New Track & Field Facility

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  1. jaretac

    jaretac Well-Known Member

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    #1 jaretac, Jun 12, 2009
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    In an other thread we speculated that a new Track & Field facility would be the next project for Iowa State, tunes out we were right. Iowa State sought approval from the Iowa board of Regents to begin planing a few facility. It would cost around $5 million and would (in theory) be built next year. Sorry, nothing about the end-zone.

    See page 8
    http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/DocketMemos/09Memos/June/0609_ITEM10.pdf
     
  2. brianhos

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    Probably a good idea, the ISU track is a dump. It is worse than most HS tracks.
     
  3. CrossCyed

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    It looks like it will be completely privately funded according to that? Sweet. I wonder if they're gonna fix up the SW Athletic complex?
     
  4. CYKOFAN

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    This may go over like a lead balloon, but shouldn't this money be going toward bowling in the south end zone? Wouldn't that be enjoyed by a lot more fans and do a lot for the football program and therefore the whole athletic department? Correct me if I'm missing something here.
     
  5. CrossCyed

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    I'm guessing if its funded privately, the donor(s) wanted it specifically for track and field.
     
  6. jaretac

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    Allot of the money was donated to go to specifically to the Track & Field facility. The other issue is that we are not even remotely close to being able to build the S end-zone and are current track facility is in dire need. It makes more sense to spend the money now on improving our facilities, versus hording the money (which would amount to nothing compared to the total cost of the S. end-zone) so we can build a facility in 5-10 years.

    It will likely be built across from the stadium, that is where JP wants to build the gateway complex which will hopefully include someday a softball, baseball, and aquatic center.
     
  7. CYKOFAN

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    You could be right CrossCyed and I hope that's the case, otherwise it would seem more logical to put that money toward the south end zone to make the Jack look like a Big 12 stadium for recruiting as much as the Iowa and Nebraska games.
     
  8. CYKOFAN

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    jaretec- Are you talking about the area east of the stadium for the gateway complex? Doesn't that area get flooded every few years from the Skunk River?
     
  9. Do away with the SW Athletic Complex. We need to get all athletic facilities in one general vicinity.
     
  10. sodakjoe

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    Yeah...like the Basketball practice facility! Oh...wait...
     
  11. CyPride

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    It will likely be built across from the stadium, that is where JP wants to build the gateway complex which will hopefully include someday a softball, baseball, and aquatic center.[/QUOTE]

    Talk about dreaming.

    ....and, bowling in our stadium? riigghhttt......
     
  12. ajk4st8

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  13. Better build a levee or our Athletic Department will be in the same boat as Iowa was in last year... literally...
     
  14. jaretac

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    But people don't go to watch the player practice. Yes, it would be nice to have the facility closer, but it's the spectator facilities that need to be centrally located.
     
  15. ISU4ME

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    Jacobsen just donated another $5 million to ISU recently. I wonder if this is where the $$$ is coming from?
     
  16. IcSyU

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    You accomplish exactly what again without having dreams? Oh yeah, nothing.

    I'm interested to see what this facility looks like. $5 million is a lot of money you can put towards a track and field facility, especially when you know that you don't have to do anything too terribly special with Drake right down the road hosting anything remotely huge.
     
  17. tec71

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    I don't think so. That $5M was for the Jacobson concourse at the football stadium I think. Although I saw **** Jacobson and Paul Rhodes at Splash one Wednesday night a month or so ago.

    $5M won't go as far as one thinks especially if they have to acquire land. Even if they don't the surface alone can quickly add up, plus if they are doing it they really need to build enough seating and facilities to support the conference meet.
     
  18. CyForPresident

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    The Track facility is probably the smallest thing being built. ISU has a lot of plans for renovations, especially for the college of agriculture.
     
  19. jdoggivjc

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    I assume the $5M is just a start - build the basics now, nice facilities and a high quality track. More frills can be added on later.
     
  20. clonedude

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    This 5 million was probably private funds that HAD to be used for track and field.

    And as nice as bowling in the south endzone would look... it's not needed right now IMO. We wouldn't even be able to fill it, with the exception of the Iowa and Nebraska games. Sorry to say it folks, but the demand for more seating at Jack Trice is just not there yet. Now if Rhoads can string together some 6+ winning seasons, then we might have to consider it.
     

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