21 million endeavor remains a work in progress. What will eventually be a 62,000-square-foot structure on the university’s south campus is currently a skeleton of metal framing, concrete, sawdust and mud.
But during an exclusive hard hat tour given to The Commercial Appeal Thursday morning, there was enough in place for Steven Bauer to show off some of the luxuries he hopes will make the building a “home away from home” for the Memphis men’s basketball program starting in October.
“I think we put everything in here you’re ever going to need,” said Bauer, the vice president of construction services for Nations Group, the Arizona-based developer overseeing this project. “This is going to be the standard. This is something the whole city should be proud of.”