Watch: Rutgers Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fred Hill Indoor Training Complex

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The significance of Oct. 24 goes beyond the football team's sold-out clash with No. 1 Ohio State. Rutgers broke ground Saturday afternoon on the Fred Hill Training Complex, signifying the first major athletic facility upgrade in seven years.

This is what the Big Ten means for Rutgers, and the athletic department's vision took a step forward Saturday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a baseball and softball indoor training complex.

Rutgers, led in ceremony by athletic director Julie Hermann, officially broke ground onthe Fred Hill Training Complex shortly after 3 p.m. on the Livingston campus.

"This is a the great part about being a part of the Big Ten," Hermann said. "When you're a part of the Big Ten, you're talking about one of the most storied conferences in the country, over 400 national championships. It's the best of the best, and so we've got to continue to upgrade how we train and get it built."

Donors privately funded the entire $3.3 million facility, which inspired confidence in the ongoing fundraising required for upgrades across campus to reach a Big Ten level.

"That's an important message based on everything we've got to get done in the next five or 10 years," Hermann said.

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