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Sun August 24, 2014
Sports

Expansion and Improvements Planned for EKU Athletic Facilities

Colonel Football Fan Day Event on Saturday
Colonel Football Fan Day Event on Saturday
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Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is seeing a great deal of change around the Richmond campus.  Dan McBride is the newly named Senior Associate Athletics Director.  McBride says one of his primary duties is to oversee facility improvements.  "A big portion of my responsibilities now is gonna be dealing with the expansion at the baseball stadium, the expansion at the softball field, expansion at the football stadium.  I oversaw the installation of the new lights and the new floor in the coliseum.  The new lights at baseball and softball fields this year," said McBride.

Plans are being finalized for a $15 million upgrade to EKU’s football stadium.  McBride says there are multiple concepts being discussed for the new structure.  "We have a lot of ideas, a lot of things we would like to do.  In addition to having seating and suites, and meeting and locker room space, we’re exploring possibly moving our academic center into the new facility. Possibly maybe doing something with the nutrition program and having a cafeteria area like with the restaurant management program," added McBride.

McBride says work on the new stadium could be underway during the next football season. If so, he's hopeful construction would be completed before the fall of 2016.​