Jan. 8, 2009
By Kaity Mallo
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Visible progress on Colorado State's highly anticipated new athletic facilities began this week.
The $20 million projects, under simultaneous construction east and south of Moby Arena, are CSU's most significant athletic facilities upgrades since the arena and Hughes Stadium opened in the 1960s.
CSU's spectacular new indoor practice facility saw its steel frame and roof arches begin to be erected this week. The process will continue throughout the month.
Also this week, crews laid the foundation of the new academic and training center. In February, the building's steel frame will be installed. Barring delays, both facilities will be ready by fall 2009.
Construction cam launches
Those who visit CSU's new athletics facilities Web site can watch on a live-streaming construction camera as workers erect the roof of the new indoor practice facility, piece by piece. The camera is available at http://www.colostate.edu/athleticscampaign/facilities-ipf.aspx.
The academic and training center camera is available at http://www.colostate.edu/athleticscampaign/facilities-atc.aspx.
The building of the new facilities will not only enhance the student-athlete experience but also allow CSU to compete for top recruits.
The $13 million indoor practice facility, located north of the Student Recreation Center, will create much needed space for various CSU athletic teams to practice. Plans for the 66,267-sqaure-foot facility include a 70-yard synthetic turf practice field and a four-lane track. Hitting practice for both softball and golf can be set up on the football field. Regulation-size basketball and volleyball courts are also included in the layouts for the indoor facility, in addition to the football field.
The $7 million academic and training center, located south of the McGraw Athletic Center, is approximately 1,700 square feet. This building will consist of a high-quality weight room, as well as the 8,500-square-foot Anderson Academic Center, complete with private tutoring rooms, a large computer lab, workstations and offices for the academic staff.
Having these resources available to student-athletes will provide them with an opportunity to meet the academic standards required of them and promote the integrity of the university.
Naming opportunities available
During construction, fundraising continues for the project. Part of the successful completion of the two facilities relies on raising funds to pay back the $20 million in bonds. Up to this point, more than $2.5 million has been collected toward the goal.
The athletic department, with help from the Athletic Director's Cabinet (a small volunteer group formed to help raise funds for athletics), is working diligently to present the facility-investment opportunities to the numerous alumni and Rams fans throughout the state and country.
"Over the next several months we will be focusing on securing naming opportunities for these transformational facilities," said Mike LaPlante, associate athletic director for development.
For information on how to get involved with either facility, visit http://www.colostate.edu/athleticscampaign/give.aspx, or contact the CSU athletic development office at 970/491-4666.
Bobo releases post-spring depth chart
Colorado State wrapped up its spring camp on April 22 and now will have weights and conditioning ...
Recap: CSU battles in loss to Air Force
Colorado State’s 2016-17 tennis season came to a close on Thursday afternoon, falling to...
Preview: Rams travel to Steve Scott...
The Colorado State track & field team returns to action this weekend at the Steve Scott...
Jake Staiano named to Mountain West Men's Golf ...
The sophomore leads the Rams in scoring average and top-10 and top-25 finishes this year
Anticipation mounting for opening of new stadium
Following a highly successful first round of season-ticket purchases for Colorado State...
Prendergast earns All-Mountain West 2nd-team...
A big day became bigger for Colorado State women’s golfer Katrina Prendergast. Hours after ...
Prendergast selected to NCAA Regionals for 2nd ...
For the second consecutive season, Colorado State women’s golfer Katrina Prendergast is...
CSU volleyball releases 2017 schedule
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams volleyball team and Head Coach Tom Hilbert...