ATLANTA — Georgia Tech plans to begin construction of a new basketball facility next year.
Athletic director Dan Radakovich said Tuesday the upcoming season will be the Yellow Jackets’ final one at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, its home since 1956.
The new $45 million complex, the Hank McCamish Pavilion, will be on the site of the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Georgia Tech wants to host men’s and women’s home games at either Philips Arena or the Gwinnett Arena in 2011-12, but Radakovich says negotiations with both properties are ongoing.
The state Board of Regents last week authorized Georgia Tech to break ground on the new complex next spring.
Hank McCamish, a 1950 Georgia Tech graduate, is founder and chairman of an accounting, insurance and retirement systems company in Atlanta. He donated $15 million for the project.
Though the basketball court itself will retain the name of former men’s coach Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech will honor coach William Alexander, the institute’s athletic director from 1920-44, with an outdoor courtyard.
McCamish will have a seating capacity of 8,900. Alexander’s capacity is 9,191.