After a year of planning, MSU has released a new strategic plan called “Our Heritage, Our Future.” Spanning over 20 years, the new master plan for Athletics includes new additions and expansions within previous facilities. These expansions will be implemented to help improve the experience for students and student athletes. The priority within the first decade is to increase training and academic spaces for student athletes.
Bobcat Stadium will be experiencing some major changes, including the addition of an athletics complex on the north end of the stadium. This will include new team rooms, lockers, offices and spaces to expand the Academic Center. The Academic Center will offer services such as computer stations, group study areas and tutoring. Athletics Director Leon Costello said, “[the new Academic Center] improves the experience and well being of all our student athletes because it allows more space and better time use in the Fieldhouse’s current facilities.” The Worthington Arena expansion also means more space for suites, club basketball, concessions and more concourses. The addition will also add more training, strength and nutritional areas to be readily available for student athletes.
The north end of the stadium will provide more seating, enclosing the stadium. On the east side of the stadium, there are plans for renovations to create more seating, restrooms and concession areas.The West side of the stadium will be adding the West Sideline Press Box Tower, which will include new places for concessions, retail, the Stadium Club and the Sky Suites.
The Bob-Anderson Tennis Center will also experience some changes. Not only will two new tennis courts be added, but the four others will be renovated. The golf team will be sharing this space with them as it is expanded. The golf portion of the building will feature new hitting and instructional simulators for practice.
MSU will be adding a brand new building called the Bobcat Indoor Performance Facility that will include a turf field for the football team to practice on and an indoor track. It will seat 100 fans.
“The Athletics Master Plan will transform our campus and set the stage for our future investment and development,” President Cruzado said. The plan is ongoing, and over time it will become more focused and change depending on funding received each year.