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PSU to break ground on event center Tuesday

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PSU breaks ground on event center Tuesday

Officials from Pittsburg State University, the city of Pittsburg, the Kansas Board of Regents and private donors will officially break ground on the university’s new indoor event center at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in John Lance Arena. At that time, PSU President Steve Scott will announce the name of the facility, which will honor a major donor.

University officials said they will hold the ceremonial groundbreaking indoors, in the same way they did for the nearby Center for the Arts, out of concern for the comfort and convenience of those attending.

Dirt work on the $13 million event center is well underway. When completed in the spring of 2015, the event center will encompass more than 154,000 square feet and will include a 100-yard turf field, an 11,000-square-foot modern strength facility, a 300-meter track and seating for up to 1,500. It will also include locker rooms for men’s and women’s track and football, offices and meeting rooms.

In addition to private donors, PSU students and the city of Pittsburg have provided major support for the project.

Earlier this year, the NCAA selected Pittsburg State to host the 2016 and 2018 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Championships. The construction of the indoor event center was key in the NCAA’s decision, officials said.

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