LSU Women’s Basketball Team Locker Room Gets $1.5M Upgrade
The Lady Tigers were gobsmacked by the state-of-the-art renovation.
The Louisiana State University women’s basketball team was surprised at the unveiling of its new locker room.
LSU’s official X account posted a video of the reveal and the ladies’ reactions to the facility’s enhanced amenities on Oct. 31. The new space is decked out in the university’s colors, purple and gold. In the video, the players turn several corners to find upgrades such as a film room, lounge, and LED-lit lockers. Vanity desks and a plush lounge area have also been added to the space.
According to Total Pro Sports, the new locker room has been named after donors Jerry and Roselyn Juneau, who privately funded the $1.5 million renovations. The project was approved in June by the university’s board of supervisors.
The New Orleans Advocate reported that the surprise renovations in LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center come amid the Lady Tigers’ first national title win in April. Following the victory, coach Kim Mulkey brought to light the need to modernize the 51-year-old space that was built in 1972.
“I’m not a visionary when it comes to thinking about a building,” she said during the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge luncheon in April. “I just know we need to upgrade. We don’t need to put a coat of paint on it. It’s time to either completely renovate it or build one next to it and tear that one down.
The coach added, “You can’t grab a rail without holding onto somebody.”
Discussions about refurbishing the center sparked in 2017 with ideas to tear down ramps and add escalators and a new entrance lobby. A poll was taken earlier this year to collect ideas from season-ticket holders requesting how to update the center.
The women hoopers of LSU will enjoy their new locker room as they enter the 2023-24 season, according to Total Pro Sports. The returning lineup includes stars, Angel Reese and Flau’jae Johnson.
The Lady Tigers shared their special moment through several social media posts as they embraced the new space.