Athletics Master Plan

Context

An important sub-set of the Campus Master Plan is the progressive improvement of Athletics facilities, which occupy the westernmost part of the campus on both sides of Cedar Avenue. A detailed facilities improvement plan has been developed for this portion of the campus and is included here as an expanded detail of the larger campus master plan to which it conforms in most respects. Overleaf is an illustrated summary of those improvements; a detailed list can be found in the Appendix.

Athletics facilities located in the Save Mart Center at the southeast corner of the campus are not shown on the views overleaf, nor is the Rodeo and other equestrian facility that is currently located east of Woodrow, and are to be relocated into new accommodation north of Bullard Avenue and east of Cedar.

Parking for spectator events is a topic of recurring concern. The Campus Master Plan has taken this into consideration along with daily university parking needs and improved circulation throughout the campus. Event planning is arranged to minimize the likelihood of major spectator and other activities coinciding. Two new parking structures are planned within walking distance of the Stadium: one on Lot K and the other immediately south of the Madden Library.  Another on Lot J will be connected by shuttle service to Bulldog Stadium.

Facilities Improvements

North Gym was among the first buildings completed on the campus in the 1950s, and it has been through many changes of use and remodels. The intent of the current Athletics facilities improvements program is to bring all buildings and equipment up to the standards demanded by strong student athlete programs through the coming decade. Kinesiology shares facilities and play fields with Athletics for physical education programs. This will be accomplished through a combination of remodeling and new construction affecting all Athletics buildings, equipment and fields. Those improvements are summarized overleaf.

North Gym (Volleyball, Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball)

  • Remove upper-level bleacher seating
  • Construct Basketball full-time coaches' offices and DBO on west balcony
  • Construct Basketball graduate assistant area in North Gym (TBD)
  • Renovation of practice space
    1. Removal of west-side bleachers and crow's nest
    2. Remove retractable basketball goals on north, south and west sides
    3. Replace several doors with padded solid wall
    4. Installation of free-standing basketball goals
    5. Texture and paint wall surfaces (murals TBD)
    6. Relocate and enhance overhead lighting
    7. Replace scoreboards and shot clocks
    8. Refinish floor to match floor at Save Mart Center
  • Relocate Volleyball coaches' offices to renovated east side office complex
  • Construct wall to create courtyard on west side of main gym building
  • Construct secure connector between North Gym and Annex
  • Construct Men's staff locker room in North Gym complex (TBD)
  • Construct Women's staff locker room within North Gym complex (TBD)
  • Relocate conference room from Annex to North Gym main building (TBD)
  • Construct student-athlete study lounge in North Gym main building (TBD)
  • Construct east-side operations offices in North Gym main building (TBD)
  • Renovation of lobby entrance/trophy cases/hallways/stairwells/restrooms
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall
  • Women's Basketball locker room upgrade
  • Volleyball locker room upgrade
  • Relocate Men's Basketball locker room to Annex
  • Renovation to team video & meeting room in Annex
  • Satellite training room relocated to Annex
  • Satellite equipment room relocated to Annex

Bulldog Diamond (Softball)

  • Outfield seating reduced and spectator berm and/or picnic area constructed
  • Construction of restroom facilities/meeting room for visitor's dugout
  • Press box and camera platform renovation
  • Construction of permanent, solid outfield and side fences
  • Completion of permanent seating on east and south sides
  • Enhancement of the warning track
  • Construction of locker room facility on southwest side
  • Southeast spectator entrance with shared plaza with Warmerdam Field
  • General landscaping and appropriate connection to the Athletics Mall Bulldog Stadium (Football)

Bulldog Stadium (Football)

  • Replace/upgrade scoreboards and install permanent video wall
  • Lower field, reduce points of field access and enhance west side access
  • Replace natural grass playing surface with rubber in-filled surface
  • Enhance rest rooms and concession stands
  • Enhance access to points of entry and access to seating
  • Construct locker rooms for visitors and officials/storage on south end
  • West side renovation/construction:
    1. Additional spectator seating (TBD)
    2. Private suites
    3. Club seating
    4. Press box and live media locations
    5. Camera platforms
    6. Game operations central command location
  • West-side operations offices constructed (TBD)
  • East side spectator entrance with shared plaza with Bieden Field and Soccer Stadium
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall Warmerdam Field (Track & Field)

