Among the amenities that’ll soon be available to the University of Evansville’s basketball players: bright lights, a spacious interior and keyless entry.
And no, this has nothing to do with new cars.
Once the Fifth Third Bank Practice Facility opens, basketball players will be able to any day, any time scan into the building using their student ID cards.
“Which is going to be pretty neat – some technology we haven’t seen around here in a while,” said women’s coach Oties Epps said, smiling.
It’s not that players lack access at the Carson Center — men’s coach Marty simmons has made a point to say that — but the new facility will have a different feel.
It’s home to just basketball and has player lounges with a kitchen area. Two gyms make it possible for either team to practice any time.
Had the new facility been open Monday, Epps’ team will also be able to avoid what happened on its first day of practice. Instead of starting at 4 p.m. as they’d hoped, the Aces’ practice was moved back 45 minutes because of a scheduling conflict.
“It’s going to be exciting to get in the gym when we want to get in there and also for our athletes to do the same,” Epps said. “They can get in that extra work.”
Epps said his team plans to start using the new facility on Oct. 12, the same day as the men open practice. The school is still waiting for some finishing touches, such as end goals.