DESTIN - Massive renovations planned for the O'Connell Center could force the Florida Gators to play some home men's basketball games in Orlando's Amway Center during the first two months of the 2015-16 season.
UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday the school is "closing in" on funding for the $45-50 million project and will have a better idea of where finances stand in the two weeks after meetings of the school's Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.
The renovations would begin following the 2014-15 season in March and be completed ideally by January of 2016, Foley told reporters at the SEC Spring Meetings.
The Gators' men's basketball team likely would play home games during November and December of 2015 in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise.
Coach Billy Donovan said he hopes to play two games over three days in those cities.
The Gators drew large crowds at Amway Center during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in March, beating Albany and Pittsburgh to begin UF's run to the Final Four.
Foley did not know where O'Dome funding stands specifically, but said, "I'm confident we're closing in on where we need to be though."Email Edgar Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the Swamp Things blog at www.orlandosentinel.com/swampthings. Follow our UF coverage on Twitter @osgators.