Winston-Salem, N.C. – Wake Forest Athletics will begin construction later this summer on a new indoor practice facility named in honor of Bob McCreary ('61), who committed $7.5 million to the project this spring.
Designed to benefit all of the Wake Forest athletic programs, the McCreary Indoor Center will provide an area for teams to train year-round regardless of the weather conditions. The $21 million facility will be located behind the Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus and will feature a 120-yard artificial turf field with roll-up doors that will open onto the existing football practice fields.
Site work is slated to begin in August and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for the fall and will be announced at a later date.
"We are excited to begin construction on the McCreary Indoor Center," said Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. "In the spirit of our mission of 'Developing Champions,' we want to provide a place for our student-athletes to train year-round during inclement weather, so this facility will benefit all of our athletic programs and help ensure that our teams remain competitive. It will also have a tremendous impact from a recruiting standpoint and will play a crucial role in our ability to attract top prospects. We are also are deeply grateful to Bob McCreary and other donors whose philanthropy makes possible this new facility."
In addition to McCreary, Ben Sutton ('80, JD '83), Alan Fox ('79, MBA '81), W. Prentiss Baker III ('65, P '89, P '90), Gaither M. Keener Jr. (JD '77), Carl M. Tucker III ('68, P '95, P '97, P '04) and other generous donors have contributed to this Wake Forest Athletics project as part of the Wake Will capital campaign.
"I hope the construction of the new indoor practice facility motivates recruits to become part of a new era in Wake Forest Football under Coach Dave Clawson," said McCreary, a former football player whose longtime support of Wake Forest includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments. "The support for this facility makes it clear that Wake Forest is committed to ensuring the success and wellbeing of student-athletes and athletic programs."
"The groundbreaking announcement is great news for Wake Forest football," said head coach Dave Clawson. "It is a significant investment and shows the high commitment level that the University has to our program. The McCreary Indoor Center will be a game changer for our current student-athletes and future Deacons. It will give our players the ability to improve and work on their skills the entire year. The facility will also give us a great boost in our recruiting efforts to attract the best possible student-athletes to Wake Forest University. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved who made this project possible."