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LOOK: Alabama planning major facilities upgrades

Alabama on Thursday unveiled plans for major upgrades into its major athletics facilities. Dubbed the Crimson Standard, Alabama will sink $600 million -- that's six hundred million dollars -- into upgrading the Mal Moore Athletic Facility, Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, home of the Crimson Tide's basketball and gymnastics teams.

Upgrades planned for the Mal Moore facility are an enhanced lobby, new treatment facility, a two-level sports science center and an upgraded football locker room.

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At Bryant-Denny, the focus will be on upgrading the game day experience for three key constituencies: players, recruits and donors.

Alabama will install a new recruiting lounge, a new game day locker room and lots and lots of premium seating areas. In addition to constructing new facades on the east and west sides, Alabama will cut out a recently-constructed student seating area to install a new video board.

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Similar upgrades will be poured into Coleman Coliseum.

The decade-long project is not expected to begin until after the 2019 season. Nearly a quarter ($143 million) of the required $600 million has already raised, and Nick and Terry Saban committed $1 million on Thursday.

Bryant-Denny's capacity, which jumped from 92,000 to 101,821 after a 2010 expansion, is expected to drop below 100,000 with the premium seating upgrades.

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