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Volume 70, Issue 5, Friday, August 27, 2004


Fans will get closer to the action, 
hopefully not get hit by volleyball

Cougar Sports Services

For those fans who may want to get a closer and more personal feel for the UH volleyball squad, the time has come.

With renovations planned for the entire floor at the Hofheinz Pavilion -- home to not only the volleyball team but also both men's and women's basketball squads -- volleyball games will take place this season at the Athletic/Alumni Center.

"We have all been working to create the best atmosphere possible," senior women's administrator Diane Hall told "We feel this will provide a more intimate setting that will be enjoyable for spectators."

The decision was made earlier this month, and the Athletic Department has made efforts to make the AAC a notable arena to watch the volleyball matches. 

Fans will be sitting just a few feet from the court, thus potentially giving the feeling of actually being part of the game.

The move to the AAC is scheduled to be temporary; however, it may be permanent after an evaluation at the end of the season.

In addition, the remodeling of the floor in Hofheinz should be complete by the time the volleyball postseason comes, should it be needed for any tournament.

The main area of the pavilion's floor currently consists of a removable floor surrounded by cement and permanent flooring. 

Plans are to convert this entire surface into a wood finish.

"Ideally, we would love to have the resources to build a facility that would accommodate volleyball and about 1,500 to 3,000 fans," Hall told

The season begins with UH hosting a tournament beginning Sept. 3. 

Teams coming to challenge the Cougars are Maryland, Kansas State and California.

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