Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

April 4, 2014

WVU board approves athletics upgrades

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Board of Governors on Friday approved athletic facilities upgrades that are estimated to cost $106 million.

WVU said $75 million of that would come from bonds paid for by guaranteed annual revenue from the Big 12 Conference. An additional $25 million would come from private donations through the Mountaineer Athletic Club, and $6 million would come from a multimedia rights contract with North Carolina-based IMG College.

Some of the athletic projects are expected to begin this year, including an upgrade to the football team room in the Milan Puskar Center and football stadium renovations.

The stadium work involves restrooms, concourses, concessions, gates, four LED video boards and wall graphics. Also planned is an advertising marquee at the intersection leading into the WVU Coliseum.

Projects under consideration include a new indoor track, renovation of the swimming facilities and tennis courts, and the addition of varsity sports locker and weight rooms.

The university broke ground on a new baseball stadium in October and wants to repurpose land occupied by the team's former stadium, Hawley Field.

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