INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University athletes will soon have a new facility to call home.
The Institute school will break ground this spring on a new $3.5 million athletic center, next to the school's football field, Lakin Field at Dickerson Stadium
The new complex will be a two-story, 15,691-square-foot building with space for meeting rooms, a weight room, training room and locker room, according to a news release from the school.
It will be known as the Gregory V. Monroe Athletic Complex. Monroe, a 1980 graduate of what was then West Virginia State College and a former Yellow Jacket football player, recently "made a significant contribution" to WVSU, according to the release.
Monroe is a motivational speaker and executive training specialist in Orlando, Fla., according to the school. In the news release, he said he grew up in Logan, "and my parents gave me a great start in life, but State expanded my world view. The opportunities that I had there and the support I received from the faculty and staff enabled me to go out and make a life for myself. I would never have accomplished the things that I have without State."
The new complex will be on the end of the football field closest to the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center.
WVSU head football coach Jon Anderson said the center "will not only be a tremendous asset to our current student-athletes, but it will aid in recruiting the next generation of Yellow Jackets."
WVSU officials first announced a new athletic center in the fall of 2012, at the same time as a new residence hall. That dormitory, the first new residence hall on the Institute campus in nearly a half-century, will be named after Damon J. Keith, an alumnus and a federal appeals judge. It is scheduled to open this fall.