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’s 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.