The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 17, 2013

MSSU to begin work on end zone facility

After almost five years of planning and fundraising, Missouri Southern will soon start construction on a new athletic support facility.

Design plans for the building — also known as the “North End Zone Facility” — will include locker rooms, coaches’ offices, training room and a weight room. It will be located on the north end of Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

Construction is expected to begin in January 2014, and Phase 1 of the project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2014 football season.

“The momentum of this project is positive news for anyone associated with Missouri Southern and the athletics department,” MSSU athletics director Jared Bruggeman said in a release. “It is a worthy investment, and it reflects the commitment that our supporters, the Joplin community and this university have shown for our student-athletes.”

The two-story facility is projected to cost approximately $8 million. So far more than $4 million has been raised.

While the majority of funding has been secured for Phase 1, fundraising efforts will continue to give more donors and MSSU fans an opportunity to be part of the project.

“We’re very excited about the progress our athletics supporters have helped us make on this project,” said Alan Marble, MSSU interim president.

“To be in the planning phase of making this end zone facility a reality is a great step forward in improving our athletics offerings.”

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