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Photos: ISU Athletics breaks ground on $11.5M indoor practice facility

Illinois State University's Athletics Department broke ground Saturday on the long-planned $11.5 million new indoor practice facility.

ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy, Athletics Director Kyle Brennan, and other university officials were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony.

The indoor practice facility will be constructed just north of Horton Field House and Hancock Stadium. The 69-foot tall dome will contain a 100-yard practice football field with a single end zone and artificial turf to match the current surface at Hancock Stadium. It will be open to all Redbird teams and will will ease current congestion at Horton.

The year-round space will be funded through ticket sales and other money raised through athletic department revenue such as merchandising of athletic wear and gear, along with private fundraising. Maintenance costs will be covered via the rental of the space to community groups in the evenings and weekends when not in use by ISU Athletics.

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Emily Bollinger is a graduate assistant at WGLT, focused on photography, videography and other digital content. They're also a graduate student at Illinois State University's School of Communication.
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