by Chris Bahn
Posted 8/16/2013 01:29 pm
Updated 8 months ago
The University of Arkansas has begun construction on a combination baseball/track indoor training facility, though it has raised just $1 million of the nearly $10 million needed for the project.
Construction on the 52,000-SF facility could be complete as early as summer. A UA news release said the $9.6 million project will be funded by a mix of private donations, athletic revenues and proceeds from a bond issue.
"The baseball and track indoor training facility will give the University of Arkansas the finest indoor training facilities for baseball and indoor track and field in the nation," athletic director Jeff Long said. "This facility vaults us ahead of our competition in the SEC and nationally. With this addition, inclement weather is no longer a factor for our baseball, men’s and women’s track and field programs.
"In an effort to provide three of our most nationally competitive programs with this important facility as soon as possible, we have started construction even as we continue to seek support from donors through our 'Never Yield' campaign. We sincerely appreciate all of those who have already contributed to this facility and are making a difference in the lives of Razorback student-athletes."
Arkansas will build the combo facility on the north side of the existing Randal Tyson Track Center. Included will be practice infield, throwing area, batting cage for baseball and a weight throwing area for track.
Witsell Evans Rasco from Little Rock and HKS out of Dallas are the architects. Kinco Constructors Inc., the general contractor for the new baseball and track indoor training facility, has already completed preliminary site work including demolition of an existing parking lot and the front entrance of the Randal Tyson Track Center.