University of Northern Colorado Athletic Facilities Master Plan

University of Northern Colorado Athletic Facilities Master Plan
The University recognized the need for a comprehensive facilities assessment, comparative survey among like institutions and master plan for logical and feasible improvements to upgrade and expand the quality of its facilities and programs.
"This athletic master planning process has been so impressive that I believe it should become the template for our academic units as well."
- Kay Norton,
President University of Northern Colorado (addressing the Trustees)

In 2006, the University of Northern Colorado selected SportsPLAN Studio and the Davis Partnership to guide the development of its athletic facilities as the University completes its move to NCAA Division I and to the Big Sky Athletic Conference.

We initiated the planning process with a series of working sessions with the Athletic Department staff and university administrators to examine the University’s program requirements, and its gender equity and recruiting positions. We completed a detailed comparison of athletic facilities at eight other Big Sky institutions and seven other athletic peer institutions.

The West Campus athletics district and the Jackson Sports Complex were studied to maximize use of existing facilities, while determining reasonable additions to the facility inventory.


Feasibility Study
Master Planning
Design Consulting
Equipment Specifications
Operational Planning

Program Features

Nottingham Stadium Improvements
Butler-Hancock Building Renovation
New 110,000 SF Athletic Center
Fitness and Strength Training
New Indoor Track and Practice Field House
New Baseball Stadium
New Softball Stadium
Athletic Practice Fields
New Aquatic Center
New Tennis Center
Project Planner: Pam Scott
Project Cost: $60 Million
Owner Reference: Robert Hetzel , V.P.
Master Plan Completion Date: 2006
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