Construction of MMC Fieldhouse to Begin Spring 2019
February 26, 2019
YANKTON — On Tuesday, Mount Marty College announced plans to construct a new fieldhouse on the college’s campus in Yankton, South Dakota. Construction of the fieldhouse is slated to begin in the spring of 2019.
The $15 million, 100,000 square foot fieldhouse, which is scheduled for completion in July of 2020, promises to be a showpiece on the MMC campus as well as a hotbed of activity for community and collegiate events. The facility will offer a host of elements including a 74,000 square foot event space with a 200-meter, eight-lane track as well as a 7,500 square foot weight training and fitness facility which will be open to both the MMC and Yankton community members through a proposed partnership with GreatLIFE.
Chris Kassin, Athletic Director for MMC, says the new facility will benefit every student, “We want students to choose Mount Marty because they know they can succeed here. To do that, we need to offer top-of-the-line facilities,” explains Kassin. “This field house will offer students, and the larger community, access to first-rate fitness space and opportunities for indoor recreation in any season,” Kassin adds that specialized features such as an eight-lane track will provide opportunities to bring large athletic events to town. “The full eight-lane track will make MMC a great candidate to host a variety of regional and conference events.”
MMC President Marcus Long says the new facility will fulfill some critical needs for the growing campus including much-needed room for students and activities. “Mount Marty is committed to improving health and well-being on campus and throughout the region. And we see the fieldhouse as an important part of that effort. Whether through intramural sports, a large regional event, or a family working to get healthy, MMC is excited to provide this facility for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and our neighbors in the area.”
Yankton’s Mayor, and MMC alumnus, Nathan Johnson agrees. He sees the project as a step forward for Yankton. “The fieldhouse project marks a significant advancement not just for Mount Marty College but for the Yankton community. The many events it will hold will create recreational and quality of life opportunities for our residents; not to mention the visitors it will draw who will eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and shop in our stores. This is a great day for Mount Marty College and for all of Yankton.”
For more information about Mount Marty College visit www.mtmc.edu.