Monday, March 21, 2011

Public Invited To Facility Grand Opening

Tennessee Tech will hold the official "Grand Opening" Thursday afternoon of the university's new, state-of-the-art Athletic Performance Center, located on the western edge of campus. The event is scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m.

"We are absolutely thrilled with this new facility, and we're extremely anxious for the public to have the chance to see what we have available for our student-athletes," said Mark Wilson, Tech Director of Athletics. "It's a facility that we've been looking forward to for a long time, one that will benefit all of our current student-athletes and each of our intercollegiate teams."

The Open House will give everyone the opportunity to view and tour the 25,000 square-foot facility. It features a 10,000 square-foot strength room and a 10,000 square-foot indoor practice facility, plus dressing rooms and offices. In addition to invitations to the public, the university community and student body, former Golden Eagle student-athletes have also been invited to attend.

"This is an historic day for Tennessee Tech Athletics," Wilson said. "It became obvious in talking with our past student-athletes that this type of facility needed to be a top priority for athletics, and we are excited that we have been able to accomplish it."

All parking for the Athletic Performance Center Grand Opening and Open House will be at the Eblen Center, and continuous transportation will be provided to-and-from the facility throughout the event. Visitors are asked to park in the main parking lot located between Tucker Stadium and Eblen Center, with transportation picking up riders from the Eblen Center main lobby. Members of the athletics staff, including most head coaches, will be at the Open House to answer questions. In addition, several student-athletes incuding members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will attend. For additional information on the Grand Opening, please call the Athletics Ticket Office at (931) 372-3940.