Franklin College Launches Sports Annex Construction
Franklin College has broken ground on the Johnson Memorial Health Athletic Annex, an 11,000-square-foot structure that will serve as an indoor training facility for a variety of the school’s athletic programs. The project is being funded in part by a $1 million gift from Johnson Memorial Health, as well as an undisclosed gift from Indiana University head football coach Tom Allen in honor of his father who graduated from Franklin.
“It will be the first new indoor athletic facility constructed on campus since Spurlock Center was built in 1975, and then subsequently renovated and expanded in 1996,” said Franklin College President Kerry Prather. “This construction also reflects institutional progress and our commitment to supporting students with the resources they want and need.”
The annex will feature retractable batting cages for use by the baseball and softball teams. It will also have practice space for men’s and women’s golf.
Construction is scheduled for completion next fall.
Prather appeared on last weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick. Watch the video below.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the $1 million gift was from Tom Allen.