Buffalo Sports Park
Buffalo Sports Park is now open and is the exciting new home to a variety of West Texas A&M University programs. The $21.8 million student funded-project not only provides valuable new space for WT but also for the entire community. In addition to being the location of WT’s brand new Division II intercollegiate complex for competition in baseball, softball, soccer and track and field, Buffalo Sports Park also will be the site for University intramural activities as well as community events and area high school sports.
The project involved a complete renovation of campus from east of Jarrett Hall and north to the former site of the University’s Wind Test Center. The sprawling complex includes:
• the competition David and Myrt Wilder Baseball Field with seating;
• a competition softball field with seating;
• a competition combined soccer and track and field facility with seating;
• two combination football and soccer practice fields;
• a three-field intramural and recreational softball/flag football facility with lighting;
• two intramural basketball courts with lighting;
• two intramural tennis courts with lighting;
• a practice field for the WTAMU marching band;
• a grand lawn park activity area with lighting;
• a jogging trail with lighting; and
• rest room, concession and ticket facilities.
Construction on a 31,000 square foot athletic center is one of the final projects for WTAMU’s Buffalo Sports Park. The facility will house the new football locker room, athletic training room, weight room, coaches offices, meeting space, team study hall and a Championship Atrium to honor WTAMU’s rich athletic history. The training center will provide WTAMU athletes with the latest in strength and conditioning equipment. The athletes will receive the best when it comes to the prevention and care with treatment stations, taping stations, a rehab area and hydrotherapy room. The study hall and meeting rooms will be equipped with the latest in multimedia equipment and wireless access, and the Championship Atrium will feature trophy displays and memorabilia in a comfortable reception/seating area.
Jack B. Kelley Student Center
Students voted in favor to increase the Student Center Fee for the purpose of expanding the Jack B. Kelley Student Center. The expansion will include additional meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room, additional food service areas, study spaces, a catering kitchen and student lounge. The expansion is tentatively scheduled for completion August 2011 and will extend west from the JBK onto the lawn south of the Classroom Center.
Signage and Landscaping
Construction crews are working on signage and landscaping at the University’s west entrance as well as the entrance to Old Main on Fourth Street. Both projects will take on the look of the newly completed entrance sign located at 23rd and Russell Long Boulevard, but work at the west entrance will extend farther into campus. Construction crews will build a landscaped divider down the road leading into campus and create a new home for the Eternal Flame in a roundabout at the intersection of University and Victory.