A major facilities upgrade is nearly complete at the Manoa lower campus.
Within perhaps a week, a climate-controlled, fully refurbished Gym II will be ready for use by the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams. That’s the primary practice facility on campus outside of the Stan Sheriff Center.
It’s a $9-10 million project for Gym II and I. Gym I renovations will commence once Gym II is done. UH athletic director David Matlin has called the improvements “game-changers.”
One of the main drawbacks of Gym II previously was its susceptibility to the elements. On especially humid days, the hardwood would become slick, rendering it dangerous to practice on.
There was a setback due to Hurricane Lane-related flooding through the Gym II floor in late August, and work is still underway on the Nagatani Academic Center underneath. But work on Gym II itself proceeded on schedule.
Teams are expected to be able to use the facility for the upcoming Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
— HAWAII BASKETBALL (@HawaiiMBB) December 11, 2018
Former players expressed excitement about the upgrade.
— Negus Webster-Chan (@KingWebsterChan) December 11, 2018
Time for this old alum to come put some summer work in the new facilities! https://t.co/c8KWiHXfX9
— Brandon Spearman🤴🏾 (@fearthespear_32) December 11, 2018