Groundbreaking for final phase of Eck Stadium

Leaders from WSU Athletics and the WSU Foundation, as well as coaches and donors, plunged shovels into sand to signify the groundbreaking for the Eck Stadium construction project.

Leaders from WSU Athletics and the WSU Foundation, as well as coaches and donors, plunged shovels into sand to signify the groundbreaking for the Eck Stadium construction project.

WuShock was on hand to celebrate the day with former WSU head baseball coach Gene Stephenson and current head coach Todd Butler.
WuShock was on hand to celebrate the day with former WSU head baseball coach Gene Stephenson and current head coach Todd Butler.

A groundbreaking ceremony on March 20 celebrated the start of construction on Phase V of the Eck Stadium Home of Tyler Field development project.

Phase V includes a new 10,000-square foot performance facility that will feature a strength and conditioning center, locker room, media room, player lounge and offices for coaches and staff. A new Shocker dugout on the third base side is included in the plan.

Brent Kemnitz, WSU assistant athletic director and a former pitching coach for WSU baseball, gave remarks as members of the WSU Spirit Squad listened.
Brent Kemnitz, WSU assistant athletic director and a former pitching coach for WSU baseball, gave remarks as members of the WSU Spirit Squad listened.

The project is funded entirely through donor contributions, with alumni, former Shocker athletes and other supporters giving more than $2 million. A construction contract, made through the WSU Foundation, was awarded to Dondlinger Construction.

The project is expected to be mostly completed by December.

WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King spoke to those gathered for the groundbreaking event on March 20.
WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King spoke to those gathered for the groundbreaking event on March 20.

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