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November 16, 2012

WSU Regents approve $61M Football Operations Building

PULLMAN -- On Friday afternoon, the Washington State University Board of Regents approved construction of a brand new Football Operations Building to be located adjacent to the recently renovated Martin Stadium on the west end of the field.

The new $61 million home for football will include coaches offices, training, equipment, weight, and locker rooms and is expected to begin construction following the Apple Cup and to be completed in June of 2014.

After learning of the approval, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos called the vote "game-changing" and explained it's importance for the future of Washington State athletics.

"I am extremely excited about the Board of Regents approval of the Football Operations Building," Moos said in a letter to Cougar fans. "This is a game-changing vote and I applaud the Regents for their understanding it's impact of the future of Washington State Athletics."

In a day where the Pac-12 is receiving money never seen before, many programs are using this opportunity to improve their facilities to increase recruiting potential and overall competitiveness on the intercollegiate scale. Moos has been adamant about moving quickly and, in his words, "not get left behind" as the college football landscape is quickly shaping up to be a battle of the riches. Today's vote mirrored that that work ethic.

"A significant part of our blueprint for creating a competitive and sustainable intercollegiate athletic program centers around facility enhancements and a football operations building is the top of the list." Moos said. "Our football student-athletes spend six days a year in Martin Stadium but they spend six days a week in the weight room, locker room, training room, and coaches' offices."

To read the full transcript of Moos' letter to students, fans and alumni you can access it here.

The WSU Regents, who unanimously approved the project, cited many reasons for their cooperation, but one of the most important benefits of the building has been largely dismissed throughout the process. WSU Regent Ron Sims acknowledged that there is a number of safety concerns that a football operations building will help alleviate.

"As a parent, if my child is going to compete in intercollegiate athletics, I want a facility where we are able to maximize his strength, stamina, recovery, flexibility, every aspect of his well-being," Sims said in an interview with WSU News.

This project will most likely be the final phase in Martin Stadium's three-phase renovations. Prior to the season, the school completed a $65 million press box with premium seating. The majority of the funding for the project will come from the Pac-12 television contract.

"The table is now set for success: a high quality national coach of the year is at the helm; the athletic donor base is at an all-time high and continues to grow; season ticket sales are the highest they have been in 10 years; and the new premium seating area is complete and nearly sold out," Moos said.

The complete proposal, including visuals of the building, finances, etc., in a PDF can be accessed here.


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