WKU Track Facility Relocation

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

After a lot of discussion and planning, Western Kentucky University now has a new home for its track and field sports. The university is moving the current facility to make room for a second side to LT Smith Stadium.

Doctor Wood Selig, WKU's Athletic Director says the new plans for the stadium do not leave room for a track.

"When we started the process of considering a renovation of Smith Stadium we realized that it may require removal of our track."

LT Smith Stadium has been home to Western's track and field facilities since 1968. Starting next year those facilities will move across the street next to the water tower.

Craig Biggs, Western's Associate Athletic Director says the new facility will have an eight lane track, an infield, a 1000 seat sitting area, and an indoor facility.

Biggs says this location really is the best for the university and the track teams.

"I think from the proximity from campus and the need for our program and for the university, it probably ended up being the best site.

Selig says although it would have benefited the Bowling Green community to build the track and field facility in one of the city parks, he's still happy it's going to be part of Western's campus.

"I'm ecstatic about the location; it benefits our student athletes, our faculty, staff, our students well. It's accessible, right on campus it fits all our needs of our track and field program."

Biggs says the university hopes to be running on the track by May of 2007.

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