New athletic complex being built at West Liberty University


West Liberty University is breaking ground on a new athletic facility for the soccer and track teams.

"When I got here, we had a very good women's soccer team, but no men's team. I inquired about why we didn't have a team," WLU President Steve Greiner said. "It was because we didn't have a facility to accommodate the men's team."

They needed a turf field and funding, so Greiner started working with the university's athletics director and other staff. Fast forward 2 years later, the university now has a men's soccer team and the dream of building a state-of-the art complex is on its way to becoming a reality.

"Through a generous gift from Gary and Flip West, an elite gift of $1 million, we were able to begin planning and construction on the new field, " Greiner said.

"The name of it will be called the West Family Athletic Complex, and we also had great assistance from our West Liberty University Foundation and their chair, David Croft," said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler.

The complex will be built near the Edgar Martin Tennis Complex and will house men's and women's soccer, cross country and track and field programs. A new turf soccer field and an eight lane track can be used by the community and the campus.

"We'll see an enrollment growth out of this because we will probably double the size of our track team," Greiner said.

The field and track make up the first phase of the project, costing $2.5 million, but that's not all that is in store.

"In the future we would like to raise money for lighting, a press box and a locker room facility," Koegler said.

The complex should be complete by August 2018.

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