There’s something big lurking on the east side of campus. How big is big? Well, about 280,000 square feet. Ithaca’s new Athletics and Events Center is on schedule for its fall 2011 debut. An indoor track, Olympicsized swimming pool, and indoor practice facilities for seven varsity sports are just a few features that student-athletes, coaches, and spectators are looking forward to. Teams started using the new outdoor turf field with stadium lighting in October, a great sign of the progress made since construction first began in June 2010. Men’s cross-country coach Jim Nichols says, “We’re really excited to be practicing in the new building next year. Every day I see it, it looks better and better.” The $65.5 million facility also includes a 130,000-square-foot field house, an 81,000- square-foot stadium, a 40,000-square-foot outdoor tennis facility, and a 35,000-squarefoot aquatics pavilion.
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