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Board of Governors approves construction of new indoor athletic facility

By WILL VANCE
On April 18, 2013

The Marshall University Board of Governors has approved the contract to approve construction of a new indoor athletic facility.The $16,350,000 contract will build the structure that will house a 120-yard turf field surrounded by a 300-meter track. It will also include a new Hall of Fame, a state-of-the-art student-athlete academic center and a Sports Medicine Research Center, according to a press release.“It’s huge, huge for the entire athletic department,” Marshall Head Football Coach Doc Holliday said during spring practice Thursday. “Give [Marshall Director of Athletics] Mike Hamrick a lot of credit for getting done what he’s been able to get done with the economic conditions that are out there.”“Recruiting is the name of the game, and kids buy with their eyes.” Holliday said. “When they walk in and see the nicest indoor facility in the state, and the nicest facility in our conference, it can make a big difference.”The indoor facilities are the second phase of the Vision Campaign, with the first phase being the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, which is already being constructed on Fifth Avenue.“It is also critical for the entire athletic department,” Holliday said. “The track team will have a new track, the baseball and soccer teams can use it and the entire University benefits from it.”The indoor facilities will account for $20 million of the $30 million Vision Campaign. Currently, $15 million of the athletic department’s goal of $20 million in private funding has been raised, with the remaining $10 million coming from a surcharge on athletics tickets, according to the release.Construction on the indoor athletic facility is set to being within 30-60 days.Will Vance can be contacted at vance162@marshall.edu.

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