NIU breaks ground on athletic training center

April 23, 2012

Associated Press

Officials at Northern Illinois University have broken ground on a new indoor athletic training center on the DeKalb campus.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports that the official ground-breaking ceremony for the 80,000-plus square foot building was Saturday.

It's called the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Facility. The building will have an artificial turf football field, a four-lane sprint track, batting cages, field goal nets and long jump pits.

The newspaper reports that donors have pledged $8.7 of the 9.5 million needed for the center.

University officials say they hope to complete the center by the time classes start in the fall of 2013.

John Peters is university president. He says he thinks the building is key in the university reaching the next level in college athletics.