Illinois to spend $30 million on practice facility upgrade

6/11/2018 12:55:40 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois says it will spend $30 million on renovations to its 20-year-old basketball practice facility.

The school said Monday the project will more than double the building"s square footage and benefit both the men"s and women"s teams. Among the improvements: Added court space, improved sports medicine facilities and upgraded strength and conditioning areas.

Second-year men"s coach Brad Underwood said the renovation will ""offer a comprehensive, functional space that is the players" home-away-from-home and has them excited every time they walk in the doors.""

The school said money for the project will come through a fundraising campaign.

The Illinois men"s program has had a slow decline since finishing as the national runner-up in 2005. The Illini had a 14-18 record in Underwood"s first season.