I have noticed some big items missing at some of the athletic facilities noticeably involving track. Why did we build a massive grandstand on the track complex that did not have a press box with a PA system? Even small rural higschools have a press box at their complex. The tennis courts were designed terribly with the spectator seating only providing good views of three tennis courts, and a couple of the corner courts at the facility are partially blocked out from the spectator area. The one area that makes no sense at all is the side courts in the athletic center. The architecture firm put in practice basketball and volleyball courts, but it was like the courts were a late afterthought. They squeezed them into the facility in a way where it is difficult to have a track event, yet still have the courts accessible to the volleyball team for practice. Also they did not build big enough restrooms for spectators or a conçession stand for indoor track events.
Back in the 90s when UH added these facilities they either hired an architecture firm with not much athletic experience or a unimaginative firm that did not plan well for future upgrades. It seems like just recently UH finally designed the new facilities for future upgrades, unfortunately this still leaves UH having to spend millions to upgrade the 90s built facilities. I hope UH learned its lesson for the future on having a long term plan for facilities.
Unless we get into a P-5, funding for facilities upgrades will be an issue, so we need to be smart about the design. Something I noticed, that I felt like sharing.