NC State held a dedication ceremony Tuesday next to the future site of the Close-King indoor practice facility.
The facility has been named in honor of the two lead donors of the project, NC State alums Derick Close and Jim King. Both serve on the Wolfpack Club Board of Directors, which oversaw fundraising for the complex.
Chancellor Randy Woodson, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow and football coach Dave Doeren all spoke at the ceremony, each stressing the dire need for the indoor facility.
“When I was interviewing Debbie four years ago, she stressed the need to build an indoor practice facility,” Woodson said.
Yow spoke of how badly she wanted the facility after attending a February practice in the snow. Now, she said, the Wolfpack won’t have to feel “envious” when they go to schools like Florida State or Clemson because of their facilities.
Woodson, Yow, Doeren, donors and members of the football team participated in a ceremonial first dig after the dedication.
This facility will greatly benefit the Wolfpack in the 2015 season and onward by eliminating some of the extra physical fatigue that can come from practicing in harsh conditions. Indoor practices should also cut down on illnesses that may result from practices in the rain, cold and snow. The players and coaching staff won't have to drastically alter the practice schedule due to weather.
The complex is the latest in a string of new additions for ACC schools. Clemson added a $10 million practice facility in 2013. Georgia Tech built a new practice facility in 2011, and both Wake Forest and Syracuse have begun construction on their facilities, as well.
The project will cost $14 million and is privately funded, according to GoPack.com. The facility is set to boast training and conditioning space, a 120-yard football field and four sprint lanes next to the field. There will also be in-ground and above-ground pads that will benefit the track & field teams.