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February 24, 2014

Pittsburg to break ground Tuesday on new $13 million event center

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Officials from Pittsburg State University, the city of Pittsburg, the Kansas Board of Regents and private donors will ceremonially break ground on a $13 million event center Tuesday morning.

PSU President Steve Scott also will announce the name of the center, which will honor a major donor.

Dirt work on the 154,000-square-foot center, which will be built adjacent to PSU’s Weede Physical Education Building on Homer Street, began in January. It’s being paid for in by a combination of $5 million from the city of Pittsburg’s revolving loan fund, student fees and private donations.

City leaders and tourism officials hope the center will bring visitors, jobs, revenue and students to Pittsburg. It will include a 100-yard turf field, an 11,000-square-foot training center, a 300-meter track and seating for up to 1,500 people.

It also will include locker rooms for football, and men’s and women’s track, some offices and meeting rooms.

University officials anticipate completion in the spring of 2015.

Earlier this year, the NCAA chose PSU to host the 2016 and 2018 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Championship. University officials said they believed the center to be key in the NCAA’s decision.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in John Lance Arena in the Weede. University officials cited concern for the comfort and convenience of those attending at the reason for holding the ceremon indoors.

New jobs

Pittsburg, Kan., tourism officials have said the new event center at Pittsburg State University, along with the nearby Center for the Arts now under construction and a planned expansion at Overman Student Center, could in 10 years lead to the creation of 444 jobs with a total indirect economic impact of $329 million.


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