Universiity Officials to Break Ground on Buffalo Sports Park

Feb. 18, 2010

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

University Officials to Break Ground on Buffalo Sports Park

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University officials and other dignitaries will break ground on the new Buffalo Sports Park during a special ceremony scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. The open-to-the-public event will take place at the site located just north of the Virgil Henson Activities Center.

The groundbreaking will mark a $21.8 million project to renovate the athletic/intramural facilities at WTAMU. The project will entail a complete redo of the campus from east of Jarrett Hall and north to the former site of the University’s Wind Test Center. The University community as well as area residents will benefit from the sprawling complex that will include:

• a competition softball field with seating;
• a competition baseball 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.

PBK Architects of Houston is designing the multi-field facility, and SpawGlass Construction, also of Houston, is the contractor. When the project is completed, it will be home to the largest grouping of synthetic athletic fields in the United States. Playing fields are expected to be completed by fall 2010, and buildings such as concessions and ticket facilities are set for a November/December 2010 completion. The Buffalo Sports Park is just one of several construction projects under way at WTAMU designed to enhance and prepare the campus for future growth as the University enters its second century.