Tarleton hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open renovated field house
By: Thomas Winzeler
On Saturday, Jan. 23, Tarleton State University celebrated the grand opening of the Tarleton Texan’s newly renovated field house with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The ribbon-cutting started at 5 p.m. and took place at the south end of Memorial Stadium on Sloan Street directly in front of the field house. The event kicked off with a short presentation followed by the ribbon cutting.
Among those in attendance were Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley, Athletic Director Lonn Reisman and Head Football Coach Todd Whitten, all of whom spoke.
Hurley said the goal was to build the facilities that the football team needs to win conference championships and then win a national championship. The hope is that this facility will meet the caliber of the program and that will elevate play.
The ceremony was especially exciting for Whitten who cut the ribbon and had four seniors who were apart his first recruiting class when he returned to Tarleton five years ago in attendance. Whitten also received a signed jersey, will be hung in the newly renovated field house, from Tarleton football alumni and current Colts player EJ Speed.
Following the ceremony guest in attendance were allowed self-guided tours of the new fieldhouse.
The facility is highlighted by a now unified locker room that includes 100 brand-new lockers. The locker room is now fully equipped with a Bluetooth sound system, four video game consoles and a player lounge. The training room was also expanded out to 1,500 square feet and now includes a hydro-room as well as 1,200 square-foot of equipment space. The facility also includes offices for the coaches, a new coaches’ locker room and a 400 square-foot coaches conference room.
Hurley stated, “Make no mistake about this, this is the absolute best FCS Football locker room and coaches facility in the country and we’re just through phase one.”