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VCU to add two new luxury suites for 2014-15 season

VCU will be adding two new luxury suites to two corners of the Stu next season.

The University sent an email to Ram Athletic Fund members at the Battering Ram (minimum $10,000 donation) and Scholarship Society (minimum $25,000 donation) levels, and have plans to turn sections 1, 37, 10 and 11 into luxury suites starting next season that will range from $15,000 for four seats to $60,000 for a private suite.

The University has not finalized the design but will feature similar benefits of the Tommy J. West Club that made it’s debut following the Ram’s 2011 Final 4 run, including alcohol and food service.

VCU has been on the fast track since Coach Shake Smart took an already successful program to the next level, leading the Rams to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances including VCU’sĀ 2011 Final 4 trip. The University has managed to keep Shaka Smart in Richmond despite countless attempts from other schools to lure him away, raising the head coach’s salary to upwards of $1.5 million.

VCU Athletics recently announced plans to break ground on a brand new $25 million state-of-the-art practice facility on June 2. The 60,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open fall of 2015.

Other additions to the Siegel Center are expected next season as well, including a brand new center-hung video board, a new court featuring one of VCU Athletic’s new logos, and potentially an LED ribbon on the Tommy J. West Club as well.

All of these upgrades come at a price however, and the Athletic Department is clearly doing what needs to be done to keep the black and gold on an upward trajectory.

Early renderings of roughly what VCU's new lower-level luxury suites may look like.

Early renderings of roughly what VCU’s new lower-level luxury suites may look like.

 

 

 

About Mat Shelton-Eide

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the '09-'10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007. mshelton@vcuramnation.com @MatShelton

74 comments

  1. Jeanette, looks like you may be rubbing elbows with Richmond’s wealthiest then this season, ha.

  2. Mark, I definitely get your anger, but this is basically a matter of paying for the things people want. Understand the vast majority of athletic departments operate in the red (including VCU’s before McLaughlin got our fiscal house in order), so this is basically being able to pay for all the upgrades everyone wants so that VCU can compete at the highest level. Practice facilities to lure the best recruits and coaching salaries needed to keep high-caliber talent like Shaka Smart aren’t cheep. So if people want things like that (which allow VCU to compete for NCAA tournaments), there’s obviously going to be a cost. Side note: we (as in VCURamNation.com) aren’t on VCU’s payroll, so not like any of this money is coming to us…although as Wooderson once (sorta) said, “Be a lot cooler if it did”.