Warhawks breaking ground

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Warhawks breaking ground

Athletic director Brian Wickstrom, university president Nick Bruno, Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo, head football coach Todd Berry , and others break ground Monday. 

photo by Joshua Detiege

Athletic director Brian Wickstrom, university president Nick Bruno, Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo, head football coach Todd Berry , and others break ground Monday. photo by Joshua Detiege

Athletic director Brian Wickstrom, university president Nick Bruno, Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo, head football coach Todd Berry , and others break ground Monday. photo by Joshua Detiege

Athletic director Brian Wickstrom, university president Nick Bruno, Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo, head football coach Todd Berry , and others break ground Monday. photo by Joshua Detiege

Dakota Ratley

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ULM keeps building up the athletics program—literally.

Monday, March 2 ULM athletics broke ground on a brand new facility for the football program. The facility will be built around the northern end zone of Malone Stadium.

Athletic director Brian Wickstrom talked about how much this project means not only to athletics, but the student-athletes of ULM.

“It’s about what these kids are going to get that they deserve to have,” he said

He said that this is something he and head football coach Todd Berry had talked about since he arrived on campus. He said that he was most proud that the facility is funded completely by private dollars.

The $4.1 million project was put together with the help of 58 major donors.  Eighteen of those donors contributed $100,000 or more to the facility.

The facility will include a new locker room, coaches’ offices and a Hall of Fame area.

Head football coach Todd Berry said that he is appreciative of all those involved in making the facility possible. He said that space was the biggest thing to gain from the 11,675 square foot facility, and that his two assistant coaches in closet offices can now move out.

University Nick Bruno said that many alumni from the university were involved in making the facility a possibility. He also credited many non-alumni who, despite no previous ties to the university, contributed time and money.

This project surpassed the field turf donations as the biggest in ULM history.