Oct. 6, 2010
Albuquerque, N.M. --- With the renovation of University Arena, better known as The Pit, nearing completion, fans and media members alike are itching to see when the venerable old building will look like. Chief among those media members is ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz, who came to Albuquerque and visited the basketball staff on Tuesday, taking in some conditioning drills and open gym, and getting a walking and talking tour with head coach Steve Alford.
Katz and his camera crew of one got a chance to see every nook and cranny of the new Pit. From the new locker room (which is not quite completed yet, although the lockers have been delivered) to the new strength and conditioning area, to the luxury suites (of which 38 of 40 have been sold), to the famous ramp, Coach Steve Alford was able to present his vision of the program to Katz.
Katz took video of the tour, and also conducted a sit down interview with Emmanuel Negadu in the Davalos Center. Much of the content from Andy's visit will be online at ESPN.com as early as Friday on their NCAA basketball page.
Joining Katz and Alford on the tour was former communications director Greg Remington, who provided valuable insight in to the history of the building. New Asst. A.D. for Communications Frank Mercogliano took photos of the tour, and submitted a photo gallery of the event, which can be viewed here.