Agenda Item No.________________

Washburn University Board of Regents



SUBJECT: Lee Arena Improvements Information Update





DESCRIPTION:





For many years there has been a perceived need for improvements to Lee Arena. Seating at the end zones of the basketball arena is too far from the playing floor for full fan appreciation of the game. Potential student athletes are attracted by facilities that include dedicated study areas and more impressive coaches offices. Boosters are attracted by facilities that include special event spaces for booster events.





Approximately two years ago, Athletics began an informal investigation of how improvements to Lee Arena could address these needs. Since last summer a more active study has taken place. Following the February 2000 Board meeting, the WEA was authorized to ascertain the viability of a fundraising campaign.





Mr. Loren Ferre', Athletics Director, will update the Board on the progress of the working group. It is anticipated that a full program statement will be presented in April and that the Board will be requested to authorize the search for an architect.











FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None





RECOMMENDATION: For information only.







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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President






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