Washburn breaks ground for new indoor athletics facility

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- On a day with weather conditions the project was intended for, Washburn University broke ground for its new indoor athletics facility.

The facility will feature a 100-yard indoor field for football, places for baseball and softball to be practiced concurrently, space for soccer and an indoor track complete with meeting rooms.

"This is going to be a magnificent addition to our athletic facilities," said Jerry Farley, Washburn president. "It is something these athletes will be able to use day in, day out. Not just on game day--every day when the weather is inclement. This is going to give them the kind of facilities that it really takes to have a top notch program."

The project was approved unanimously in December 2017 by the Washburn Board of Regents, and made possible by a Washburn alumnus' foundation that pledged to match donations of up to $1.5 million.