N.C. State’s Athletic Hall of Fame soon will have its own home.
The university recently unveiled its plans to renovate Reynolds Coliseum and create a “Walk of Fame and History” at the campus landmark. The $35 million project will start during March 2015 and is expected to be completed by August 2016.
Athletics director Debbie Yow helped create the hall of fame two years ago and there have been two classes inducted but there’s no physical home for it. This project, which also will upgrade the facility for the Wolfpack’s women’s basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams, uniquely meets that need.
“I don’t think there will be anything like it in the country,” Yow said.
It will be the first major renovation to Reynolds Coliseum since it opened during 1949. The on-campus building was home of the men’s basketball team for 50 years, including both national championship teams, and it was the site of the ACC tournament for the first 13 years.
The renovation will include elevators and new windows. There also will be air conditioning, almost a mind-boggling concept for a basketball gym that used to be known for its toasty temperatures and thick rings of tobacco smoke.
The Walk of Fame and History will be at the North end of the coliseum and will take up about a third of the original setup for basketball. The court and end-zone seating will be pushed to the South end of the building.
The current capacity for basketball is just less than 10,000, but it will be approximately 5,500 when the project is complete. The South end zone in particular will be unique with what Yow calls a “look-over,” basically an open space on the concourse.
The concourse, which is as narrow as 6 feet in some spots, will be expanded to as wide as 35 feet in certain areas.
Construction for the project is schedule to start after the 2014-15 basketball season. The university is in the process of finding a home for the women’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season. The volleyball and wrestling teams also will be displaced during the construction.
Yow said the year away from the building will be worth the upgrade in recruiting for all teams, especially for women’s basketball coach Wes Moore.
“This will give Wes a better chance to recruit and compete in the ACC,” Yow said.
Moore led N.C. State to 25 wins and a spot in the NCAA tournament this season, his first at the school.
The Wolfpack Club will raise $20 million for the project and $15 million will come from university funds.