UMass Amherst Holds Topping Off Ceremony for Champions Center Basketball Facility

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l-r; John McCutcheon, Trey Davis and Patricia Filippone

Amherst, MA—- UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon was joined recently  by Patricia Filippone, UMass Building Authority Interim Executive Director, Trey Davis a men’s basketball player, staff and students, to sign the top-most steel beam of the new Champions Center before it was put into place on the structure.

The $22-million facility, funded by the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, is slated to open in Spring 2015 The 53,000sf  building will serve both the men’s and women’s basketball programs with dedicated practice courts, office space for the coaching staffs, new locker rooms, and areas for strength and conditioning along with athletic training services.

“Today is an exciting milestone in the construction of a first-class, state-of-the-art athletic facility for the students of UMass Amherst,” said  Filippone. “The Champions Center was designed to be one of the best basketball facilities in the country to provide student athletes with all the tools they need to train and succeed.”

The construction team includes  designer/architect JCJ Architecture and contractor Whiting Turner Contracting Company.

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