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Metro State University to build $12 million athletic complex

10:50 AM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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The footprint includes baseball, softball and soccer fields and eight tennis courts.

"The complex will provide a new home for Roadrunner athletic events as well as academic programs," says MSU President Stephen Jordan. "This will continue the physical transformation underway on our campus and is the kind of facility that our students and student-athletes deserve."

In addition to the athletic and academic programs, the University will host activities for the surrounding community's youth on site.

The 12.5 acre complex will be the home of six of the Roadrunners' 15 sports including baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's tennis. The three fields will have synthetic turf surfaces. (For the complete list of intercollegiate sports, see below.)

The new athletic complex will be located south of the Colfax Avenue viaduct adjacent to Shoshone Street, east of I-25. The site for the facility once held various fuel, food and cold-storage facilities via rail line, which will require some environmental cleanup as part of the development.

"We have been talking about this facility for a number of years," says Joan McDermott, Director of Athletics. "This will be a first-class facility for our athletic programs and we can't wait to see the project underway."

The complex will be the fourth MSU Denver-owned facility, established as part of the University's master plan. It follows the opening of the new Center for Visual Art in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, and the Student Success Building and Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center along Auraria Parkway on the Auraria Campus.

The projected $12 million project will take place in phases with the elements of phases two and three conditional on the funds available for construction. Phase one will break ground in January 2013 and will include eight tennis courts as well as other site work scheduled for completion in April 2013. Phase two is the baseball and soccer fields and phase three includes the softball field and locker rooms. 

Through a memorandum of agreement in 2011 with the Auraria Higher Education Center, MSU Denver assumed all campus shared costs for the complex and its facilities, thus retaining full ownership, management oversight and naming rights.

Donors and sponsors can pledge to support the complex by visiting GoMetroState.com and clicking on the facility icon. Anyone interested in more information about the facility or in making a donation is encouraged to contact Associate Director of Development Ran Railey at 303-556-5119 or wrailey@msudenver.edu.

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