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Florida considering O'Connell Center upgrades

The University of Florida is considering a major renovation to the O'Connell Center, with the school taking the brunt of some of the cost.


The University of Florida is mulling a possible $50 million renovation to the O'Connell Center, according to a report from The plan may potentially include contributions from the school.

Florida trustees are expected to vote next week whether the university should be on the hook for $10 million of the cost to renovate. The source of that cash has not yet been determined but, if the vote does pass, Florida CFO Matt Fajack said that it will not come from tuition or state operating funds.

The initial plans for the renovation include new floor seating, more club boxes and a new entrance, among other upgrades. There have been some rumblings about naming rights for the center, but a school representative said there are currently "absolutely no plans" to change the name. The timeline for the renovation would be based on the fundraising efforts.

The O'Connell Center was built in 1980 and has since undergone several renovations. It's named after late Florida president and Supreme Court Justice Stephen C. O'Connell.

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