Graves Family Sports Complex Progress

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Thank You For Making This Possible!

We appreciate everyone who gave a gift to the Graves Family Sports Complex campaign for Kansas Wesleyan University. You helped to make it possible to bring our teams home to campus and provide a wonderful resource for the Salina community. Construction crews are working hard to make great progress before the cold weather arrives.

Scroll down this webpage to see photos showing the progress on the construction of the Graves Family Sports Complex.

On Friday Oct. 17, KWU posted this sign on the back of the scoreboard.


Former Governor Graves Makes KWU Sports Complex Fundraising Announcement Oct. 16

On Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, Kansas Wesleyan University hosted alumni, board, coaches, athletes and other students, faculty, staff and donors, plus the public and the media, for a special announcement by former Kansas Governor Bill Graves ’76, and legendary KWU football coach Gene Bissell regarding the successful conclusion of the fundraising campaign for the newly named Graves Family Sports Complex. Mr. Graves served as national chair, and Coach Bissell served as honorary chair, of the Sports Complex fundraising committee. The event kicked off 2014 Homecoming Weekend for the university, when Bissell's 1971 football team, which included Graves, was inducted into the KWU Coyote Athletics Hall of Fame, along with other teams and individual athletes, during a breakfast and awards ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday Oct. 18 in Muir Gymnasium. READ ABOUT THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT HERE.


Hauling Away Dirt and Pouring Concrete

October 24, 2014


The warm weather front has been very beneficial to the progress on the Graves Family Sports Complex. The curving concrete retaining walls around the south end of the track are taking shape. On the south end of the complex, the wood forms are removed from the inside curve and concrete is being poured into the outer curve forms. More concrete was poured where the new power boxes for the complex are to be located. Take a look beyond the old stone Glenn Martin ticket booth. The huge piles of dirt where the new stadium will be built are being hauled over to the practice field area for use there. Drive by this project and you'll see the exciting changes happening before your eyes. It is looking different every day.


More Concrete Work Around Track and Along Osborne Street

October 23, 2014