Facility Friday: K-State South Endzone, Illinois Softball and More | Athletic Business

Facility Friday: K-State South Endzone, Illinois Softball and More

Kansas State University broke ground on its South Endzone project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The $52 million project will include new premium seating areas, an expanded event space and upgraded restroom and concessions facilities, as well as expand the concourse by nearly 4,500 square feet. The project is expected to be complete by the start of the 2021 football season. — KStateSports.com

Cache (Okla.) High School recently celebrated the completion of its new wrestling practice gym. The $800,000 project was financed with leftover bond money. It includes wall mats and a dojo floor made of plywood and Styrofoam blocks intended to cut down on impacts. The facility will be used for P.E. classes, and be available for general community use. — KSWO.com

The University of Illinois announced that after receiving a $3 million gift, it would break ground on the Rex and Alice A. Martin Softball Training Center. The $6 million project will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the school’s softball program, with approximately 13,000 square feet of space. The center will have a full infield, cages for hitting and pitching, a new recruiting lobby and an expanded player lounge. The project is expected to begin construction in late 2020, and be completed by December 2021. — FightingIllini.com

The Iowa Board of Regents issued $59.9 million in revenue bonds to help fund a new Sports Performance Center near Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium. Plans call for 110,000-square-foot facility, with amenities such as a fitness facility, a dining center, academic space and a football team locker room. — AmesTrib.com

Southern Methodist University announced that it had received a $5 million gift that will help create the Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium. The facility will host the school’s men’s and women’s soccer programs, as well as the track and field and cross country teams. The stadium will include seating for 2,577 fans, a 400-meter outdoor track, and a structure for locker rooms and team meeting space. — SMU.edu

The University of Oklahoma announced that it had received a major gift that will help fund upgrades to L. Dale Mitchell Park, the school’s baseball stadium. So far, the project has raised $3.6 million of a total expected cost of $15 million. Plans call for new locker rooms, training areas, coaches’ offices, team meeting areas and chair-back seating, among other upgrades. — SoonerSports.com

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