More About the Student Activities Center

The first slab of concrete on Arkansas State's new multi-million dollar Student Activities Center and indoor practice facility was poured this afternoon on the grounds just beyond the north end zone at Centennial Bank Stadium.

After a harsh winter, contractors began the dirt work for the highly-anticipated project approximately three weeks ago.

"We had anticipated moving the starting date back in order to accommodate the fabrication of the metal building. We didn't want to get out there and start dirt and concrete work, get it all done and then have to stop construction and wait for the building (materials) to be delivered," project architect George Krennerich said on today's AstAteNation Radio program on The Ticket (KNEA).

If the project stays on schedule, the facility could be ready for use by the time spring football practice begins next year.

Architect Kyle Cook said "Right now we've got all hands on deck."

Little Rock-based VCC Contractors is handling the construction project. Krennerich said 18 men are currently at work at the site, and that number will grow significantly as the project moves forward.

The facility will cover 76,000 square feet, with a 200-by-400 foot open span. The size of the facility should be large enough to afford the football team the opportunities for full scrimmages, although possibly not high enough for punters to go 100 percent with their kicks.

Included in the building will be two batting cages for baseball, as well as netting that would accommodate several sports, including golf.

Cook said the area between the sidelines and the padded walls will be 16 feet, which he claims should be enough "a few aluminum bleachers" for spectators should the occasion arise for intramurals or other events.

The interview with Krennerich and Cook can be heard at this link

Randy Myers is the co-host of AstAteNation Radio. The program airs Monday-Friday from 11-1 on The Ticket 970am/95.3fm and on the web at