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Old 07-02-2014, 09:55 PM
 
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With $250 million in academic building construction and improvements, $128 million in athletic department construction and improvements, a $280 million addition to Ruby Memorial Hospital, a new $52 million outpatient treatment center, a new state of the art Ronald McDonald House, numerous University, $100+ million in public - private, and exclusively private student housing initiatives underway, and new commercial developments in various parts of our city the face of Morgantown is rapidly changing. Nearly all of this is being done with no funding from state government. Funding is coming in the form of bonds backed up by future conference and media funding, as well as many millions of dollars in donations from Alumni and supporters, and bonds based on future revenues at the school and its affiliates.

http://www.wboy.com/story/25919699/w...ction-projects

http://www.wvusports.com/page.cfm?story=25585

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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sadly for the WVU athletics that $128 million in not enough. They will need at least 2 or even 3 times that amount to keep up the the new Power 5 Conferences (Big XII included). In no particular order these are the ones that need improvement. Keep in mind the plans made for Milan Puskar Stadium expanded concourses.

- Coliseum renovations (expanded concourses, parking garages, improved concessions/restrooms, luxury seating, may end up reducing capacity by a couple thousand)
- Expanded olympic sized pool (although I understand plans are in place for that)
- New Men's Soccer practice facility
- New State-of-the-art Track and Field facility
- Softball field complex to hopefully reinstate softball
- new Rowing complex down by the Star City Waterfront
- new and improved Rifle Range

and really countless others.

Long ways to go there.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:25 AM
 
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sadly for the WVU athletics that $128 million in not enough. They will need at least 2 or even 3 times that amount to keep up the the new Power 5 Conferences (Big XII included). In no particular order these are the ones that need improvement. Keep in mind the plans made for Milan Puskar Stadium expanded concourses.

- Coliseum renovations (expanded concourses, parking garages, improved concessions/restrooms, luxury seating, may end up reducing capacity by a couple thousand)
- Expanded olympic sized pool (although I understand plans are in place for that)
- New Men's Soccer practice facility
- New State-of-the-art Track and Field facility
- Softball field complex to hopefully reinstate softball
- new Rowing complex down by the Star City Waterfront
- new and improved Rifle Range

and really countless others.

Long ways to go there.
I think it is understood that there will be major investments forthcoming in future years. WVU's policy of basically having funding in place prior to building means this will take place in steps rather than all at once. There are schools that undertake projects like this on a lick and a promise, but that is not the case in Morgantown. There is no doubt that as donations are in place, and conference revenues roll in, a new state of the art indoor practice facility will be built. Also, as is the case with the new baseball stadium, a partnership with local government will result in Olympic quality aquatic facilities that benefit everyone. I believe those will be next up in the modernization and improvement process.

Most of our facilities don't need to be replaced ... only upgraded and modernized. The stadium and coliseum are still outstanding facilities, and with upgrades they will be competitive with anybody.
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