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Two sports for the price of one in today's blog, as we reflect on the ceremonies last week to break ground for the new Jefferson Avenue sports complex. Sure, we know it as the soon-to-be home for the indoor practice facility for the football team, but it also will become the new home for UC's lacrosse team.

First, if you haven't read the release, go here: http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/031610aaa.html. You'll also be able to see the video from the event. I was honored to be the MC for the ceremonies, which featured Athletic Department officials, donors and student-athletes.

We all know that this has been a project that has been talked about for some time. Now, it's actually happening. If you drive by the Jefferson Avenue area, you've probably looked at that intersection and thought, 'how in the world are they going to put a football field here?' Well, all you have to do is look as the diagrams of the plans for the area, to get a better picture of what will go where.

In these tight economic times, it's great that the University and its donors have come together to make this facility possible. And it won't be just for the student-athletes at UC, but as Director of Athletics Mike Thomas mentioned, this will be a facility that will be available to the community (maybe the Bengals won't have to bus to an indoor soccer facility anymore).

Sure, it'll get a lot of use from the football team, but it also will be exciting for the lacrosse team to have its own facility as well, complete with bleachers, lockers, press box, all the amenities. As I've mentioned here before, the lacrosse team is really fun and exciting to watch. Right now they're at Nippert Stadium, but with increased visibility and a more lacrosse crowd-friendly stadium of their own, the players will have a nice home field advantage there at the Jefferson Avenue complex.

Applause to UC, its athletic department and the donors who have stepped up to make sure that UC continues to have the best facilities around,  to continue to attract the best student-athletes in the BIG EAST.

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