Florida State athletics and Seminole Boosters, Inc., will push forward with a standalone building for the football team.
Boosters president and CEO Michael Alford answered questions from boosters during a Zoom event on Monday night and addressed some of the reasoning. Alford said he consulted again with design firm Populous.
“We took a tour and had them do a deep dive,” Alford said. Renovating the Moore Center “just didn’t work.”
The boosters and athletics department are taking a look at the original proposed standalone facility site, the parking lot adjacent to the outdoor football practice fields, as well as a few other options.
“When we build something we want to build something that’s going to last, to stand the test of time, that’s going to be a difference-maker,” Alford said.
Alford said Populous would soon present some final designs.
Alford added support from fans he has talked to has been quite strong. He previously stated the Unconquered Campaign had more than $100 million in pledges ($29 million paid), including almost $40 million in pledges toward the football operations building. The fundraising efforts also include contributions for operations, other sports and scholarships.
Fundraising for the $100 million, five-year campaign began in the fall of 2018. With two-and-a-half years remaining in the campaign — and the pledge goal reached — Alford said the boosters and athletics will reassess needs, and costs of construction, including the new football design while they continue to raise additional pledges and payments.
“We’re re-examining,” Alford said, “as some of the priorities have changed and we’re going to be launching some new initiatives under the same campaign.”