Meridian Star


September 18, 2013

EC plans new football operations center

DECATUR — Fundraising efforts are under way to construct a new Football Operations Center at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.

    Stewart said the $4.8 million complex will be located on north end of Bailey Stadium and includes a state-of-the art weight room and athletic training facility for all student-athletes. Also included in the plans is a $1 million turf field to replace the existing grass field.

    “The completion of this facility and field has the potential to positively affect the future of Warrior athletics for many years,” said Dr. Stewart. “First and foremost, its construction will impact each of the five commitments our institution has made as a component of 20/20 Vision. But it also has the potential to seamlessly connect our athletic facilities to the college and our community. I am confident that the construction of this facility will set us apart from our peers and enhance our reputation as a training ground for excellence. It will certainly communicate Excellence with Class – the EC Way.”

    Added Athletic Director Chris Harris: “I’m excited about the commitment Dr.  Stewart and the Board of Trustees have made on behalf of our athletic programs. As with any project involving improvements to athletic facilities, private donors have a tremendous impact on the success of the project and the timing in which the project will be completed.”

    First-year head football coach Ken Karcher has played a key role in the design of the Football Operations Center.

    “This facility will be a place to further develop our student-athletes in all four phases of their life – intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially – which is our mission at ECCC,” said Karcher.

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