Press Release University of Arkansas:
Constructionof the University of Arkansas' new Baseball and Track Indoor Training Facilityis officially underway even as funding is still being raised for the project.
Approximately $1 million has been raised for the facility allowing constructionto begin with potential completion of the project as early as the summer of2014. The facility will be funded by athletic revenues, additional gifts, andproceeds from a bond issue for the projects. The total project cost iscurrently estimated at approximately $9.6million.
"The baseball and track indoor training facility will give the University ofArkansas the finest indoor training facilities for baseball and indoor trackand field in the nation," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Longsays. "This facility vaults us ahead of our competition in the SEC andnationally. With this addition, inclement weather is no longer a factor for ourbaseball, men's and women's track and field programs.
"In an effort to provide three of our most nationally competitive programs withthis important facility as soon as possible, we have started construction evenas we continue to seek support from donors through our ‘Never Yield' campaign.We sincerely appreciate all of those who have already contributed to thisfacility and are making a difference in the lives of Razorbackstudent-athletes."
The baseball and track indoor training facility is located on the north side ofthe existing Randal Tyson Track Center. The facility will provide approximately52,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space, including a practiceinfield, throwing area, batting areas and ancillary team spaces. It also wouldallow all indoor track and field meet throwing events to be held in thefacility, including the weight throw which is currently contested inside WalkerPavilion. The baseball and track indoor training facility will serve more than150 student-athletes annually.
The design team on the project is Witsell Evans Rasco from Little Rock and HKSout of Dallas. Kinco Constructors, Inc., the general contractor for the newbaseball and track indoor training facility, has already completed preliminarysite work including demolition of an existing parking lot and the frontentrance of the Randal Tyson Track Center.
The baseball and track indoor facility is one of three projects part of theNever Yield fundraising initiative announced earlier this month. Never Yield,originated from a signature line in the University of Arkansas' fight song,serves as a program-wide motto to help raise the national profile of RazorbackAthletics while bringing fans together in their support for the more than 460student-athletes representing the University of Arkansas. In addition to thebaseball and track indoor training facility, the Never Yield campaign also willprovide support for the basketball practice facility and Student-AthleteSuccess Center, moving forward with three key projects in the RazorbackAthletics Facilities Master Plan.
For more information regarding Razorback Athletics, please visitArkansasRazorbacks.com.