Stony Brook Athletics Announce $21.1 Million Men's Basketball Facility

The 2011-12 athletic year for the Stony Brook Seawolves athletic program has so far been a success, and on Sunday the university announced a $21.1 million plan that will hopefully continue success into the future. According to a report on Saturday from Newsday.com, the university is starting a construction project in June that will build a new 4,000-seat sports and entertainment venue.

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The renovations will include four luxury boxes and a VIP lounge area at the loge level with premium courtside seating, thanks to an anonymous private donation of $1 million because state funds cannot be used for that purpose. The north side of the current structure will expand toward the parking lot to create room for concessions, restrooms and a concourse.

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The officially announcement of the new facilities by Athletic Director Jim Fiore came on Sunday.

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"At the end of the day, we're a major research university that is playing in a high school gym," Fiore said. "It's all well and good because we're winning games, but facilities are a silent statement of your commitment to excellence."

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The Seawolves have won two of the last three America East men's basketball championships, and according to Fiore have brought in their best recruiting class to date.

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