The Associated Press, The Bangor Daily News, News Center Maine, The Portland Press Herald, The Penobscot Bay Pilot, The Maine Edge, Maine Public, WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland), WVII (Channel 7), WABI (Channel 5), WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) Q106.5 FM and 92.9 FM The Ticket reported that the University of Maine sports facilities master plan announced on Wednesday includes a new basketball building, three new artificial turf fields illuminated and two new domed installations. Shared BDN renderings of the facilities, and WABI has captured the enthusiasm for the UMaine Athletics community plan. UMaine sports director Ken Ralph explained the plans in interviews with WABI, 92.9 FM and 96.3 FM The Big JAB in Portland. Ralph and University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy also spoke to WVOM about the initiative. Basketball coaches Richard Barron and Amy Vachon spoke with the BDN following the announcement of plans to build a new 3,000 seat basketball facility on campus. Women’s soccer coach Scott Atherley, softball coach Mike Coutts, baseball coach Nick Derba and field hockey coach Josette Babineau also chatted with the BDN, noting that the improvements are a recruiting tool and an indication of UMaine’s commitment to athletics. Atherley, Vachon and Dennis “Red” Gendron, head coach of men’s ice hockey, also spoke to WABI about their enthusiasm for the projects. The improvements will be made thanks to a donation of $ 90 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation and $ 20 million from private funds. Learn more by watching a recording of the Blueprint press conference. Construction Equipment Guide shared the story of the Penobscot Bay pilot.