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June 16, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Coffey
Northwest Missouri State University officials broke ground yesterday on a new $20 million indoor facility designed to be used by the school's athletic department, marching band, students and the community of Maryville.
A financial gift from 1976 graduate Carl Hughes and his wife Cheryl, a 1978 graduate, was the final piece to bring the project together -- enabling the building to become a reality. Hughes was involved in fundraising efforts early on and says there were a number of reasons he decided make a significant gift to the project. The facility is currently named the Hughes Family Center. However, at the groundbreaking ceremony Hughes mentioned the possibility of naming the building the "Hughes Field House."
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski says he's excited the facility will benefit more than just the University.
The new building will be located just northwest of College Park and Bearcat Stadium. It will feature recreation and exhibition space, an indoor flooring system, a 90-yard practice turf, a 300-meter indoor competition track, practice tennis courts, spectator seating and tiered meeting rooms.
The facility is expected to be completed by August 2018.