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Groundbreaking for Benedict College Football Stadium

April 8, 2004

WHAT: Groundbreaking for Benedict College Football Stadium
WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2004 at 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: 2000 Two Notch Road at the intersection of Read Street

Benedict College will soon come a step closer to realizing its dream of turning part of the huge tract of land at Two Notch Road into a fully operational football stadium when the College breaks ground next Thursday.

The overly anticipated Benedict College Football Stadium has been the topic of discussion for residents, spectators and college authorities since the institution purchased the 61 acres of land several years ago where old, dilapidated buildings once set. The college expects to open the doors to the football stadium for games in its 2005-2006 academic year.

Housed in the LeRoy T. Walker Health and Wellness Complex, which will comprise the 61 acres, the Football Stadium will be the premiere facility among others that will include baseball and softball fields, soccer and football practice field, six tennis courts, children's playground, jogging trail, indoor swimming pool, water pond with three fountains, and parking and tailgating spaces, to be built within this multi-faceted complex. The 10,000-seat stadium, with the capacity to seat a maximum of 17,000 individuals, will feature state-of-the-art facilities and amenities that will accommodate three levels.

The first level will comprise of a main ticket office, a concession office, and a field house that will be constructed at the south end of the field. On the second level, hospitality and presidential suites will be housed. The third-level rooms will also serve as classrooms.

With the return of Tiger football and the team's first winning season, the stadium is the much-needed home turf that will give the team home-based support from its community and fans. In efforts to meet the needs of the College and its community, the complex and the stadium will provide extra space to accommodate the growing athletic programs and will provide services that facilitate and support wellness and healthy lifestyles.

Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Director of Public Relations at 253-5132, hunterk@benedict.edu
Derrick Johnson, Sports Information Director at 733-7421, johnsonde@benedict.edu
Natalie Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations at 540-2519, brownn@benedict.edu
Rania Brown, Marketing Assistant at 231-2339, brownra@benedict.edu

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