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MM 1.9 Maryland unveils new athletic facilities campaign

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland athletic director Damon Evans announced a new athletics campaign on Wednesday, focusing on the enhancement of several athletics facilities.

“We are investing in facilities that will impact hundreds of student-athletes, enhancing their experience athletically, academically and socially,” Evans said in a press release. “We are going to invest 25 million dollars in our olympic sport facilities, officially launching a fundraising campaign to help us begin our ‘Building Champions’ project.”

In addition to the ongoing Cole Field House and Basketball Performance Center project, the campaign targets seven different athletics facilities. Here is a look at what is planned.

Soccer Stadium

The men and women’s soccer teams will be getting a major upgrade with a new soccer stadium. The new stadium will accommodate 8,800 fans, include premium seating options and improved facilities. The facility will also include new LED for brighter field view, as well as improved video and audio systems.

Gossett Hall

One the football program moves into Cole Field House, Gossett Hall will be renovated to provide for other athletic programs as well. The upgrades will include shared weight and training areas, improved sports medicine rooms with hydrotherapy and more private offices for coaches and training staff. Gossett Hall will also feature separated locker rooms, team rooms and meeting rooms. The cost has yet to be announced for this renovation.

Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium will also get a big upgrade to the sideboard.

Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Stadium

The Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex will be transformed into the new Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Stadium. The $4 million renovations will expand the facility from 5,500 to 12,000 square feet. Some of the new facilities will include

Renovations will include a new sports medicine room and separated locker rooms for both teams that are larger and more spacious, as well as a relocated fan entrance for easier access to seats. And long alas, the press box will undergo a revamp.

Stanley Bobb Baseball Player Development Center

The Stanley Bobb Baseball Player Development Center, named after former Maryland baseball pitcher Stanley Bobb who passed away last year, will be an 8,500 square foot facility. The building will have a climate-controlled environment, allowing the team to train year round. It will also feature improved hitting and pitching technology. The cost has not been announced.

Softball Player Development Center

The brand new Softball Player Development Center, like the Bobb Center, will include new pitching and hitting technology in a climate-controlled setting. The center will be 8,500 square feet, and the cost has not been announced.

Golf Player Development Center

Both the men and women’s golf teams will share the proposed Golf Player Development Center. The facility includes putting labs and swing analysis enhancements, in addition to climate controlled practice areas. The project will cost approximately $1.5 million.

Track and Field Stadium

The Maryland track and field team will also receive improvements to its facilities as a part of the Building Champions Campaign. Enhancements to the stadium include redone competition areas such as an eight-lane 400-meter competition track, a grass infield, a full hammer cage and multiple throw areas. The new stadium will feature bleachers that seat 1,500 for home meets. This project will cost approximately $9 million.

In other news

No. 12 Maryland men’s basketball posted a cinematic recap following a crucial win against Ohio State.

Check out what Darryl Morsell had to say about freshman Donta Scott.

No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball player Kaila Charles made the Wooden Award midseason list.

Jordan was back at State Farm Arena to cover the Atlanta Terplanta Hawks Wednesday night. Check out some highlights from the Hawks’ loss to the Rockets.

The women’s lacrosse team is one month out from the season, looking to defend their title.

The men’s lacrosse team took some photos at practice as the start of the new season closes in.

The track and field team prepped for the upcoming Nittany Lion Challenge.