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.