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Troy sports arena’s fate hinges on funding, location

The construction of a new Multi-Purpose Sports Arena on Troy’s campus is still a work in progress, but one that university officials want to progress quickly.

“We’re (discussing) sites, we will start moving forward with requests for proposals, and we’re trying to get interviews with architects,” said Athletic Director Steve Dennis.

Dennis said officials still haven’t determined an exact location for the new arena, but they are looking at some options, including the practice field by the stadium or on the golf course.

The arena would encompass a new basketball court, volleyball court and convocation center, as well as coaches’ offices and classrooms.

“We want to have a very friendly convocation center that’s very multi-purpose,” Dennis said. “As our university continues to grow, we keep moving forward. As we get more students on campus, we need more room to graduate.”

Money is the only obstacle, Dennis said. With $1.5 million raised, Dennis said the department needs another $8.5 million.

There is no time-line set for the project yet.

“When I get $8.5 million check, I’m going to put a shovel in the ground,” Dennis said.

The fundraising for this project is part of Troy’s Building Beyond Boundaries initiative.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Jean Laliberte said the $10 million is all the university will need to raise for the project, and other funds may be allotted from other financial sources.

Laliberte said this project is one close to the hearts of many at the university.

“We have a real vested interest in this one because the center would not just be used for athletics,” Laliberte said.

And even aside from convocation ceremonies, Laliberte said the facility could be used for concerts or other programs.