What’s the timeline on the indoor practice facility and baseball clubhouse facility enhancements? CF.C asked Bill Moos for the latest

THE NEW INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY and baseball clubhouse have long been on the Washington State to-do list. How close are fundraising efforts to make them a reality? CF.C asked Bill Moos.

“We are fundraising very well, I think, on some major gifts that could address those and some other facility enhancements, including our proposed academic center. I don’t want to expand on that too much at the moment but there’s a great interest from several donors in helping us with our academic project,” said Moos.

Moos said the baseball clubhouse remains roughly $1 million away. (Previous public estimates were in the $6.5 million range but Moos said last December the project would total $9.5 million for all phases of the project). Roughly $3 million in pledges was secured by former Cougar baseball coach Donnie Marbut in the years before he left.

“That baseball clubhouse, I don’t want to say when, but I am confident it will happen … not in the timely fashion we hoped for in the beginning. But I think within 24 months and certainly within 36 the landscape of Cougar athletics in regards to our facilities will be much improved,” said Moos.

It’s been two years since Washington State launched a major fundraising effort to kick start the construction time line on the new IPF and a baseball clubhouse at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Funding for both falls solely on the shoulders of Cougar fans and/or corporate sponsorship, as bonded financing avenues have been exhausted by the Cougar Football Complex and the Martin Stadium remodel. The Cougar Athletic Fund, meanwhile, is dedicated to scholarships.

“We’re looking at some different opportunities with the indoor practice facility that could very well center around naming opportunities and corporate sponsorship,” said Moos. “That’s a big tab, that’s going to be between $25-30 million that cannot at this point be bonded or financed. Having a big entity come in and secure naming opportunities is really where some of the focus is there.

“We’re still going to need individual help on it. We feel it’s a very important facility for us, we want to wrap up these other ones that are real, real close before we put all of our energies into the IPF.”

Meanwhile, Moos said Cougar fans will be pleased with the results on the new soccer facility enhancements underway.

“Phase II of our soccer project – grandstands, press box, restrooms, concessions, is underway and it is coming out of the ground really looking impressive. By the time our student-athletes start competition in the fall they will be playing in arguably the finest college soccer facility maybe in the country, but I certainly believe in the Pac-12,” said Moos.

The new IPF would be used year-round via the rotation of nearly every sport at WSU. Originally planned to be a permanent structure when first constructed in 2002, the new IPF would use the existing foundation, expand east and feature 120,000 square feet. It 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.

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