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Harvard’s Basketball Team May Get New Arena Under Allston Plan

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Harvard University’s Ivy League-champion basketball team will get a new arena in Allston, the Boston neighborhood where the college has started building a science center, according to a construction proposal.

Plans for the arena and for renovations to Harvard’s century-old football stadium will be submitted to Boston city planning officials next week, Kevin Casey, a spokesman for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university, said in an e-mail.

Endowment losses from the financial crisis that began in 2008 forced Harvard to halt work on the planned $1.1 billion science center. University President Drew Faust said in June that construction of the science center, the focal point of a broad plan for expanding into Allston, will resume next year.

Under coach Tommy Amaker, Harvard’s Crimson basketball team had a 26-5 record in the 2011-2012 season. Starters Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey withdrew from school and the team for the current year because of a cheating scandal that has implicated about 125 undergraduates, Sports Illustrated reported in September.

The new basketball arena is planned to be built near Barry’s Corner, a major intersection in Allston, and to include mixed-use, street-level development, Casey said.

Harvard’s U-shaped football stadium was built in 1903. It seats more than 30,000 spectators and has been designated a National Historic Landmark, according to the school’s website.

Harvard’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play in Ray Lavietes Pavilion, formerly called the Briggs Athletic Center, which opened in 1926, according to the website.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Lauerman in Boston at jlauerman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lisa Wolfson at lwolfson@bloomberg.net

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