ISU 'Dreams' of Major Sports Facilities Improvement

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(Image courtesy of Indiana State University) (Image courtesy of Indiana State University)

When Indiana State University developed a master plan for its campus, it didn’t include sports and athletic facilities. That’s about to change.  The university last week revealed a major plan for its sports facilities, according to a report from the Tribune Star of Terre Haute.

The goal of the master plan, according to the publication, is to consolidate ISU's athletic facilities into a Sports District along the First Street corridor

The massive project, with no price tag or funding in place, includes construction of a new 8,000 seat on-campus football stadium, renovation of the current football facility for other uses, a new basketball practice facility and a new softball stadium.

Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis, Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales and representatives from an architecture firm presented the Athletic Master Plan and the Sycamore Sports District.

"Without a vision? You have no goal. Visions are very important. This athletics master plan is a vision for what could be," Curtis said.

The newspaper reports that cost remains a question. The presenters made it clear that the presentation was aspirational in nature, saying none of the proposed facilities have allocated funding.

"It's not a fundraising plan, there will be no dollars discussed, it's not a commitment to the details you'll see in this presentation because those are likely to evolve. What this is, is a big, bold dream," said Curtis.

The university president said it’s crucial to take action with the sports complex if ISU intends to remain competitive in Missouri Valley Conference in attracting athletes.

“We have some beautiful facilities — the cross-country course and the Hulman Center (multi-purpose arena) renovations are terrific — but some of our other facilities are not what they should be. That's where we're headed at this point."

You can read the full report form the Tribune Star by clicking here.

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