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Athletics office drafts plans for space

By David Floyd
On April 27, 2014

  • Richard Sander, director of the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics, said that many athletic programs claim informal rights to certain storage facilities, which results in the facilities being left unused for long periods of time. James Edgar

ETSU is drafting plans to help maximize the space used by sports programs and athletic facilities on campus.
"Because we're adding new programs, like football, marching band and three new women's sports, it's becoming apparent that we'll need to find an efficient way to get the most value out of our extra space," said Richard Sander, director of the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics at ETSU.
Many programs are claiming informal "squatter's rights" on certain storage facilities. Areas that are continuously used by certain sports programs become unofficially incorporated into their allotted storage space.
These practices leave a lot of space unused for prolonged periods of time, resulting in an inefficient use of university resources.
"We have areas that are vacant for maybe 23 hours and 45 minutes during the day and we have equipment stored in certain facilities that are only used one day out of the year," Sander said. "That's not very effective use of that space."
The plans that are currently being drafted will provide increased storage, offices, playing facilities, parking and other necessary components for the daily operation of all ETSU athletic programs. They will also specify where certain equipment should be stored.
None of these renovations are intended to have an effect on student tuition.
"A lot of facilities we can renovate with very little cost by smartly allocating the resources we have," Sander said. "Other facilities will require external funding."
Sander said that the women's basketball team will be one of the programs that will be impacted by the plans. ETSU is considering the possibility of allowing the women's program to play its games in Brooks Gym.
"Playing in Brooks Gym is a much better environment for the women's team," Sander said. "I think it'll allow them to create more excitement, enthusiasm and energy among fans and that there will be a greater home-court advantage."
Ultimately, the plans are designed to accommodate and improve as many campus-athletic facilitates as possible.
"What we're trying to do is look at the needs of each program and draft a plan designed to accommodate all their needs," Sander said. "That involves optimizing the efficiency of campus storage."

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