HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 29, 2013 –High Point University plans to break ground on a new 31,500-square-foot Athletic Performance Center for its student-athletes at Vert Stadium this fall. The $9 million facility will house the Panthers’ growing athletics program which now includes NCAA Div. I men’s and women’s lacrosse. The Panther Club, the university’s athletic booster club, committed $3 million toward the project.
The facility will house a 120-seat academic center as well as a state-of-the-art athletic training center. It will include new locker rooms and lounges for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The women’s lacrosse team has already won multiple conference championships and advanced to this year’s NCAA tournament, while the men’s lacrosse team recently completed its inaugural season. The women’s soccer team has been to the NCAA tournament four times since 2003.
A hospitality suite located on the third floor will overlook the field, and a media area and video production area will be on the second floor. The first-class media area will allow the Panthers to be featured more prominently on television broadcasts and high definition streaming video. Offices for coaches and support staff members will be located in the building as well.
“The commitment that High Point University is showing to academics and athletics is part of an overall 10-year transformational plan that serves the needs of our students and supports the programs of our faculty,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University.
In April, the university announced plans for a new Center for Student Success and facilities for its School of Health Sciences and proposed School of Pharmacy.