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GW Basketball Has New Digs: Photos of Smith Center Renovations

George Washington University basketball has been all over the news recently.  Media from around the nation flocked to Foggy Bottom when Kye Allums, a junior on the Colonials' women's basketball team, announced he is a transgender male.  And while Allums is making national headlines, GW's renovations to its arena, the Charles E. Smith Center, has created a buzz throughout the greater Foggy Bottom community.

The arena certainly looks different than it did just a few short years ago.  The renovations cost a whopping $43 million, money that went to giving the facility a face-lift, both inside and out.

In February of 2008, The Robert H. Smith and Charles E. Smith Family Foundations as well as Robert and Arlene Kogod pledged the largest donation in GW's history, giving $10 million to help improve the arena that was relatively dated.  The University raised the rest of the cash on its own.

The renovations happened in three phases, beginning in March of 2009.  The upgrades are significant.  From the glass exterior to the mid-court jumbotron to the chic box-office, the improvements are everywhere.  Still though, some work remains.  The last piece of the third and final phase will see more done to the facade of the stadium as well as the landscape outside of it.

Check out some of these photos and you'll be able to tell the difference.

Or maybe you won't be able to tell just from a photo...in which case you should go and see for yourself.  (Yeah, I know, shameless plug by me for ticket sales for my alma mater.)

The women's basketball team is set to open its regular season home schedule on November 18 vs. Coppin State, while the men will kick-off their Smith Center regular season when they host UNC Wilmington on November 29.

Tickets for both teams are still available, and can be purchased at GWsports.com.

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