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Bring Our Teams Home!
We are three weeks away from the October 8 deadline for the Mabee Foundation grant. And now an anonymous donor has stepped up and offered to match all donations through the end of September, up to $400,000. Please help us now, and double your gift at the same time. Learn more about how you can help bring the KWU Coyote teams and the Sports Complex campaign home! Vist the 100-Day Dash Campaign page to hear four head coaches urge us all to the goal line. AND... you can Make A Gift Today!
The Lights Are Up!
Sept. 19, 2014
Today, the light poles and the lighting for the practice and game fields at the KWU Sports Complex were put on their concrete pedestals. You really need to drive by and see it for yourself. Tell your friends! It's looking more and more like our Fields (and track and tennis courts) of Dreams!
Light Poles Ready To Be Lifted Into Place
Sept. 18, 2014
Do you pass by Kansas Wesleyan University? Keep your eyes on the sky over the sports complex project. Soon the light poles will be lifted up and installed in place on top of the concrete pedestals. Drive up Fifth Street past the complex and imagine the new grandstand in place of those huge piles of dirt. Help us raise the money we need to raise by Oct. 8 to build it! Give or pledge during September and your gift is doubled.
Concrete Bases Are Poured and Ready for Field Lights
Sept. 5, 2014
This week, another exciting development: the tall concrete bases for the sports complex field lights have been poured, six in all, as well as several more smaller poles to support lights at the future entrance gates. Also, along Claflin Avenue, adjacent to and north of the fields and next to the soon to be renovated Bradley Tennis Courts, the ground has been cleared and prepared for finish work. We are 30 days away from the Oct. 8 deadline to reach our funding goal. Progress has been made, but we still have a way to go. Give a gift today and help us get closer to hitting the mark. CLICK ON THE DONATION BUTTON HERE: http://www.kwu.edu/kwu-sports-complex-100-day-dash-campaign
Ground Preparation Continues
Aug. 15, 2014
Hellas Construction's crew is continuing their steady groundwork at the new KWU Sports Complex project, using the heavy roller to compact the soil in places, using the spray from their water tanker to soften the ground in other places, and then using the grader to remove more soil to create a smooth, level surface that will sit beneath the artificial turf.
Today, they focused on preparing the 8-lane track and removing the last bit of extra dirt from the practice field. If you haven't been by, come take a look. Things are taking shape for a top facility that will make Salina proud. We are nearing the mid-way point in our 100 Day Dash, so there's still time to help bring this project home. Thanks to all of you who have donated!
New Curb Going In On Osborne Street
July 22, 2014
Today the new curbing along the east side of the new KWU Sports Complext is being installed on Osborne Street, between Claflin Avenue and Cloud Street. More good news: a few days ago Cloud Street was opened to through traffic after being completely closed for a number of weeks.
Help us bring our teams back to campus. Every contribution helps us reach our goal. Donate here.
Grading Has Begun!
July 9, 2014
The turf has been removed, and the site grading is officially under way by Hellas Construction in preparation for the installation of the fields and track that will be a gem for the Salina community.
At the same time, the 100-Day Dash is in full swing to raise the remaining $1.75 million and qualify for the $750,000 Mabee Foundation challenge grant, which represents 10 percent of the entire project cost. Prior to the start of this fast-running campaign on July 1, we raised $5M of the $7.5M project. The Mabee Foundation will provide the grant to finish the project -- if we reach $6.75M by Oct. 8. If we hit this goal, we can complete the project with a fan-friendly grandstand, concessions area, restrooms and a visiting locker room.
Get excited with us, and please give what you can. Make a gift here.
Hellas Has Arrived!
July 1, 2014
Hellas Construction Company, from Austin, Texas, arrived on campus today and got right to work, clearing the fields!
University Seeks Final $1.75M to Bring it Home
July 1, 2014
The earth started moving today at Gene Bissell Field, making way for the new $7.5 million Sports Complex at Kansas Wesleyan University. Hellas Construction from Austin, Texas, has arrived and is preparing for the installation of two, lighted turf fields and an eight-lane track.
