U of M Unveils Plans for Expanded Sports Facilities

Updated: 07/11/2013 9:21 AM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

The University of Minnesota released conceptual designs for a proposed athletic village at the current Bierman Complex. The village would anchor the entire athletic district, the university says.

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague presented the Board of Regents with a master plan for the school's athletic facilities. 

Teague says the U needs to catch up to other Big-10 schools, "Our practice facilities are 20-30 years old, and we've got to get updated."

The plan would cost $190 million dollars and be paid for by private funding, according to Teague. The new project will take between six and eight years and be built in the area currently home to Bierman Field.

The plan includes; an academic center, a dining hall exclusively for athletes, a football complex with practice field and offices, a women's gymnastics facility, an Olympic sports indoor practice facility, a men's and women's basketball practice facility, and a wrestling training facility.