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Ground Broken for New Athletic Center

Ground Broken for New Athletic Center

Amid a sea of Creighton student athletes, ground was broken Tuesday for the new Ryan Athletics Center and D. J. Sokol Arena, achieving another major milestone in Creighton University’s master plan.

The facility, to be located at the northeast corner of Webster Street and Florence Boulevard, is being made possible by the generous donations of Wayne and Eileen Ryan and family and Dave and Peggy Sokol. They, along with members of their families, Creighton leadership, athletic staff and students, shoveled dirt during Tuesday’s ceremony, symbolically marking the beginning of construction of the new athletics facility.

An athletics center has been a part of Creighton University’s master plan for six years. University Board members Connie Ryan and Dave Sokol and their families felt the timing for the center was right not only to make a difference at Creighton, but to continue creating an academic, athletic and entertainment corridor from the riverfront to the Creighton University Medical Center.

The 46,000-square-foot, two-story building will include:

  • a gymnasium seating 2,500-3,000
  • women’s basketball and volleyball coaches’ offices
  • locker rooms
  • ticket offices
  • athletic training and meeting rooms
  • media workrooms

The arena may also be used for other campus and community events including campus assemblies, coaching camps/clinics, concerts, speakers, and high school graduations.

The Ryan Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol arena, which is expected to be completed in late 2008, is another example of the University’s growth, reflected in the University’s strategic plan and identified as a funding priority in its $350 million Willing to Lead campaign.