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Iowa State asks Board of Regents for permission to construct $90 million “sports performance center”


This news story was published on November 18, 2018.
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Artist rendering via Iowa State U.

AMES – The Iowa State Athletics Department asked for final approval from the Board of Regents on Thursday, Nov. 15, to begin construction of a $90 million, 110,000-square foot, sports performance center and a spectacular new lighted plaza outside the north entrance to MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium.

“When we initiated this project, our vision was to provide our student-athletes state of the art facilities that would allow all 450 of them to study, train and compete with the best student-athletes in the nation,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “I could not be more excited and pleased that multiple donors have stepped up to provide the necessary resources to make our vision a reality.”

Pollard noted that in April the BOR gave Iowa State the ability to continue planning the project while developing a sound financial model.

“The support from our donors has been outstanding,” Pollard said. “We’ve raised more than $40 million in private support and fully expect to raise additional funding once the project is officially approved by the Board of Regents.”

The architectural renderings showcase a spectacular four-story facility connected to the Bergstrom Football Complex that will include a 20,000-square foot academic and student services center, dining facilities and a sports nutrition center for all student-athletes.

The football team’s facility will be expanded and renovated – including nearly 20,000-square feet of additional locker room, team lounges, additional offices and gathering spaces – to meet its program needs. In addition, a new Olympic sports center will be located in the new facility that will include locker rooms, batting cages, weight room and sports medicine facilities for soccer, softball, tennis and golf.

Finally, a dramatic lighted plaza and gathering space will be developed north of the stadium that will transform the entrances to the Jacobson Athletic Complex, the sports performance center and MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium.

“The new lighted plaza – located on the north end of the stadium – will provide a sensational social space for fans as well as a Cyclone-themed entrance to our facilities,” Pollard said.

The project is expected to break ground in June, 2019 and will take approximately two years to fully complete.

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16 Responses to Iowa State asks Board of Regents for permission to construct $90 million “sports performance center”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 21, 2018 at 7:50 am

    We heard that this board is also the god father in charge of many large corporation decisions – also state wide backed projects using your taxpayer money. Sorta like eminent domain if you get our drift.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 20, 2018 at 10:06 am

    But ! If you break that down that’s only 10k per week.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 20, 2018 at 9:49 am

    These are people that call themselves god make $500,000.00 + per year so why should they care about your peon thoughts/concerns ?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Hmm, so this is why college tution just keeps going up.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      ????? This is funded entirely by donations. Tuition keeps going up because the sheeple of Iowa keep electing dullards who continue to de-fund education.

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    money is never ever a problem in public schools, endless $$$$

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Good place to house the illegals already in iowa – you do know we have sanctuary cityies counties in Iowa – THANKS DEMOCRAPS for your destroy America agenda ! Socialists/commies

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Wow, your like must just suck. To make everything about your hatred toward the other political party? I cant even imagine being around you in real life. You have got to be the biggest crybaby I have ever seen.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2018 at 8:06 am

    If they have that much money to spend they do not need our tax money.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Its private donations funding this project. Unfortunately you and me have no business telling others where and how they can spend their money.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        Less than half so far is donations. Take into consideration that after its built, upkeep will come out of school funds.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm

          Its being funded entirely by donations. The maintenance and upkeep does not come out of academic funds, it cones out of the athletic budget – a net money maker for the university.

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            Anonymous

            November 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

            That’s BULL and you know it. It is all money that could be used for education instead of wasting it on sports.

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            Anonymous

            November 21, 2018 at 10:23 am

            Dummy, it is DONATIONS. You and me have no business telling other people to spend THEIR money on education instead of sports pavilions. You’re attempt to construe that somehow money is diverted for maintenance and operations from education is not a valid argument as the football program is a net money maker at Iowa State. What part of this don’t you understand? Please tell me that you do not vote.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

    notice the numerical coding, everything by the #’s add it up the zero’s do not count.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2018 at 5:04 am

    hunger game headquarters.