SHIPPENSBURG (Oct. 21) — Shippensburg University President Laurie A. Carter announced a gift of $2 million for the construction of a new SU football locker room. It will be built at the rear of Seth Grove Stadium.
The gift is part of a larger project to bring much needed improvements to facilities for student-athletes and faculty coaches. It will culminate in much needed improvements to facilities for student-athletes and faculty coaches from seven teams.
The new football facility will also include upgrades to the stadium tunnel. The terms of the donation specify that the money must be used to build locker rooms. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
“Athletics is a proven instrument for student success, as evidenced by our student-athletes. In spring of 2019, more than half our athletes earned a 3.0 or higher, and 38 of our athletes maintained a 4.0. I am so appreciative of this generous contributor who is supporting quality education at Shippensburg University in this way,” Carter said.
The tunnel currently adjoining the Student Association Field will connect the new locker rooms to the stadium by extending the tunnel currently adjoining Student Association Field. The new construction will provide additional space and much needed improvements. Those include new larger lockers, 20 showers and additional restroom facilities.
The $2 million gift is in addition to a $3.6 million locker room facility to be built behind Henderson Gymnasium. That 7,688 square foot addition will provide state-of-the-art facilities for women student-athletes playing field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, and softball, as well as the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The project is currently in the planning phase.
The projects were developed based upon the findings of a comprehensive study of university athletics locker rooms. The combined estimated cost of the project is $5.6 million.