Although competition for the 2015-16 athletics season is complete, several different construction projects are keeping the Liberty University campus active this summer.
LFSN reporter Nick Pierce recently had a chance to catch up with Senior Associate AD for Internal Operations Mickey Guridy to talk about these facility construction projects. As part of his day-to-day duties, Guridy oversees Liberty's athletics construction projects.
The interview starts with the two talking about Liberty's new indoor football practice facility. The building, which will feature a full size football field, will be 90,000 square feet with a 70-foot clearance. Trusses for the facility's roof will go up in August and the Flames will be able to move into the facility next June.
Underneath the LU monogram on Liberty Mountain, a new indoor track & field and natatorium is being constructed for use by Liberty's track & field and swimming & diving programs. The track & field portion of the facility will open next January and feature 1,400 fixed seats and another 800 plus portable seats. Construction dates for the natatorium are still being finalized, but the facility is expected to be completed in the next 18 month.
The new 60,000-square-foot Academic and Performance Center (APC), currently under construction next to the Liberty Baseball Stadium, will integrate study areas with state-of-the-art rehabilitation and strength and conditioning facilities.
The building, situated behind Osbourne Stadium and the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. The facility will feature a centralized training room, weight room, equipment room, academic offices, tutoring centers, and study halls.
The final athletics facility project currently underway is located next to the Ward Road entrance tunnels, which will feature a new practice field for soccer and six new additional tennis courts. The soccer practice area will have lights and provide Liberty's men's and women's soccer teams with two practice fields.
The half dozen tennis courts will give the men's and women's tennis programs 18 competition courts, allowing Liberty to host additional events like the ITA Atlantic Regionals and the Big South Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. Additionally, 250 permanent seats are being installed in between Liberty's championship courts at the Cook Tennis Center.