Louisiana Tech shares update on campus construction

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:55 AM CST
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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) Louisiana tech is 80 percent complete done rebuilding several facilities damaged in the April 2019 tornado. The projects are set to be complete by February of next year. The system damaged homes, businesses, and several Louisiana Tech buildings, but it did not diminish the spirit in the Ruston community.

“Any of the positive energy, the excitement, the forwardness is something that we share as a community here,” said Vice President-Director of Athletics Eric Wood.

The university suffered millions of dollars in damage. Wood said the tennis court and softball field is the priority right now.

“But at this point, everything is on time, and everything is on budget. It’s been really exciting for the community its been really exciting for our campus and the students who will be able to use the facility,” he said.

It’s the long run that matters, and in the long run, Wood said the university’s sports complex was due for a facelift, and everyone will benefit from the improvements.

“This is an exciting piece for everyone, obviously. Our student-athletes, coaches, and players will experience it the most on a day to basis, so they are excited to be in world-class facilities,” Wood added.

The stadium that houses baseball, softball, and soccer is almost done. Wood hopes the new facilities will inspire current and future students.

“For them to get the best experience they can get in the best facility is all they can ask for, and we want to provide that,” Wood said.

He adds it’s not all about the athletes.

It’s about the LA Tech student body as a whole.

“Were really looking forward to the total impact of these facilities. We know everyone is grateful, but we know that the surrounding community will benefit as well. It’s really an impactful project,” he said confidently.

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