McNeese State breaks ground - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese State breaks ground

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - McNeese State University broke ground of the Jack V. Doland Fieldhouse. It will cost an estimated $8.25 million dollars.

"We're so glad that we've got this project. It's going to help so much in for our student athletes and retention for our academic center, but also their welfare how they feel while their here," said Tommy McClelland.

"Words can't describe it. Six years, every single day, it's just great," said Dr. David Buttross III.

"I think this is something that's certainly going to benefit the entire athletic program and the student athletes that we recruit for a long time," said Matt Viator.

It took many years, hard work, and funding to make this possible. The funding came from state money, student fees, and private donations.

"It was a lot of hard work, a lot of efforts by many people and it was a community project. Without everyone's support, I wouldn't be able to do it," said Buttross.

"Thanks go out to Dr. Buttross and his committee, our administration for hanging in there, and the lake area delegation for a lot of hard work to see this happen," said Viator.

The new fieldhouse will feature many different components for student athletes and fans.

"Tripling the size of the weight room, doubling the size of the locker room, and we're adding an enhanced academic area. We will expand the coaches office, have team meeting rooms, a ticket office, hall of fame, and a hall of honor," said McClelland.

The school says the fieldhouse will reflect the true image of McNeese State Athletics. The project is scheduled to be completed in March of 2011.

http://www.mcneesefieldhouse.com/

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