NEWS

Mr. Guenther's Neighborhood: Illinois vs. the Big Ten

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Facilities in the Big Ten

ILLINOIS

Basketball: Assembly Hall

Seating: 16,618

Luxury boxes: 0

Football: Memorial Stadium

Seating: 65,000

Luxury boxes: 45

Club seats: 1,306

Baseball: Illinois Field

Seating: 1,500

Luxury boxes: 0

Illinois' other home-field advantages

Demirjian Indoor Golf Facility, a 6,300-square-foot chipping and putting green, six heated indoor hitting bays.

Outdoor tennis complex under construction allows Illinois to host NCAA championships as soon as 2010.

On the drawing board

Renovating Assembly Hall or building new basketball arena.

Building Olympic sports home, replacement for aging Huff Hall.

INDIANA

Basketball: Assembly Hall

Seating: 17,456

Luxury boxes: 0

Football: Memorial Stadium

Seating: 49,225

Luxury boxes: 9

Club seating: 300

Baseball: Sembower Field

Seating: 2,250

Luxury boxes: 0

Indiana's other home-field advantages

The 6,500-seat Armstrong Stadium is considered one of the finest college soccer venues in the country.

The Counsilman-Billingsley Center, like Michigan's swimming facility, is considered one of the nation's best and includes a diving tower rarely found in college swimming venues.

On the drawing board

Connecting each grandstand with a 4,000-seat horseshoe at Memorial Stadium, a $35 million project set for completion in 2009 that also creates space for football offices and Hall of Fame.

Ground broken for a men's and women's basketball practice facility adjacent to Assembly Hall.

IOWA

Basketball: Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Seating: 15,500

Luxury boxes: 0

Football: Kinnick Stadium

Seating: 70,585

Luxury boxes: 40

Club seating: 1,200

Baseball: Duane Banks Field

Seating: 3,000

Luxury boxes: 0

Iowa's home-field advantages

Student fitness center under construction to house new facilities for men's and women's swimming.

Groundbreaking ceremony already held for $7-million boathouse on Iowa River for women's rowing team.

On the drawing board

Proposed renovation to Carver-Hawkeye would add club seating and practice facility.

Addition of club seating to baseball field in 2009.

MICHIGAN

Basketball: Crisler Arena

Seating: 13,751

Luxury boxes: 0

Football: Michigan Stadium

Seating: 107,501

Luxury boxes: 0

Club seating: 0

Baseball: Ray Fisher Stadium

Seating: 2,500

Luxury boxes: 3

Michigan's home-field advantages

Canham Natatorium, considered one of the finest college-owned swimming and diving facilities in the nation, is home to six-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

Yost Ice Arena seats 6,600 with the charm of an old barn plus the amenities of a newer hockey stadium.

On the drawing board

Michigan Stadium will have 85 luxury boxes and 3,000 club seats when renovations completed in 2010.

New indoor football practice facility approved and basketball practice facility still under discussion.

MICHIGAN STATE

Basketball: Breslin Center

Seating: 14,759

Luxury suites: 6

Football: Spartan Stadium

Seating: 75,005

Luxury boxes: 24

Club seating: 857

Baseball: Kobs Field

Seating: 4,000

Luxury boxes: 0

Michigan State's other home-field advantages

A $2.6-million renovation to men's and women's basketball locker rooms received a thumbs up from Magic Johnson.

The $15-million addition to football complex will add offices, meeting space and room for a Hall of Fame.

On the drawing board

Proposal calls for building new baseball, softball and soccer stadiums at a cost of $8 million.

MINNESOTA

Basketball: Williams Arena

Seating: 14,625

Luxury boxes: 21

Football: Metrodome

Seating: 65,000

Luxury boxes: 98

Club seating: 0

Baseball: Siebert Field

Seating: 1,100

Luxury boxes: 0

Minnesota's other home-field advantages

The Gophers return to campus for football in 2009. TCF Bank Stadium will seat 50,000 with 37 luxury boxes and 1,500 club seats when completed.

Mariucci Arena, the home of the men's hockey team, seats 10,000 with 18 luxury boxes. The women's hockey team plays at Ridder Arena, which seats 3,400 with nine luxury boxes.

On the drawing board

Plans call for an upgrade at Siebert Field.

NORTHWESTERN

Basketball: Welsh-Ryan Arena

Seating: 8,100

Luxury boxes: 0

Football: Ryan Field

Seating: 47,130

Luxury boxes: 1 (320 seats)

Club seats: 252

Baseball: Rocky Miller Park

Seating: 1,000

Luxury boxes: 0

Northwestern's other home-field advantages

Indoor tennis center holds six courts, scoreboards for each court, locker rooms, coaches' offices and athletic training facility.

Indoor golf facility has 2,375-square foot chipping and putting green and a sand bunker. Outdoor golf facility has a 6,000-square foot USGA green with bent grass, bluegrass and fescue turfed areas for a variety of lies and shots.

On the drawing board

Upgrades to Welsh-Ryan Arena that improve courtside seating, coaches offices and media work room.

OHIO STATE

Basketball: Schottenstein Center

Seating: 19,500

Luxury boxes: 52

Club seating: 4,500

Football: Ohio Stadium

Seating: 102,329

Luxury boxes: 81

Club seating: 2,500

Baseball: Bill Davis Stadium

Seating: 4,450

Luxury boxes: 0

Ohio State's other home-field advantages

St. John Arena is a 13,276-seat home of the men's and women's volleyball teams, the wrestling team and the men's and women's gymnastics teams.

The 10,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium hosts track and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall.

On the drawing board

A new softball facility.

PENN STATE

Basketball: Bryce Jordan Center

Seating: 15,261

Luxury boxes: 15

Football: Beaver Stadium

Seating: 107,282

Luxury boxes: 60

Club seating: 4,000

Baseball: Medlar Field

Seating: 5,406

Luxury boxes: 20

Penn State's other home-field advantages

Medlar Field, built in conjunction with a minor-league franchise, is considered the finest baseball facility in the Big Ten.

Two recently completed soccer practice fields, a $2.9-million project, will be accompanied by men's and women's clubhouses.

On the drawing board

A $9.5-million softball complex scheduled for completion in 2009. Approximately 3,000 seats, coaches offices, locker rooms and indoor batting cages.

A varsity golf clubhouse with locker rooms, coaches offices and an indoor practice area is due for completion in 2009

PURDUE

Basketball: Mackey Arena

Seating: 14,123

Luxury boxes: 0

Football: Ross-Ade Stadium

Seating: 62,500

Luxury boxes: 35

Club seating: 1,592

Baseball: Lambert Field

Seating: 1,100

Luxury boxes: 0

Purdue's other home-field advantages

Two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye that have hosted NCAA championships.

New diving well at swimming complex.

On the drawing board

Planned $99.5-million renovation of Mackey Arena to include construction of practice facility, upgrade training rooms, add club seating.

Construction of new baseball and softball stadiums.

WISCONSIN

Basketball: Kohl Center

Seating: 17,142

Luxury boxes: 36

Football: Camp Randall Stadium

Seating: 80,321

Luxury boxes: 72

Club seating: 927

Baseball: None.

Wisconsin's other home-field advantages

Lift system raises 1,000 seats 7 feet on each end of the Kohl Center, converting a basketball gym into a hockey arena.

Porter Boathouse is a three-story home for men's and women's rowing teams.

On the drawing board

Construction of men's hockey practice facility and women's hockey competition rink.

Proposal calls for buiding a banked indoor track facility.

Compiled by John Supinie