All the bleachers have been pulled courtside and things are really starting to feel like home inside Kirby Sports Center. The stands are having the finishing touches put on as you read this and pretty soon we will start to see the walls have some flashy new signs and banners. For now, click the link above to see the entire photo gallery from Kirby as it stands today.
Yes, those are chairback seats on the North wall of the Kirby Sports Center arena. Sure look comfortable, huh? Also, check out the grandstand being built at the West baseline ... you know, the end where the dreaded white curtain used to be. It will mimic the one already built at the East baseline. Good news if you're on iOS or other operating systems that don't play nice (or at all) with Flash -- we have a new photo gallery viewer that works on all devices. Enjoy!
Check out the progress of the grandstands in today's photo gallery. Bleacher seats along the East (lobby) baseline are completed. Work continues on the two sideline grandstands that will each be 100% chairback seats as well as the bleacher seats along the West (open) baseline.
So ... new scoreboard with LED displays - check! .... new LED scorer's tables - check! ... refinished court - check! ... fresh coat of paint throughout - check! What's left? How about the new grandstands with 100% chairbacks along both sidelines and bleacher seating at both baselines? That work started today.
It's a great Saturday morning on College Hill. The campus is buzzing with more than 2,000 alumni, families and friends on campus for reunion weekend. It's quiet in the Kirby Sports Center arena but the excitement is there as the centerpiece of the project is now in position and being tested - the new, four-sided, center-hung video board and scoreboard.
Check out the new, two-sided shot clocks in today's photo gallery. Other highlights include the video boards being placed at center court in preparation to be raised into position, addition of the four scoreboards and the installation of the corner shrouds.
The center-hung, four-sided scoreboard and video board is starting to come together nicely. Daktronics is on site performing a lot of wiring and piecing together the new centerpiece in the Kirby arena. Check out the photo gallery for more detailed images.
If you follow Lafayette Athletics on Twitter or Facebook, you already know it's a big week in the Kirby Sports Center arena. For those who aren't, a LARGE delivery from Daktronics has arrived. Yes, we're talking about the various elements of the large, center-hung LED videoboard and scoreboard as well as the LED scorer's tables. Check out the photo gallery for more detailed images.
Painting is virtually completed in the Kirby Sports Center arena. Check out the bright, white ceiling and rafters as well as the maroon wall at the East end of the arena. Much more prep work to be done before the LED video boards and new scoreboard are installed, including removal of the white curtain at the West end of the court.
The renovation project goes offline this week to convert the arena into the rain site for the College's 178th Commencement on Saturday, May 25.
Wondering how the Kirby Sports Center arena project is coming along? So was the GoLeopards.com staff so we took a camera inside the arena to share the progress that is being made, particularly on the old, wooden bleachers.
The Lafayette Sports Network interviewed Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon at halftime of the Leopard men's basketball game vs. Delaware. LSN's Dan Mowdy asked McCutcheon to recap Lafayette's championships-filled fall season, the Kirby Sports Center arena renovations and the 150th Lafayette-Lehigh football game at Yankee Stadium.
October 19, 2012
Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announces that the arena in Kirby Sports Center is scheduled to undergo a $1.7 million renovation slated to be completed for the start of the 2013-14 academic year. Three major changes are on the horizon in a project that will be overseen by Clough, Harbor and Associates: new seating, the addition of a four-sided, center-hung video scoreboard and an LED scorer's table.
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