- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is planning a new facility for its track program after receiving a $5.5 million donation.

The donation came from Randy and Jenny Boyd, who both graduated from the university and live in Knoxville. Randy Boyd is commissioner of the state of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development and owner of the Southern League’s Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

School officials announced the donation Friday and said the Boyd Family Track & Field Center would include a training room, a team meeting room, equipment storage space, public restrooms and a concession stand. The building also will have a pavilion that serves as Tennessee’s team staging area during home meets.

Tennessee also plans to build a new press box at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

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