The ceremony featured remarks from Chancellor Randy Woodson, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow, head football coach Dave Doeren and Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club, Bobby Purcell.
It was announced that the facility will be named the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility in honor of NC State alums Derick S. Close (’82) and James S. King (’62), who donated the lead gifts for the project. Close and King currently serve on the Wolfpack Club Board of Directors, while King is a past president of that board. Close previously served as chairman of the Goal Line Drive Campaign that raised funds for the Murphy Center and the South End Zone project. King served on the Construction Oversight Committee that help facilitate the construction of the Murphy Center, Vaughn Towers and the North End Zone addition.
“Derick Close and Jim King have been great leaders and contributors to NC State Athletics for decades,” said Purcell. “Their generosity has provided scholarship opportunities for countless student-athletes and now their generosity is helping make this new Indoor Practice Facility a reality.”
Those individuals, along with the 2014 football team’s 27-member Leadership Council, participated in the ceremonial “official dig.”
The privately-funded $17.2 million facility will boast a full, 120-yard football field with a roof height sufficient for kicking game and suspended goal posts. There will be additional training and conditioning space beyond both end zones and four sprint lanes down the full length of the field.
Other features include an in-ground and above-ground pads for long jump, triple jump, high jump and other track events, end zone and 50-yardline viewing platforms, clerestory windows and glass roll-up doors to allow natural daylight, a complete sound system, and support areas for equipment, strength and conditioning and sports medicine.