As we wind down 2015 it is simply amazing to see the progress in our athletic facilities as an integral part of the Wake Will Campaign. The construction progress on campus is unprecedented and provides excitement for the facilities that will shape the future of Wake Forest Athletics.
Wake Forest Baseball Project
The latest project started in November 2015 is the first phase of the $14 million player development center. The $9.5 million first phase was made possible solely by generous donations as a result of the Wake Will Campaign. When complete, the state-of-the-art, 41,000 square foot facility will include a team locker room, team lounge, training room, equipment room, video conference room, team meeting room, a full kitchen, coaches offices, professional players locker space, a Wake Forest baseball heritage area and an indoor batting facility. Plans for the project also include the renovation and relocation of the home dugout and bullpen and construction of a pitching laboratory, complete with 18 high-speed cameras designed to analyze the biomechanics of each player. For more information, click here.
I recently took Coach Haddock to the construction site for the Haddock House at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. I was amazed at the size and presence of the new facility being erected to be finished sometime this spring. The $4.5 million Haddock House that will include men’s and women’s locker rooms, coaches offices, player lounge as well as a state-of-the-art heritage area will be second to none. The drive, parking and landscaping around the Haddock House when complete this spring, topped off by the relocation of the Arnold Palmer Statue, will truly create a home for Wake Forest golf that is representative of the great tradition that exists.
McCreary Field House
The enormous building emerging behind the Miller Center is a statement facility for the future of our athletic program. The $21 million McCreary Field House is a state-of-the-art 120 yard indoor turf field scheduled to be completed in January 2016. Imagine putting a roof over our BB&T Field and moving it to campus. On a recent tour I witnessed the graphics being installed along with the final touches of McCreary Field House that will undoubtedly be used 365 days of the year for football as well as many of our other outdoor sports programs. We plan to dedicate McCreary Field House at a ceremony on February 24 prior to the Notre Dame basketball game. Make plans to join us as we celebrate perhaps the largest building on campus.
Soccer Game Field Replacement and Lighting Installation
As the men’s soccer team advances in the NCAA Tournament, the new playing surface that was installed this summer at Spry Stadium has enabled the field to be playable at a Championship level for all practices and games despite one of the rainiest fall seasons on record. The $1.2 million field, lighting and graphics as part of the Wake Will Campaign has provided our team with a competitive home field advantage to continue the Championship run that is ensuing. Take particular notice of how amazing our field has held up with a record number of home games in sometimes very difficult weather conditions.
Sports Performance Center: McCreary/Sutton Match
As we move forward toward 2016, we are in the final phases of fundraising around a critical project for the future of our Athletic Department. We have raised $49 million towards the Sports Performance Center project. The final phase encompasses the Strength and Conditioning Center including football and basketball offices, heritage areas and a nutrition center for all of our student-athletes. We are currently $9 million away from achieving this lofty goal and completing the match offered up by Ben Sutton and Bob McCreary. Once complete, the Sports Performance Center will put Wake Forest in a class of programs with the best facilities in the country and allow our coaches to excel in recruiting as well as developing our current student-athletes to their full potential. For more information on the Sports Performance Center, click here.
Brick and Paver Program
One way to support the Sports Performance Center is the purchase of a personalized brick or paver for installation at McCreary Plaza in front of Deacon Tower at BB&T Field. This showcase area could be a wonderful way to honor a family member and become a permanent part of the Wake Forest legacy. For more information, click here.
Please come to campus in the near future and tour around the new facilities that are under construction or have been completed over the last year. I hope and trust you will be amazed by the wonderful accomplishments we have collectively produced for our Wake Forest fans and student-athletes. As our physical landscape changes, so has our recruiting success that is leading to a new era of performance for our teams. We are on the cusp of greatness for our Athletic Department. Stock up and get ready to roll.