UL's new Athletics Master Plan making difference for the university

Nine different projects totaling up to $115 million

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 3:33pm

It's an exciting time to be a ragin cajun.  The athletic facilities master plan is complete, and some people say it's the most important thing the athletics department has done in fifty years.

"It will take us to a whole new level in recruiting, in national exposure, in perception.  This community, there is a lot of winners and everybody likes being the best and hopefully we can continue on that journey now of being the best," says Mark Hudspeth, UL head football coach.

The list of projects has been broken into three tiers of priority.  The first priority, improvements to the soccer and track facility, seating and amenity expansion in the south end of cajun field, and a new athletics practice facility.  Improvements that are expected to benefit more than just the athletics department.

"Athletics is the front door of the university.  Many people see us or get an impression of us through the athletic teams and go further.  Those students recruitments importance, potential students see your teams on television see you doing well see you winning then they get a little bit more interested and they'll come visit and potentially become students," Dr. Joseph Savoie, President of UL.

The second round of priorities includes the remaining proposed improvements to cajun field and the renovation and expansion of the baseball field.  The final set of priorities, a new sports plaza behind the south end of cajun field, renovatioin of the academic center, improvements to Earl K. Long gym, the tennis center, and a new basketball practice facility.  But UL says plans aside, they can't do any of this without you.

"Every cajun out there is going to have to grab a hold of the rope and get involved.  That involvement can come from buying season tickets, can come from donating to the RCAF, or making a special type of gift just to the master facility plan," says Scott Farmer, UL athletics director.

UL wants their facilities to help pave the way for a ragin cajun power house, competing against the best programs in the nation.  The number one thing they want this master plan to send out to the public is that UL does not want to stay at the status quo, they want to move forward and make this university the best that it can be.

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