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Originally published March 25, 2009 at 12:24p.m., updated March 25, 2009 at 05:44p.m.

KU Athletics releases report that includes plans for $24.6 million Olympic Village

An architectural rendering of a new track-only facility being considered for the area south of the old football practice facility, along 19th Street. There would be seating for 5,000 people. Total costs of the track facility would be about $8 million.

An architectural rendering of a new track-only facility being considered for the area south of the old football practice facility, along 19th Street. There would be seating for 5,000 people. Total costs of the track facility would be about $8 million.

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KU unveils $25 million sports plan

There could be a new look for several sports fields just south of Allen Fieldhouse.

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NCAA Certification Self-Study

Kansas University Athletics Department has a master plan to create a $24.6 million Olympic Village in the area south of Anschutz Pavilion.

The idea includes a 400-meter track and field with grandstand seating, new practice and competition soccer fields with grandstand seating and new grandstand seating for the softball field.

The Athletics Department released a draft of a self study Wednesday detailing information on budgets, master plans and many other aspects of its operation, including the Olympic Village plan.

The study contains hundreds of pages of data and reports on five major areas: governance and rules compliance, academic integrity, gender issues, diversity issues and student-athlete well-being.

Jim Marchiony, an athletic department spokesman, said that fundraising for the new facilities is ongoing, and it’s an important part of what KU Athletics is trying to do in the future.

The report is part of a NCAA requirement for all Division I programs every 10 years, Marchiony said.

“It provides everyone — faculty, staff, students, the general public — a kind of window to athletics and how it’s run,” Marchiony said.

He said the study serves as a report card on how the department is doing.

KU will collect feedback from the public in a session from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union.

Frank DeSalvo, associate vice provost for student success and chairman of the self study steering committee, will join Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Athletic Director Lew Perkins, law professor Steve McCallister, and Jerry Bailey, director of the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, in answering questions from the public.

KU will then finalize the report and send it to the NCAA by May 1. The NCAA will review the report and provide an analysis in July, and KU will have until Oct. 12 to respond.

An NCAA peer-review team will visit campus in late October and issue a report to the chancellor by December, and KU will have a chance to respond. The NCAA Certification Committee will then deliberate and issue a final decision by February 2010.

Comments

d_prowess 10 years, 10 months ago

This looks really great and I assume the the new track is the first step to the eventual removal of the current track inside Memorial Stadium...

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 10 months ago

Wonder if there are any plans in the works for athlete-housing? Are they still just going to spruce up Jayhawker Towers???

NewtonJHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

ROch Chalk JHawk

WHo wants to watch the game in Newton with me on Friday!!!

WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 10 months ago

I'll miss the green space on campus...all this building...

SeaJHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I didn't catch if there's going to be any grandstand seating. Did I miss something?

This looks exciting for our other sports teams; I hope! But super dope for Memorial stadium and the eventual lowering of the field for foosball games. I can't imagine how awesome that would look and feel. Hopefully that doesn't change too much for the all important Spring Graduation though. However, here's to being an optimist. Rock Chalk!

Lance Hobson 10 years, 10 months ago

  1. Yes, get rid of the track and lower the field! Add seats for football.

  2. Sounds nice, but is someone thinking about the beauty of the campus and concerned about the sprawl? What they did to Murphy Hall and what used to be grass in front of it was atrocious, and they had a chance to fix the engineering building's hideous 60s look but instead they just added to it.

  3. Don't spruce up the Towers, level them and start over.

bagels322 9 years, 7 months ago

mpann1818; all that looks like crap as it is right now sound you won't miss it, trust me.

I do think they are doing this to set up a removal of the track at the stadium... WHICH NEEDS TO BE DONE!

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