Washburn University added a new building in 2020 for athletes to compete year-round on their home turf.
The Indoor Facility was completed in fall of 2020 and came to a grand total of $20.6 million dollars once it was completed. Between track meets and multiple teams practicing daily, the athletics department is getting their money’s worth.
On Saturday, January 16, Washburn was able to host a track meet at the indoor facility.
Mike Godbout, Facility Director, explains that everyone who has used it is very impressed; baseball, softball, soccer, football and track and field have used it from, “basically 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” said Godbout. “So there’s not a lot of breaks going on right now and they all enjoy it; plenty room for everybody.,”
Tom Haug, junior track athlete, explains how remarkable the new facility is. “I mean I love it, it’s one of the best facilities I’ve ever been in in my career so it’s excellent and I couldn’t ask for better.”
Other teams who have competed at the track meets have had the same reaction. “All of the coaches have said ‘There’s nothing wrong with this, we say we have no complaints. This place is beautiful’,” said Cameron Babb, the Track and Field Head Coach.
After seeing how the facility works in an actual competition, Godbout explains that there is nothing they need to fix or alter for future events; everything is just how it is supposed to be.
Edited by: Matthew Self