Alabama announces $21 million renovation of swimming/diving facilities

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama announced on Thursday that the Board of Trustees approved a $21 million renewal and renovation of the Alabama Aquatic Center, the home of the Crimson Tide men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.

Among the additions will be new 7.5- and 3-meter diving platforms, an athletic training room and extended deck space, sectional glass roll-up doors along the west side of the building, new pool deck surface, ceiling, lighting and spectator seating.

The project will including taking the roof off the  25-yard indoor pool on the east side of the facility and expanding it to a 25-yard by 25-meter pool, while increasing the depth to accommodate diving.

A new team suite will also be added feating new team locker rooms, a nutrition station, team meeting room, a team lounge and coaches’ offices and conference room.

“Long considered one of the nation’s fastest pools, the expansion and complete renovation of the Alabama Aquatic Center will bring the entire facility up to a championship standard,” athletic director Greg Byrne said in a release. “The changes and additions will enhance our training and competition environment and give our swimming and diving programs everything they need to be successful at the highest levels.”

The facility was one of the few on campus considered outdated.  The last renovation in 2002 cost $1.5 million, when the pool was named in honor of Don Gambril, who coached the program for 17 years before retiring in 1990.

Construction details have yet to be finalized.

“We’re very excited to be moving forward with this project that will significantly enhance our training and competition facilities,” Coach Dennis Pursley said in a statement. 

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Alabama announced plans for a major upgrade to the swimming facilities. UA Athletics/courtesy.

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