August 7, 2015 : By Drew Menard
Liberty University will be adding a new, state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility for its NCAA Division I program, one that will rival any indoor track in the mid-Atlantic region. Work is scheduled to begin this fall, and it is expected to open in Fall 2016.
“We are very blessed to be able to add this beautiful indoor track facility to our campus,” said Jeff Barber, director of athletics. “It will be one of the best indoor tracks in the country, and we believe it will prove to be a huge benefit to our already highly successful track program.”
The new 130,000-square-foot facility will be located below the LU monogram on Liberty Mountain, off of Candlers Mountain Road. It will feature a hydraulically banked (curves can be raised or lowered for different events) 200-meter track, accommodations for field events, locker rooms, weight and training rooms, coaches’ offices, concessions, and seating for 1,500 spectators.
The new facility will replace the team’s current facility, the Tolsma Indoor Track Center located in Marie F. Green Hall.
Barber noted that the university’s decision to build this center demonstrates to prospective athletes that Liberty is committed to the success of its track and field program.
“It will be a facility that will draw the best track athletes in the country,” Barber said. “It will also be a tremendous place for our fans to come and watch us compete.”
The building is being designed and constructed by Lynchburg-based Glass & Associates.