A wrecking ball began demolishing parts of 88-year-old Sutcliffe Hall on the Centre College campus Thursday to make way for a renovation project.
The building, built in 1915 and the site of the first boys' state high school basketball tournament in 1918, will approximately double in size to 122,000 square feet when the project is complete.
Lexington High School defeated Somerset 16-15 in that first basketball tournament, according to Kentucky High School Athletic Association records.
The project will renovate Alumni Gymnasium, add strength and free weight areas, add new recreational courts for multiple sports, build a new Hall of Fame, and add new locker rooms and classrooms.
The renovation and expansion of Sutcliffe will result in a 122,000-square-foot fitness, recreation, and athletic facility with 62,700 square feet in new construction and 59,300 square feet in renovated space. The work is part of the $40 million "College Centre" project, which will also renovate the Crounse Academic Center.