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The Pit gains recognition for architectural design and acoustics

on Friday,January 14,2011 21:01

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A large amount of architectural planning typically goes into creating an arena, but the University of New Mexico had one condition in mind when they renovated the University Arena: begin building from under ground.

The school is renowned for its enthusiastic college basketball fans, but the arena previously had a limited capacity of 14,018 seats, according to ESPN. In 1975, the University of New Mexico made the decision to build additional decks above the established seating. More than 2,300 extra seats later, the stadium has been renamed "The Pit" for its loud crowd and location under ground.

"It's almost as loud as a plane taking off at an airport," radio personality Mike Roberts told the news source. "There were a lot of times when I knew I was calling the game because my lips were moving, but I couldn't hear a thing I said."

Chief architect Joe Boehning designed the stadium, which has become known around the sports world for its acoustics. Recently, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson cut the ribbon on a $60 million upgrade to "The Pit."

Employment in architecture is projected to increase by 16 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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