Today the university is also launching a 100-Day Dash campaign to raise the final $1.75 million needed to receive a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. The foundation will provide $750,0000—the final 10 percent of the project—if the university reaches $6.75 million by October 8. To date, $5 million has been raised, enough to move forward on Phase I of the project: the turf fields, lights, track and resurfaced tennis fields.
“Hitting the final $1.75 million will allow us to accept the Mabee gift and complete the entire project,” said President & CEO, Matt Thompson, Ph.D.
The final funding will enable the construction of a 1,600-seat grandstand, concession stands, restroom facilities and a field house for visiting teams.
“This is a community facility,” said Dr. Thompson. “We will encourage our neighbors to use it as a fitness facility, and Sacred Heart Junior and Senior High School teams and youth football will use the fields. It will be a fan-friendly event venue that will host regional and state championships, potentially attracting thousands of visitors to Salina and creating economic stimulus for our region.”
Several individuals, businesses and foundations in the Salina community have boosted fundraising efforts with major gifts.
“There has been positive momentum around this project since the demolition in January, and now that the construction has officially begun, I’m confident that those who have a passion around Kansas Wesleyan University and those who support economic development in Salina will help us reach our goal.”
Learn more or make a gift at: www.kwu.edu/bringithome.
Street Work Begins
June 18, 2014
Work has begun on Osborne Street to make way for the new Sports Complex. Osborne has become a one-way street southbound to accommodate the eight-lane track that will encircle the two, lighted turf fields. The stadium lights are also being removed this week!
KWU Breaks Ground
Contractor has Kansas Roots
June 6, 2014
Salina, Kan. – Kansas Wesleyan University hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for its $7.5 million Sports Complex on Friday, June 6. More than 100 civic, university faculty, alumni, staff, coaches, administrators and community members attended the event and applauded the project.
The University also announced that Hellas Construction, Inc., of Austin Texas, will be the primary contractor on the project. Owned and operated by Wichita native Reed J. Seaton, Hellas is an industry leader in synthetic turf, sports surfaces and turnkey sport construction. It boasts an impressive client list that includes Cowboys AT&T Stadium, the Alamodome, Baylor University, the University of Georgia and many other prominent collegiate institutions.
With over 30 years of experience, Seaton has extensive experience in all facets of business, including mergers and acquisitions, having acquired over 15 companies. He was Ernst & Young’s 1996 Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Austin Business Journal recognized Hellas in 2010 as one of the fastest growing companies in central Texas. Seaton, who serves as President and CEO, attended Wichita Southeast High School and went on to attend the University of Kansas.
Kansas Wesleyan President and CEO, Dr. Matt Thompson, and Director of Athletics, Mike Hermann, delivered comments at the ceremony.
“There have been many special moments created in Glenn Martin Stadium, on the track and on this Gene Bissell Field over the past sixty years over the past 60 years,” Hermann said. “Today, we begin creating new memories on the new Gene Bissell Field, where generations of Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes, Sacred Heart Knights, and Salvation Army youth football players will achieve new personal bests and set new school records.”
Thompson, who recently celebrated his first year as president, stated, “This past year has been filled with special moments, and today’s groundbreaking is certainly among the highlights.”
Thompson said that the university selected Hellas because of its impressive list of clients but also because the company will produce and install the turf, allowing them to control and manage the field project from start to finish.
The crowd applauded when he said that the start of construction would begin within the next few weeks. Legendary Coyote football coach, Gene Bissell, was a special guest at the event and participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking. He and former Kansas governor and KWU alumnus, Bill Graves are chairing the Sports Complex Campaign Committee.
Phase I, which includes the two lighted, turf fields, the eight-lane track, street improvements and perimeter fencing, lights, plus resurfacing of the tennis courts is expected to be completed this fall.
Phase II includes the grandstand, the centerpiece of the project. If enough funds are committed by October 2014, the deadline for the $750,000 Mabee Foundation matching grant, construction of the grandstand could begin as early as November 2014. It will take approximately six months to build. Phase III will be the construction of a field house with locker rooms for soccer and visiting teams.
Souvenir Stadium Stones Now Available!
Many memories were made at Glenn Martin Stadium. If you would like an engraved souviner stone, visit Yote's Bookstore.