TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa has released a video that allows fans to take a tour of the Bob Martinez Sports Center, which was re-dedicated in a ceremony on Sept. 27.
A few MAC highlights:
•There are 425 lockers — 213 for women, 212 for men. There are additional locker rooms and lockers for UT faculty/staff, game officials and visiting teams.
•The sandblasted sculptural UT logo above the entrance to MAC consists of a seven-foot diameter, etched-glass center, surrounded by a ten-foot diameter metal ring. The glass medallion may be the largest exterior-edge lit, etched-glass sculpture of its kind.
•The MAC lobby utilizes six large skylights.
•The sword in the east wall of the Sword & Shield Room is 45-feet-tall and made of stainless steel. It has a concealed LED lighting scheme that can be controlled to shine red or white.
•The shield in the Sword & Shield Room is made of fiberglass and steel and is 24-feet in diameter.
•The 2,000-pound shield had to be delivered to the site in three pieces: two halves and the formed UT logo.
•The custom-made bronze Spartan helmet was crafted by Eric Thorsen of Bigfork, MT.
•The two full-figure Spartan warrior sculptures standing guard in front of MAC were crafted by W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor of Tallahassee.
•The Spartan sculpture that today is the centerpiece of the Spartan Hall of Champions was also Proctor’s creation. It was a gift to the University from the UT class of 2004 and 2005, and previously stood watch in front of MAC.
•Parts of MAC and HSHP were originally constructed as exhibit halls for the Florida State Fair, which was located on what is now UT property until 1973.
For best quality, please play video on 720p HD. Video created by Travis Misarti.