DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Florida is closing in on final approval for a $45 million renovation to its on-campus basketball facility, the O'Connell Center.
Athletic director Jeremy Foley says some of the funds still need to be raised, but expects "all these things will come together in the next couple of weeks."
Speaking at the Southeastern Conference meetings, Foley says construction would begin after the 2014-15 season. The O'Dome would be ready to reopen in January 2016.
That creates a scheduling issue since the Gators would not have a home facility in November and December. But coach Billy Donovan says he is working on a schedule that would have his team play two games over three days in select cities around the state. So Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise would host Florida home games.