COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The University of Colorado Board of Regents agreed Thursday that UCCS should proceed with building a $12 million indoor track and field facility and baseball diamond on the western edge of the campus.
With the Regent action, UCCS will continue with private fundraising efforts and planning for the new structures.
Plans call for construction of an indoor track and field facility and a baseball stadium. The 2012 UCCS Facilities Master Plan designated the area near North Nevada Avenue as an area for sports facilities. This year, UCCS added sports including baseball, women's lacrosse and expanded track and field programs for men and women. New and existing teams would use the practice facility which is estimated to cost $7 million. The baseball diamond would add $5 million in costs. Current plans are for UCCS baseball to use fields at Memorial Park for games beginning this spring. The team also began practices at Security Service Field used by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
"The continued vitality of the athletics program at UCCS hinges, in part, on the completion of these facilities," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak wrote in a memo to the Regents. "There will be a positive impact on student recruitment and retention if this project is approved. It has been shown through the success of teams using the Gallogly Events Center that support of an engaged program can lead to significant success."
"These facilities will give our new baseball and expanded track and field teams the home that they need to recruit the top student-athletes in our region,” said Athletic Director Nate Gibson. “It will also provide the on-campus home for their classmates and our student body to see them compete. We have already received strong interest from individuals and businesses who are ready to take part in this project."
With the Regents approval, project planning will being in earnest with the goal of completion in January 2018.