Warmerdam Field (Track & Field)

  • Relocation of spectator seating to east side
    1. Spectator seating for 1,000 toward north finish line
    2. Grass berm seating on north, south and west sides
    3. Ten-seat press box and camera deck toward north finish line
  • Secure, decorative fencing around venue and track
  • Northeast spectator entrance with shared plaza with Bulldog Diamond
  • Replacement of track and runway surfaces
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall Bieden Field (Baseball)

Bieden Field (Baseball)

  • Remove bleacher seating and hitting cages along first-base line
  • All red seats renovated with new hardware
  • Renovation of home locker room and creation of video viewing area
  • Basic renovation of visiting locker room
  • Press box and camera platform renovation
  • Renovation of permanent, solid outfield and side fences
  • Construction of Pete Bieden Circle and "Wall of Fam5."
  • Outfield spectator berm and/or picnic area on first-base side
  • Brick wall to replace second outfield fence (to obscure service areas)
  • Northwest spectator entrance with shared plaza with Bulldog Stadium and Soccer Stadium
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center
  • Renovation of playing surface
  • Construction of clubhouse on south end:
    1. Satellite coaches' offices
    2. Meeting room/student-athlete lounge
    3. Unisex restrooms/changing rooms
    4. Equipment storage/stringing machine room
    5. Renovation/upgrade of external public restrooms
  • General landscaping consistent with the Athletics Mall Soccer Stadium

Soccer Stadium

  • Construction of competition venue immediately east of Bulldog Stadium:
    1. Enhancement of natural grass field
    2. Spectator seating for 1,000
    3. Grass berm seating on north, south and east sides
    4. Ten-seat press box and camera deck
    5. Secure, decorative fencing
  • Southwest spectator entrance with shared plaza with Bulldog Stadium and Bieden Field
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall

Duncan Building (Multi-sport)

  • Construction of visitor entrance and team meeting rooms
  • Construction of coaches' offices and support space:
    1. Softball
    2. Baseball
    3. Soccer
    4. Men's Tennis
    5. Women's Tennis
    6. Women's Golf
    7. Men's Golf
    8. Track & Field/Cross Country
  • Expansion and renovation of primary training room
  • Expansion and renovation of primary equipment room
  • Construct men's track & field locker room (former football locker room)
  • Construct women's track & field locker room (former football locker room)
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall

Save Mart Center (Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Track & Field)

  • Construction of volleyball locker room on "Bulldog Corridor"
  • Construction of training room on "Bulldog Corridor"
  • Construction of locker room/meeting rooms on "Bulldog Corridor"
  • "Seat-killer" curtain system
  • Purchase volleyball competition surface
  • Create storage for indoor track

Student-Athlete Village (Multi-sport)

  • Decorative security fencing surrounding complex with card swipe access
  • Newly constructed building with shared plaza Duncan and Ricchiuti buildings
    1. Locker rooms:
      1. Soccer
      2. Men's Tennis
      3. Women's Tennis
      4. Future additional sport (TBD)
    2. Student-athlete lounge
    3. Men's and women's staff locker rooms
    4. Student-athlete dining facility
  • West-side operations offices constructed in North Gym main building (TBD)
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall

Equestrian Center

  • Construction of competition venue and horse-care center at TBD site:
    1. Competition surface for equestrian and rodeo events
    2. Spectator seating for 1,000
    3. Six-seat press box and camera deck
    4. Satellite coaches' offices
    5. Meeting room/student-athlete lounge
    6. Student-athlete changing rooms
    7. Equipment storage
    8. Renovation/upgrade of external public restrooms
    9. Secure, decorative fencing
  • General landscaping consistent with Athletics Mall

External Affairs/Administration Building

  • Newly constructed building at TBD site:
    1. First floor (General Public):
      1. Athletics Ticket Office
      2. Fresno State Athletics Hall of Fame
      3. Bulldog Shop
      4. Bulldog Foundation
      5. TBD retail stores
  • Second floor (Administration):
    1. Sports Information
    2. Marketing & Broadcasting
    3. Business Affairs
    4. Director of Athletics/Administration
  • General landscaping and connection to the Athletics Mall

Construction of Fresno State "Walk of Fame" throughout the Athletics Mall.