Funding coming for Oshkosh complex’s second phase
Wisconsin-Oshkosh recently reached the halfway point in fundraising for the second phase of renovations of the Oshkosh Sports Complex -- a project that already has resulted in renovation of J.J. Keller Field and various playing surfaces used by the university and local public and private high schools.
The second phase of the project is focusing on such improvements as locker rooms, classrooms and coaching offices, as well as an entrance plaza for the complex and an improved softball field.
Including support totaling $1.5 million from the Oshkosh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the UW-Oshkosh Foundation has raised about half of the $4.3 million cost of the second phase of the project.
“The improvements resulting from this round of renovations will make the complex one of the nation’s finest for multi-sport use, impacting the quality of the educational experience,” said Daryl Sims, the school’s athletics advancement officer.
The complex, which hosted the Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships last spring, is the result of a collaboration between the university, the foundation, the Unified Catholic Schools and the Oshkosh Area School District.
“Over the years, taxpayers are saving millions due to the nationally unique collaboration between the university and public and private high schools and middle schools,” said university Chancellor Richard H. Wells. “The collaboration allows student-athletes to compete in a safe, world-class facility.
“With continued support from donors, we are optimistic that we will reach our goal by late spring, allowing for construction to begin soon thereafter.”
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