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CSUSM to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Sports Center

Media Advisory by Margaret Chantung

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will break ground on its new Sports Center, a 25,000-square-foot athletic venue on the northern edge of campus, at a special ceremony on Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Projected to be completed in 18 short months, the new facility will open its doors for the 2016 fall season and serve as the home for the University’s top-ranked volleyball and basketball teams.

The formal ceremony will include an address by CSUSM President Dr. Karen Haynes and Athletic Director Jennifer Milo, as well as a ceremonial “first dig” by key representatives from the campus.

Funded by student fees, The Sports Center will feature seating for 1,400 spectators, a ticket office, concession stand, an expanded sports medicine training room, home and visiting team locker rooms, a student- athlete lounge, officials locker rooms, a media office for press conferences, administrative offices for coaches, LED lighting and a CSUSM Athletics Hall of Fame.

“The Sports Center will not only benefit the basketball programs but the University community as a whole,” said men’s basketball head coach Jim Saia. “We will be able to embrace the region with a spirit and enthusiasm that Cal State San Marcos has yet to experience.”

CSUSM is completing its last year as an independent, non-conference institution within the NAIA. Cougar Athletics is currently in the first year of its candidacy transition to join the NCAA Division II. The process is expected to take three years to gain full membership.

What: Groundbreaking of The Sports Center at CSUSM

When: Monday, March 23, 2015
Formal program begins at 1:00 p.m. followed by the official “first dig” at 1:30 p.m.

Where: California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
The Clarke Field House – Hunter Gymnasium

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About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the year of 2015. Since its founding, CSUSM has distinguished itself as a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. With nearly 13,000 enrolled students, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties.

Eighty-five percent of CSUSM’s nearly 35,000 alumni stay in the region after graduation. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the 2014 HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—the University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. CSUSM is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.