UT Plans New Athletic and Intramural Complex

The University of Tampa recently announced plans for a new student intramural and athletic complex, to be set on the west side of the campus.

The University of Tampa recently announced plans for a new student intramural and athletic complex, to be set on the west side of the campus.

The proposed plans for the new facility call for a multi-purpose field, a 1,450-seat stadium, two spectator berms, restrooms, a concession area, parking, team meeting rooms and a support building. The field will serve as home to the UT men’s lacrosse team—which is playing its inaugural season this spring—but will also be used for numerous intramurals as well as other sports. A new women’s lacrosse team, which will begin play during the 2013-2014 academic year, will also call the field home. According to an official statement, the complex is expected to be completed by December 2012.

To prepare for construction of the athletic and intramural complex—which is roughly bordered by Kennedy Boulevard to the south, North A Street to the north and Delaware Avenue to the east—UT will clear several of its properties fronting Kennedy Boulevard. The field is planned to be artificial turf. A custom fence, similar to the one along UT’s current campus bordering Kennedy Boulevard, will be erected, as will a high net to keep athletic balls from disrupting traffic. The new facility would be consistent with UT’s design and use standards that have already been maintained on campus and on Kennedy Boulevard, and would provide an appealing entry into Tampa’s downtown.

The center will be named the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex, in honor of the Naimoli family, which has been involved with the university since the 1980s and is partly funding the addition to the campus. Vince Naimoli, chairman & founding partner of the Tampa Bay Rays, is a chairman emeritus of the University of Tampa board of trustees, and in 1999 established UT’s Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy. The Naimoli family’s support has also funded improvements at UT’s tennis and softball complexes, now called, respectively, the Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex and the Naimoli Family Softball Stadium.

“The progress the University of Tampa has made in the past 25 years—in academics, athletics and the entire college experience—has been impressive,” Naimoli said. “I’m pleased to support such a fine institution and future generations of its students.”

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