Sept. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved the site for the Crimson Tide rowing team's new state-of-the-art boathouse during the board's on-campus meeting Friday.
"We are very pleased to be able to take this next step forward in the development of our rowing program," UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "The Black Warrior River already gives our team one of the finest training and competition courses in the nation, and by moving our facilities, including a new boathouse, to the campus side of the river, our training situation becomes even more advantageous."
The boathouse, which will be located on Manderson Landing, is just the latest addition to the rowing team's facilities. The board has already approved the rowing facility at the Presidential Village, which will be housed within the University's new student center.
"The rowing facilities at the Presidential Village will be spectacular," Moore said. "The entire complex overlooks the river and will be just across from the site of the new boathouse."
The Presidential Village complex will include locker rooms, a meeting room, a student-athlete lounge, athletic training facilities, an ergometer suite that overlooks the river and coaches' offices.
"We're obviously excited," UA head coach Larry Davissaid. "To have our boathouse and other facilities in the heart of campus with easy access to the river will be extremely beneficial. We look forward to creating an environment with our facilities that will help in our continued growth as a program."
Alabama rowing, in the midst of its seventh season as an NCAA Division I program, gets the 2012-13 season underway on October 13, at the Head of the Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn.