Concordia athletes have a new home this year.
Capping off the six-year Update the Jake campaign to revamp Jake Christiansen Stadium, the completion of a new locker room facility in March marked an exciting time for Concordia Athletics.
“It’s a long time coming,” head football coach Terry Horan says. “Being an alumnus, a guy who’s spent a lot of his life around maroon and gold, it’s pretty sweet (to see this).”
Concordia will celebrate the completion of The Wayne and Beverly Thorson Athletic Center with a dedication on Oct. 11, prior to the Homecoming football game against Carleton College.
Donors and game attendees are invited to the ceremony, which will begin at 12:20 p.m. In addition to remarks from Horan and President William Craft, lead donors Wayne and Beverly Thorson will cut a ribbon in front of the entrance.
Updating the locker room facility comprised gifts from more than 400 donors.
“There are a lot of things that came to fruition because of our alumni,” athletic director Rich Glas says. “And we’re very appreciative of that.”
In total, Update the Jake donors contributed more than $5.6 million in support of this project.
The project has seen the installation of new FieldTurf on the football field and baseball infields, paving of parking lots, additional green space in the plaza area between the football and baseball fields, the building of a new storage facility and, finally, the completion of the new, multi-sport locker room.
The facility features a football locker room with more than 130 maroon lockers, a major improvement from its predecessor, which had less than 80 lockers.
“It’s the first time in 48 years when we’ve all been together in the same locker room,” Horan says.
The locker room also features an athletic training room, equipment room, recruiting lounge and Hall of Legends. Other sports will use the facility as well, including women’s soccer, baseball and softball.
A tour of the new locker rooms at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 will precede the dedication.