A groundbreaking ceremony today marked the kickoff of construction on the California State University, Stanislaus Student Recreation and Sports Complex.
The $16.2 million project on the northeast side of the campus near Geer Road and Christoffersen Way will include an 18,644 square-foot Student Fitness Center featuring the latest in workout equipment and exercise areas, a 2,300-seat lighted soccer/track and field stadium that features team locker rooms, restrooms, a press box, and storage areas. The project also includes an adjacent lighted intramural field, a practice field, and 44-space parking lot. The stadium track will be a state-of-the-art Rekortan M99 polyurethane micro-foam surface. McFadden Construction of Stockton is the contractor selected for the project.
Gathering near the existing track and soccer field facilities before turning the ceremonial first shovels in the ground, University administration and student leaders expressed enthusiasm and high anticipation about the facility that is scheduled for completion in late Fall 2008. The complex proposal was approved overwhelmingly by students in a May 2006 initiative vote.
CSU Stanislaus President Ham Shirvani said, "Today's ceremony is a time to celebrate a great addition to the University's recreation and athletics programs. Our students will now be able to enjoy state-of-the-art facilities to enhance personal wellness." President Shirvani also announced that he is recommending to the CSU Chancellor that the track be named in honor of the late Al Brenda, a former Warriors track & field coach, longtime coach and teacher at the college and high school level, and athletic club founder.
"Students feel a sense of pride about seeing work start on this long-anticipated sports complex," said Andrew Janz, CSU Stanislaus Associated Students, Inc. President. "As a student facility, it will provide more opportunities for recreational and competitive sporting activities and events."
The project will be administratively run by the University through the Division of Student Affairs with benefit of an advisory board, comprised of students and campus administrators. "Students have had an active role in all of the planning and decision-making, and have demonstrated a lot of vision in moving this project forward," said Stacey Morgan-Foster, Vice President for Student Affairs.
Athletics Director Milt Richards said, "The Complex will enable us to continue improving the quality of our programs and will help us recruit top-notch student athletes for our soccer and track and field teams."