News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 14, 2013

ISU seeks to relocate track

School needs board, state approval to move facility adjacent to Wabash River

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University wants to move forward with plans to relocate its track and field facility to North First Street, adjacent to the Wabash River.

But it needs board of trustee approval and several state approvals before it can proceed with the estimated $4.3 million expenditure, which would be funded from interest income, private donor support and other sources.

State funding can’t be used for athletic facilities.

The relocation is part of ISU’s 2009 facility master plan.

 The project calls for the construction of a new track surface suitable for Missouri Valley Conference meets, throwing-event facilities, a scoreboard, timing system and spectator fences.

Work is slated to begin in spring 2014, with the goal to have it ready for track  events by spring 2015. “We would hope the majority of it will be done by fall 2014,” said Diann McKee, ISU vice president for business affairs.

Today, the board of trustees will be asked to approve the project and authorize ISU officials to seek necessary state approvals.

Board approval also is needed to hire  a company called RATIO to provide architectural and engineering services and prepare construction documents.

ISU also is seeking approval to enter into contracts to relocate the track and field facility, once state approval is obtained.

The facility would be located west of First Street near the former ICON (and Pillsbury) plant.

While the master plan calls for relocation of other athletic facilities, “right now, we’re focused on the track and field facility only,” McKee said.

The move is needed for several reasons. The current track facility, located between Third and Fourth streets, is constructed over a former residential area and “it is an ongoing challenge to maintain it,” McKee said. Problems include sinking and cracks.

Also, the current facility is landlocked, and ISU is limited in its ability to expand facilities to add spectator seating “or anything of that nature,” she said.

In addition, parking on the west side of campus is increasingly an issue. The new site would provide more space for parking, she said.

ISU owns the land where the track would be located.

Moving other athletic facilities to nearby property west of Third Street is a long-term goal, but it would be contingent on funding and other factors, McKee said.

In other matters, the board of trustees will be asked to approve 1.95-percent tuition/mandatory fee increases for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

 For 2012-13, tuition and required fees were $8,098. Under the proposal, tuition and mandatory fees would increase $158 for 2013-14, bringing the cost to $8,256 for the year. In 2014-15, the increase would be another $160, bringing tuition/mandatory fees to $8,416 for that academic year.

The board also will be asked to approve operating budgets for 2013-14.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or