- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill says McNeese’s plans for building an on-campus basketball arena are “moving forward quickly.”

Hemphill tells The American Press (https://bit.ly/1mUplDE ) that the school has secured financing for the project and signed contracts with a local architect.

A start date has not been set but Hemphill said he hoped to be in the new facility, which will house the Health and Human Performance Department, in four years.

“That would be about right for us,” Hemphill said. “We can’t give a definite date for everything because of possible weather delays and other things that might come up.”

Randy Goodlow of Lake Charles was hired to design the building, which will be home to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hemphill said, while there is no final number to the seating capacity, he expects it to be about 4,000.

The teams play their home games at Burton Coliseum and the Lake Charles Civic Center. They are the only Louisiana state school that does not play on campus and one of two, Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi being the other, in the Southland Conference.

Burton is located about 3 miles south of campus, while the Civic Center is about 31?2 miles north of campus.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with Burton and look forward to playing there the next three years, but we feel an on-campus facility is in the best interest of our school and our students,” Hemphill said.

The arena is set to be built just to the north and east of the football stadium.


Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com



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