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Groundbreaking for New Facility Thursday

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Arkansas Tech University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-sports complex on its Russellville campus at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 16.

The ceremony will take place in the parking lot north of Tech Field, home of the Wonder Boys baseball program. The public is invited to attend.

The new facility will provide an indoor practice space for the intercollegiate baseball, softball, tennis and golf programs at Tech. Locker room and office space for the baseball program, a training room and a conference room are also included in the project.

It is anticipated that additional intercollegiate athletics programs at Tech and students from the Department of Health and Physical Education will also utilize the facility.

The ATU Board of Trustees voted in December 2016 to award a construction contract in the amount of $3.5 million to low bidder Cline Construction Group of North Little Rock for the construction of the complex. AMR Architects of Little Rock designed the structure.

Funding for the project will be provided by private donations and existing university reserves. The facility is scheduled to open in spring 2018.