GAINESVILLE -- Following a yearlong delay, Florida officially finalized its plans to renovate the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The Gators agreed to a $64.5 million project price tag with Birmingham, Alabama-based conduction firm Bradfield & Gorrie, the University Athletic Association announced Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, UF athletics director Jeremy Foley said the contract would be finalized "soon."
Construction on the O’Dome will begin in October, but the facility will remain fully-operational until spring of 2016.
UF’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a state barnstorming tour next fall before the facility is ready for conference play in January 2017.
According to the release, “the scope of the renovation includes a seating bowl update, the addition of premium seating areas, installation of a state-of-the-art center-hung scoreboard, upgrades to team spaces and an enhanced concourse to improve fan experience.”
The renovation is scheduled for completion in time for UF’s fall commencement in December 2016.
UF initially planned to overhaul the O’Dome last year, but postponed the project in February after the school became disenchanted with another construction firm’s projected budget and timeline.
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