Miami RedHawks: University building $13 million indoor sports center

Football team gets full-size indoor practice field

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OXFORD — Miami University’s football program is getting something the Cincinnati Bengals don’t have: An indoor practice facility.

Miami is building a $13 million indoor sports center with a full 120-yard football field with synthetic FieldTurf. The football team will share it with Miami’s other varsity teams as well as intramural and club sports, the university said in a release.

It will be built on the northeast side of Yager Stadium and should be completed by the end of 2014. Construction will start in the spring.

Donors will cover almost the full cost, the university said, though it hasn’t yet raised the final $625,000. That amount is expected to be secured through gifts.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees and President Hodge for allowing us to move forward on this incredible project,” athletic director David Sayler said.

“When we bring recruits to campus, we want our facilities to reflect our commitment to the student-athlete experience and our vision for where Miami athletics is going. This, combined with the recent addition of (football) coach Chuck Martin, continues the positive momentum for Miami Athletics.”

The facility will also include netting for baseball, softball and golf, plus four 100-yard sprint lanes, a high jump area and a long jump pit.

Aging Withrow Court, built in 1931, will be torn down, but not for a year or longer while the new facility is built.

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