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Track and Field Facility Renovation: Phase 1

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The track has served EMU well for nearly 30 years, but is urgently in need of renovation to support our student athletes and exemplary coaching staff; and the robust enrollment growth goals that our pole vaultcoaching team envision during the next several years.

Phase I of the Track and Field Renovation will produce many benefits for EMU students and the program including:

  • Impact large number of students through the athletic experience
  • Host home college track meets which is not currently an option
  • Increase diversity in student body
  • Enable every athlete on the roster to compete 
  • Accommodate roster of 75+ student athletes  
  • Enhance enrollment and retention strategies of the university
  • Increase recruiting capabilities through hosting high school events
  • Combine individual achievement with team success
  • Realize cost savings due to reduction of travel costs
  • Host track and field camp events to support recruitment and revenues

Phase I of the project includes the complete renovation of the existing track and field, installation of high quality track with additional lanes to meet NCAA standards. Phase II of the project calls for the construction of a two-story facility adjacent to the track and baseball field to provide essential locker rooms, equipment storage, public restrooms, concessions as well as a hitting facility for the baseball program. 

Cost estimates for Phase I and II of this major project are being finalized and will be posted at this website in the near future.

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Recent Accomplishments

Project Specifics

The project includes demolition of current track, regrading and installation of a new 10 mm full pour polyurethane track surface, installation of all throwing and jumping events, the addition of steeplechase and new equipment.

student doing long jumpSteeplechase

The 3,000m steeplechase is a contested event at the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships as well as the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. This addition will allow EMU to host future ODAC Championship meets.

Additional Lanes

The current facility has six lanes, which was the standard when it was constructed in 1990. Modern collegiate tracks have moved to having eight lanes; it is critical to add the additional two lanes to EMU’s facility in order to have our facility meet current standards, and to ensure maximum opportunities for hosting high school and collegiate championship meets long into the future.

Equipment

Replacement of all hurdles, starting blocks and landing mats. The original hurdles and starting blocks – purchased in 1989 – are still in use, as well as the pole vault mats purchased in 2001 — all well beyond their recommended lifespans. 

Bomberger Field

All throwing and jumping events will be contested inside the track creating a one-stop, spectator-friendly venue.  Bomberger field will be large enough for student recreational opportunities and some intercollegiate practices.

Support This Project

woman runningLearn more – Contact us at 540-432-4203 or at advancement@emu.edu learn more about the Track and Field campaign and to explore giving opportunities

Pledge your support – Consider a multi-year commitment to achieve a gift of significance; consider a gift of appreciated securities to leverage your impact for this campaign. Download the commitment form now to pledge your support. 

Make a one-time gift – contact us at 540-432-4200 or giving through our online form.

Naming opportunities are available, and can be used to honor a loved one, a family, or a beloved professor. For more information, contact Kirk Shisler, vice president for advancement at 540-432-4203 or at kirk.shisler@emu.edu.

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