NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) - The Northwestern State University Athletic Department unveiled plans for a new $3.4 million strength and conditioning facility for student athletes.
“The crown jewel is a 12 thousand foot strength and conditioning annex to the athletic fieldhouse,” said Greg Burke, Athletic Director at NSU, “It benefits all student athletes, it benefits all 14 sports.”
Inside the sprawling facility would be a new weight room with space for more than 100 athletes to workout at the same time, a 25-foot artificial turf pad and a new nutrition center.
“This will further enhance the recruiting process, and as you do that you get better student athletes,” said Burke. “When you have that higher level of success...it’s not all about the athletics, it’s about the University.”
Burke said the current weight room is outdated and not large enough for the student athletes. He said fundraising for the multi-million dollar project begins this year.
“We are really confident that when we go out and start talking to people about supporting the project, they’re going to say, ‘I’m in,” said Burke.
The planned state-of-the-art project is just part of another massive effort to enhance and improve the athletics facilities on NSU’s campus, known as the “Victorious” campaign.
“We have an obligation to put our best foot forward because that looks good for the University,” said Burke. “We’ve made some pretty significant upgrades.”
For instance, at Turpin Stadium, Burke said seating has been upgraded, the entrance to the field received a face lift and a video board was installed. The grand total? Over $2 million.
“The athletic program is the front-porch of the University,” said Burke. “We must have athletic prominence.”
Burke said the upgrades to the different athletic facilities compliment the growth of NSU
“I think our University is maybe at the best place it’s been in a long time,” said Burke. “When you have a record enrollment that speaks for itself.”
Burke hopes the planned strength and conditioning facility can be constructed as soon as possible.