Outdoor Athletic Center FAQs
Why was the Outdoor Athletic Center built?
- To relieve the overcrowded Recreation Complex by providing better training and game day facilities for student-athletes including showers, lockers, and a team room near the athletic fields where they compete
- To improve the spectator experience by having true restrooms versus portable toilets and sinks, concessions area, and a secure ticket booth
- For the recruitment of all students (not just student-athletes)
- To gain necessary storage areas for equipment and to negate the daily transporting of it back and forth from the main campus
- So medicial attention can be sought in a dedicated and professional training room
- To provide locker rooms for officials and coaches
- To expand the usage of Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex by schools and groups in the community and to provide an increased tourism revenue for the area
How much did it cost to build?
The cost of Phase 1 construction will be between $2 and $2.5 million.
How is the college funding the building of the Outdoor Athletic Center?
The project will be funded in three ways – individual fundraising efforts including the Locker Legends initiative, naming right opportunities, and the college budget process. Wisconsin Lutheran College is extremely thankful for all donations, no matter the amount. Every gift makes a difference in reaching the goal. Gifts can be made online or by contacting Dennis Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why wasn’t the Outdoor Athletic Center built earlier?
The plan has always been to complete the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex by building the Outdoor Athletic Center facility, but due to the recent economic downturn, plans for the center were placed on hold.
What is included in Phase I?
Phase I consists of public restrooms and concession stand under the existing bleachers and press box. On the east side of Raabe Stadium, the Outdoor Athletic Center building will be constructed and will include additional public restrooms, varsity locker rooms and visiting team locker rooms, medical training room, coaches' meeting room, referee/coaches' locker room, laundry and storage areas. There will also be a free standing secured ticket booth.
When will Phase I be complete?
Completion date is planned for August 2011.
What teams will utilize Phase I of the Outdoor Athletic Center?
All of the athletic teams which practice at the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex will make use of the Outdoor Athletic Center in some way. The baseball, football, softball, and track and field teams will move their locker room usage from the Recreation Complex to the Outdoor Athletic Center in 2011-12.
How will the building of the Outdoor Athletic Center impact the usage of the Recreation Complex?
When the Recreation Complex was built in 1992, there were 281 full-time students attending Wisconsin Lutheran College. Today, more than 840 students attend with 340 of the students competing for the Warriors in 16 NCAA Division III athletics, cheer and dance. Freeing up space in the Recreation Complex by moving some team locker rooms to the Outdoor Athletic Center will provide better use of the facilities both for Warriors student-athletes and community usage.
What impact will the Outdoor Athletic Center have on recruiting?
Wisconsin Lutheran College's committment to excellence extends beyond the oustanding faculty and staff which serve the student body. The phenomenal facilities in which students learn, reside, compete or cheer on their classmates are state-of-the-art, and the Outdoor Athletic Center will be no different! The center will give WLC a significant advantage over other teams in the region competing for the same student-athletes.
What will the training room offer student-athletes?
Instead of performing medical treatment on the sidelines, Wisconsin Lutheran College's medical staff of trainers and doctor will have access to a full service training room complete with rehab modalities and state-of-the-art prevention and care equipment for student-athletes.
How will this impact the community?
Last season more than 38 schools and groups in the community utilized the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex. Although community organizations enjoyed their experience at the complex, the lack of proper restrooms, concession areas, and locker rooms hindered their usage. The Outdoor Athletic Center will provide a better quality experience for all community users. With the addition of the Outdoor Athletic Center building, the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex will be considered for regional and state competition, as it will be one of the premiere facilities in southeastern Wisconsin.
When will Phase II begin?
Phase II will begin when funds are available and the priority for finishing it is considered highest.
What is included in Phase II?
Phase II will include an addition onto the Outdoor Athletic Center building. The addition will include additional restrooms, locker rooms, and storage. On the exterior of the west side of the Outdoor Athletic Center seating will be built and will include 2,500 seats of which 300 will have chair backs, two presidential viewing suites, a press box, and two outdoor event decks. Phase II will also include dugouts, lights, scoreboards, and seating at the softball and baseball fields.