facility will assist practice for both teams upon completion
basketball practice complex is nearing completion and all the funds
have been raised. The teams are excited about practicing in a space
they can call their own.
The new basketball
practice facility is on schedule for completion in early March despite
some construction delays in December caused by strong winds, associate
athletics director Ross Bailey said.
The strong winds prohibited the construction crew from laying metal
roof panels on the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Basketball Practice Complex,
located southwest of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, for several days,
Bailey said. The plan is for the facility to be ready by March 4,
The practice complex will have a Connor Uni Force Floor, the same
floor installed in the coliseum, but major indoor tasks need to be
completed before the installation, Bailey said. The floors flexibility
allows for the high level of shock absorption, which makes jumping
easier on the players legs.
This is the best floor on the market right now, Bailey
The 22,000-square-foot complex will feature office space for coaches,
conference rooms, media rooms, a weight room, locker rooms for the
coaches and a lobby.
The new facility will make practice more efficient since the two practice
courts combined have six baskets which allows individuals to practice
simultaneously with the team, mens basketball head coach Neil
Womens basketball coach Jeff Mittie said the new facility will
benefit the teams because each will have their own space and wont
have to share it with other campus groups or social functions.
Funds for the $5.8 million complex were raised by 45 donations, including
the $1.5 million naming gift by TCU Trustee Edgar H. Schollmaier and
his wife, Rae, said Davis Baab, associate athletics director.
Weve seen a lot of growth at TCU in the past three years
because of the generosity of alumni and of friends, Bailey said.
They believe in the mission of the athletic department and support
it by their funding.
on the new basketball facilitys interior continues as
the March deadline approaches.