2016 Archives

SMU Athletics reveals future facilities projects

July 26, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU recently announced plans to construct a new Indoor Performance Center, an outdoor natural grass football practice field and a new soccer stadium, another sign of the University's commitment to competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. These plans come on the heels of amazing success during SMU's Second Century Campaign, when SMU Athletics secured more than $191 million in gift commitments, and after 18 months of careful planning and design.

SMU Athletics Project
Rendering of the Football Practice Field and the IPF

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"This is a transformative plan for SMU Athletics and another tangible example of our commitment and desire to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

The Indoor Performance Center (IPC) will feature a full-sized football field and indoor 300-meter track, and will be located on the current track and soccer field site. In addition to use by the football and track programs, the IPC will also serve as a resource for other student and campus activities and events. A new outdoor natural grass football practice field will be adjacent to the IPC. The new soccer stadium, to be used by SMU's men's and women's soccer teams, will be located on Mockingbird Lane, the site of the current practice fields. These projects constitute Phase 1 of SMU Athletics' Facilities Master Plan, a $150 million comprehensive facilities investment that will serve the needs of all 17 sports and 400-plus student-athletes.

Preliminary renderings can be seen here.

"Our commitment to competing for championships and enhancing the student experience requires continued investment in student well-being and our people as well as our infrastructure," said SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart. "SMU and its donors and fans have made huge investments in athletics in recent years, and these projects are yet another step forward for our department."

Lead and cornerstone gift pledges, representing 80% of anticipated construction costs, are actively being pursued in support of this project. The expected completion time is 16 months after construction begins.

From 1995 to 2015, SMU directed approximately $1.2 billion campus-wide toward facility construction and renovation, furnishings and equipment. New construction in support of athletics includes Gerald J. Ford Stadium, the Loyd All-Sports Center, the Crum Basketball Center, the SMU Tennis Complex, the Miller Events Center and short-game course and indoor hitting bays at the Dallas Athletic Club. Numerous facilities and spaces have been renovated as well, including Moody Coliseum, the football offices, football locker room, team meeting rooms and football player lounge. In total, since 2001, SMU has invested almost $200 million in athletics facilities.

In February, SMU broke ground on the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center/Barr-McMillion Natatorium, a new 42,000-square-foot facility that will feature an Olympic-sized, eight-lane indoor pool with a platform diving area, four springboards, a 10-meter tower, coaches offices, locker rooms and a classroom and meeting area. In partnership with AT&T and the city of Dallas, SMU is nearing completion on Trinity Forest Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Coore & Crenshaw, Inc., which features a world-class practice facility, clubhouse and practice academy for SMU's golf teams. In addition, current projects in progress with expected completion this summer or early fall include, replacing the Ford Stadium turf, renovation of the men's basketball locker room and team lounge and resurfacing the track.

Private gifts in support of operations have been a critical component of SMU's fundraising efforts as well. Per EADA reports, SMU has the second-largest athletics budget among non-autonomy conference schools and the second-largest football budget in the American Athletic Conference. Resources impacting the health, safety and well-being of all student-athletes have been enhanced in areas such as nutrition, mental health and equipment. SMU's 17 varsity sports are provided the full complement of scholarships, up to the full cost of attendance. All of this is possible as a result of the generous support of the SMU community. Since 2012, Mustang Club annual giving has more than doubled, from $2.6 million to $5.5 million, and donor support of operations has surpassed $40 million over the last four years.

In addition to opportunities to contribute to the Indoor Performance Center and Soccer Stadium projects, gift and naming opportunities remain for Moody Coliseum, the SMU Tennis Complex featuring Turpin Stadium and the Brookshire Family Pavilion, the SMU Golf Complex at Trinity Forest and the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center/Barr-McMillion Natatorium.

Those interested in investing in SMU Athletics are invited to contact Kurt Pottkotter at 214-768-3639 or kpottkotter@smu.edu.

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SMU Facilities Timeline:

2001 — Opening of Ford Stadium & Loyd All-Sports Center
2003 — Installation of turf in Ford Stadium
2004 — Addition of a new press box at Westcott Field
2006 — Installation of a new playing surface and a state-of-the-art drainage system at Westcott Field
2006 — Installation of new Daktronics videoboard at Moody Coliseum
2007 — Installation of a new court in Moody Coliseum
2008 — Opening of Crum Basketball Center
2008 — Opening of Turpin Tennis Stadium
2009 — Opening of a short course at the Dallas Athletic Club
2010 — Installation of new Daktronics videoboard at Ford Stadium
2011 — Renovation of football locker room
2011 — Replacement of the Ford Stadium turf
2012 — Installation of new Musco Sports Lighting system at Ford Stadium
2013 — Groundbreaking on the Trinity Forest Golf Club and the SMU Golf Complex
2013 — Opening of a new Hall of Champions Club and new suites at Ford Stadium
2013 — Renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum
2013 — Opening of the Miller Event Center
2014 — Upgrades to the Stadium Club in Ford Stadium
2014 — Opening of indoor hitting bays at the Dallas Athletic Club
2014 — Hall of Fame Club enhancements & additional loge construction at Moody Coliseum
2015 — Opening of SMU Tennis Center featuring Turpin Stadium and the Brookshire Family Pavilion
2015 — Refurbishment of the football offices, team areas, meeting rooms and player lounge
2016 — Groundbreaking on the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center/Barr-McMillion Natatorium
2016 — Replacement of the Ford Stadium turf and football team area flooring
2016 — Refurbishment of the men's basketball locker room and team lounge
2016 — Resurfacing of Morrison-Bell Track