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July 18, 2011
By Jeff Geiser
CINCINNATI - With phase one completed in March, the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics officially embarked on the second phase of construction for the Sheakley Athletics Center at Varsity Village on July 6.
"We completed phase one of the project within budget and the stated deadline and we anticipate doing so again with phase two," said Mike Thomas, UC Director of Athletics. "We're excited about completing the project, which not only will provide a great home for our women's lacrosse program, but also serve as a community venue and provide the opportunity to bring even more community organizations on campus."
The second phase of the construction process includes the addition of a press box, scoreboard, concession stands, restrooms, locker and training rooms, and bleacher seating that will accommodate 900 people.
"Phase two really makes the facility a community asset," said Andy Hurley, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Development. "Right now, Sheakley Athletics Center is functional from the standpoint in the way in which we use it; practices and competitions in the bubble. But the ability for it to house events and activities in which the community can benefit are all the pieces that are included in phase two."
A plaza to connect the practice facilities to Varsity Village is also the part of phase two construction plans. The informal plaza seating area will hold an additional 350 fans for a total seating capacity of over 1,200.
"You'll enter the plaza in front of the coaches' box on Champions Way," said Barrett Bamberger, UC Project Manager. "There will be quite a bit of site walls, pavers and landscaping associated with the plaza; as well as decorative fencing, a grove of trees and a seating area at the corner of Corry Street and Champions Way."
Phase one of the project - which included the construction of 100-yard and 50-yard football fields, as well as an underground thermal water storage tank - concluded in March 2011, after a formal groundbreaking took place on March 16, 2010.
In conjunction with the start of the upcoming lacrosse season, phase two construction at the Sheakley Athletics Center is expected to be completed by March 1, 2012.
A grand opening ceremony for donor appreciation is currently in the planning stages and is expected to commence after the conclusion of phase two construction.
To further recognize financial supporters for their generosity, the Sheakley Athletics Center will feature a donor wall on Charleton Avenue, the short road that runs between the two practice fields.