MORAGA -- Saint Mary's College has announced plans to renovate McKeon Pavilion and build a new performance center for its student athletes.
The estimated $13 million project will get underway in the spring of 2015.
Five hundred more seats will be added to McKeon Pavilion, which currently holds 3,500. Other renovations include new video boards, private suites, a hall of fame and hospitality room, renovated concession spaces, new restrooms, a reconfigured lobby space and a new facade and courtyard.
The new student performance center includes a weight room, training and on-site sports medicine areas, a new women's volleyball locker room and athletic offices.
"The new training facilities will be top of the line, allowing full teams to train at the same time, and that helps build teamwork," athletic director Mark Orr said in a statement. "You have more intense workouts and it maximizes athletic performance."
A lead gift of $1 million from Kevin M. Nagle, chief executive officer of Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, helped get the project off the ground. Saint Mary's is close to the halfway mark of its fundraising goal for the facility.
The news will be announced to the public at halftime of Saint Mary's 3 p.m. home game against USF on Saturday. Head coach Randy Bennett will make his return to the Gaels after sitting out five games as a penalty for NCAA violations.
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