Haas Scoreboards Almost Complete

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Although the past couple of years would seem to dictate otherwise, construction in and outside Haas Pavilion is slated to finish soon.

The delayed installation of scoreboards in Haas, along with the construction outside of the building, will conclude Oct. 13, according to Director of Athletic Administration Bob Driscoll.

The installation of the scoreboards, which was supposed to be completed earlier this year, has been held up due to safety concerns.

"There have been some seismic issues, (along with) the logistics of installing scoreboard(s) of this magnitude," Driscoll said.

Upon completion, a scoreboard will sit in each corner of the Pavilion, complimented by two replay screens on the north and south ends of the building.

"It's kind of a halo," Driscoll explained. "In each corner of the building there will be a scoreboard and over each basket will be two replay screens - like a JumboTron."

Work being done on the outside of the building is slated to finish around the same time as the interior additions. The newly renovated exterior and space surrounding the building's entrance will be named Spieker Plaza.

If construction is finished by the projected date, Haas will be fully functional in time for the beginning of basketball practice, which kicks off on Oct. 15 with Midnight Madness.

The only team currently affected by the scoreboard situation is the volleyball squad.

The team has practiced and competed in the Recreational Sports Facility Fieldhouse since August.

"We'd love to be in Haas," Cal coach Rich Feller said. "We'd love to practice and play there."

Because the team practices and plays in the RSF, Feller does not consider the current location an inconvenience. But if the Bears had to shift back and forth between the RSF and Haas, Feller said he would consider the construction a nuisance.

"We definitely want to practice where we play," Feller said.

If things stay on track for the Oct. 13 completion date, the volleyball team will play in Haas by the end of its season.

This would be similar to last season, when the Bears finished their season at Haas after starting in the RSF.

According to Feller, returning to Haas would be ideal, provided the Bears have time to practice and get reacquainted with the larger building.

But practice time at Haas might be hard to come by when the men's and women's basketball teams begin their seasons in November.

By the time construction is complete, the volleyball team will have few home games remaining and might stay in the comfortable confines of the RSF.

"I think the RSF is an awesome place to play," senior volleyball player Alicia Perry said. "Haas is a pretty big place. Everything is so spread out."


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