This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Target Field's POPULOUS to create 'U' master facilities plan

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under Basketball, College basketball Updated: October 1, 2012 - 5:45 PM

The ‘U’ has officially selected a well-known master planning firm to sketch out how the school can realistically move forward with athletic facilities in the next 5-15 years.

Athletic Director Norwood Teague said POPULOUS -- a Kansas City-based design and planning firm that has stockpiled an impressive resume both locally and world-wide – was chosen for the job last week.

POPULOUS (formerly HOK Sport) will not necessarily do the specific design for any facilities; rather, it will lay out a loose blueprint of what the ‘U’ wants to and can feasibly do, and provide precise cost estimates.

Teague has said a basketball practice facility is at the top of the list, along with a new supplemental facility for football, and that it is a “need more than a want.” He estimated that the planning phase would take about three months – then Minnesota would hope to move into a design phase with at least some projects.

Other notable projects by POPULOUS:

-Locally, Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium
-Other prominent facilities nation and world-wide, including Yankee Stadium, Wimbledon Centre Court and the Olympic Stadium in London.

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