Oct 2, 2010 12:03 AM by Jordan Mason
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The dream became a reality today as the USAFA Endowment, on behalf of the United States Air Force Academy and the Association of Graduates, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Holaday Athletic Center on Friday.
The project was made possible by a generous lead gift of $5 million from Bart and Lynn Holaday, Class of 1965-the largest gift from a graduate to the Academy in the institution's history. The Holaday Athletic Center, an indoor athletic training facility, is also unique in that it is the largest privately funded capital project in Academy history.
Construction is slated to begin this month and be completed by the start of the 2011 academic year. The 92,000 square-foot center will house a regulation-sized field that can accommodate football, lacrosse, and soccer, in addition to many other athletic activities. Cadet athletic development and performance will be enhanced through reduced weather delays, increased practice time and improved replication of game conditions that the facility provides.
"Today is one of the most exciting days in the history of Air Force athletics," said Air Force Director of Athletics Dr Hans Mueh. "Air Force athletics is not just our 27 intercollegiate sports, but also encompasses intramurals, physical education classes and cadet physical fitness training. Air Force athletics touches every cadet here at the Academy and because of this generous gift from Bart and Lynn Holaday and others who have given, we will continue to have the very best facilities to provide total team and player development, benefiting all cadets and enhancing the Academy's overall success in intercollegiate and intramural athletics."