- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University are teaming up to build a multipurpose center supporting collegiate and professional athletes, academic research and wellness initiatives.

Marquette University President Michael Lovell announced the partnership Thursday, along with goals to double research funding over the next years and focus on mental health research. The university says it hopes to provide cutting-edge research from both faculty and students in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation.

Lovell says the center could be built in downtown Milwaukee on more than 7 acres recently acquired by the university. He says it also will include indoor playing fields for several Marquette teams, house recreation and fitness facilities.

Marquette officials are aiming for the design to be complete within six months, followed by 18 to 24 months of construction.

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