Moos eyes groundbreaking for IPF & clubhouse

WASHINGTON STATE is launching a fundraising push this month that will run through March with the intent of kick starting the construction time line for two long-planned athletic facilities at WSU: a new indoor practice facility and a baseball clubhouse at Bailey-Brayton Field.

"We're just about ready to go," athletic director Moos tells Cougfan.com.

Moos said the goal is to secure enough donations and pledges to allow WSU to break ground on both the IPF and baseball clubhouse in the next six to 12 months.

The new IPF (rendering shown above) is estimated to cost between $25 million and $30 million and the baseball clubhouse between $7 million and $8 million. Baseball coach Donnie Marbut's tireless fundraising efforts over the last four years are believed to have secured roughly half of the total needed for the clubhouse.

The new IPF -- slated for year-round use via the rotation of nearly every sport at WSU -- would use the foundation of the existing "bubble" IPF as a footprint and then expand east by several yards.

The new facility would accommodate two 50-yard football fields, a side area for training, locker rooms, offices and a banked, hydraulic track. It also would be climate controlled in a state-of-the-art way so coaches can mimic the weather of their next destination. And, unlike the current IPF, it would be fully lit and feature joint-friendly Field Turf.

Funding for the IPF and a baseball clubhouse will fall solely on the shoulders of Cougar fans, as bonded financing avenues have been maxed out via the $61 million Cougar Football Complex opened this past June and the $80 million upgrade of Martin Stadium that was completed in August 2012.

The baseball clubhouse (rendering shown below) will include a 1,800-square-foot locker room, player academic area, training room, coaches offices, and heritage area.

Moos said one of the pitches he will use in fundraising among the deep pockets is naming rights for those facilities. He also said he is open to renaming Martin Stadium if the opportunity is right. Two names that are off limits, because they were bestowed to honor WSU legends, are Bailey-Brayton Field and Friel Court.

Phases II and III of the WSU soccer complex are also on the facilities to-do list and naming rights are available there too, Moos noted.

“Naming rights can help intrigue people to give for facility enhancements, as well as a lot of other infrastructure and branding we continue to do with our current facilities,” he said.

ARTIST'S RENDERING OF THE PLANNED BASEBALL CLUBHOUSE AT BAILEY-BRAYTON FIELD.


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