The Wolfpacker

November 2015 Issue

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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30 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY TIM PEELER PHOTOS BY KEN MARTIN he deconstruction of the vast in- terior of historic Reynolds Coli- seum is done, and reconstruction in now underway in "The House That Case Built." Thousands of the old red seats — with a hidden coat of their original green paint slightly exposed — were sold by the Wolf- pack Club to fans looking for a final sou- venir from the arena, which opened on NC State's campus in 1949 and was home to Wolfpack men's basketball for 50 years. The process to create a refurbished home for longtime tenants women's basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling con- tinues to take shape. The interior of the building has been stripped, exposing the old Tartan synthetic surface that was installed in the 1970s, and most of the walls in the main lobby and north end of the coliseum have been removed. All the Tennessee red granite has been removed from the interior walls. The steel beams for the second-floor of- fices are now being installed and the upper concourse display cases that will tell the history of all 23 varsity sports are starting to have a framework. Ductwork for the first permanent air- conditioning has been installed, as well as the first sprinkler system in the rafters. Reynolds will unquestionably be more comfortable and safe when it reopens next fall. The ambitious, 16-month, $35 million Looking into the Grand Hall from the west concourse. Construction workers were installing one of the first steel beams for the framework of the new Reynolds Coliseum Walk of Fame and History Grand Hall located on the north end of the arena. A view from the court of the south end of the stadium, with the center section of seats now removed and opened into the upper concourse. A view of the Grand Hall from the original lobby of Reynolds Coliseum. The university seal that is embedded in the floor, covered here, will be preserved in the renovated Reynolds. A view from the court looking out at the old Reynolds lobby, which will be converted into the Reynolds Coliseum Walk of Fame and His- tory Grand Hall.

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