FROM PHOENIX -- We'll have a short item in the paper about this -- and we wrote about it in today's newspaper, as well -- but wanted to pass along the official release from WSU about the approval of construction for the football operations building.
WSU's release is after the jump.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State University Board of Regents gave approval for a $61 million football operation building to be constructed beginning this month, it was announced Friday morning. The Regents approved the project by a unanimous vote.
“This is a game-changing vote and I applaud the Regents for understanding its impact on the future of Washington State Athletics,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “I would also like to thank President Floyd for his unwavering support.”
The construction process begins the Monday after the Apple Cup (Nov. 26, 2012) with completion expected to be in June, 2014.
Below is a letter from Bill Moos to Cougar fans.
Dear Cougar Fans,
I am extremely excited about the Board of Regents approval of the Football Operations Building. This is a game-changing vote and I applaud the Regents for understanding its impact on the future of Washington State Athletics. I would also like to thank President Floyd for his unwavering support.
The Football Operations Building further enhances our facility initiatives for Washington State University and its department of intercollegiate athletics. It began with the premium seating area built last offseason. The addition of suites, loge boxes and club seating, along with a new press box, provides our Cougar fans amenities deserving of a Pac-12 institution.
A significant part of our blueprint for creating a competitive and sustainable intercollegiate athletic program centers around facility enhancements and a football operations building is at the top of the list. Our football student-athletes spend six days a year in Martin Stadium but they spend six days a week in the weight room, locker room, training rooms, and coaches' offices.
The table is now set for success: a high quality national coach of the year is at the helm; the athletic donor base is at an all-time high and continues to grow; season ticket sales are the highest they have been in 10 years; and the new premium seating area is complete and nearly sold out.
Prospective student-athletes are interested in us and want to come to Washington State to become Cougars and play for Mike Leach. The challenge has been a competitive disadvantage in athletic facilities when compared to other members in the Pac-12 and throughout the country. There are roughly $1 billion in facility projects that have been completed or nearing completion throughout the conference and we can’t be left behind. The approval of this project closes that gap and serves as a major magnet for the most talented student-athletes in the country.