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MSU Denver breaks ground on new $12 million athletic complex

Contact: John Kietzmann, Office 303-556-8141, Cell 605-214-0738
Andy Schlichting, Office 303-556-3431, Cell 303-362-3219

Posted: June 3, 2013

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver officially breaks ground on its state-of-the-art athletic complex with a footprint to include baseball, softball and soccer fields and eight tennis courts. The 12.5 acre complex will be home of six of the Roadrunners’ 15 sports including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis.

In addition to varsity athletics, intramural sports and academic programs, the complex will provide health, sports and recreation opportunities to the surrounding underserved Denver communities and to downtown Denver businesses and residents. A perimeter trail will frame the entire complex, providing a 3/4 mile walking loop for community use as well.

The projected $12 million project will take place in phases with the elements of phases two and three conditional on the funds available for construction. Phase one includes eight tennis courts as well as other site work scheduled for completion in August 2013. Phase two is the baseball and soccer fields and phase three includes the softball field and locker rooms.

Architectural renderings of the proposed facility are available at



WHERE: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – (4 - 4:45 p.m.)

Athletic complex construction event site (intersection of 5th Street and Old Colfax Avenue)

(Event parking available in the Birch lot. For parking and directions visit:

From Colfax Avenue – (turn north onto 7th Street, left at Curtis west, left at 5th Street south)

Event agenda:

Refreshments served (4 – 4:15 p.m.)

Program remarks start (4:15 – 4:45 p.m.)


WHO:     MSU DenverPresident Stephen Jordan, event welcome

               MSU Denver Board of Trustees Chair Rob Cohen, remarks

              MSU Denver Athletics Director Joan McDermott, remarks

              NEWSED President/CEO Veronica Barela, remarks

              Denver City Councilwomen Judy Montero, remarks and leads ground breaking


Davis Design is the architect and Saunders Construction is the developer and general contractor for the project. Through a memorandum of agreement in 2011 with the Auraria Higher Education Center, MSU Denver assumed all campus shared costs for the complex and its facilities, thus retaining full ownership, management oversight and naming rights.             

The complex will be the fourth MSU Denver-owned facility, established as part of the University’s master plan. It follows the opening of the Center for Visual Art in its new location in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, and the Student Success Building and Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center along Auraria Parkway on the Auraria Campus. 


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has 23,000 students and offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.