The Oregon athletic department is at it again with their nationally recognized facilities. Construction has officially started on the six-story 100,000 square-foot Casanova Center. The center is adjacent to Autzen Stadium and is an athletic facility only. “Uncle Phil” will be funding this one million a year project.
However this project isn’t a free lunch for the University of Oregon, it will cost them an estimated $1.75 million per year in operating costs. The demolition of some parts of the building will be needed to continue on with the expansion. Due to the fact that Oregon has given Knight free reign over the property, construction costs will be kept quiet until after the center is re-opened.
The delay on construction costs aren’t stopping predictions. The Register-Guard stated that the costs could, “equal the $90 million spent to expand Autzen Stadium.” So it comes to no surprise that the top three most expensive buildings at the university will all be part of the athletic department.
But can anyone complain about this? It is mainly a donation, and the athletic department defends their investment saying it is needed to keep the department nationally ranked. Yes, we would all like to see the academic department have these amazing donations but the revenue doesn’t even compete. I just hope people still remember that University of Oregon is in fact a college not one large athletic department.