UMO to Hold Ground Breaking Event for $2 Million Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex

UMO to Hold Ground Breaking Event for
$2 Million Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive is set to break ground on Phase 1 of its new Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex on Tuesday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m.  The event will take place at the practice lacrosse fields, located off James Hunt Drive, across from Grantham Residence Hall.

Phase 1 of the Complex is estimated to cost $2 million.  It will include an eight-lane, synthetic surface, 400 meter track built with an artificial surface field inside the track, and areas for throws and jumps.  The complex will serve as a hub for both the University and the region.

According to Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jimmy Williams, the new Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex will have a significant economic impact on Eastern North Carolina.

“The Complex will increase the number of out of town guests to the region,” he said. “Hotels, restaurants and other service providers in the community will benefit from visitors to the track complex.  In addition, the Complex will meet the vital needs of the University’s athletic programs and provide a sports venue for charitable organizations such as Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and for sports clinics and summer camps. The track and lacrosse complex will also promote wellness throughout the region by providing another venue for exercise and training.”

Vice President for Athletics Jeff Eisen is excited about what the Complex will mean for the ever- expanding athletics program at the University of Mount Olive.

“The Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex will be a great boon to our athletics program,” said Eisen.  “Our track and lacrosse teams have had great success, and the addition of an on-campus track and artificial turf field will only enhance those teams.  It will also be of great benefit to our other teams, as well as the campus community and local residents.”

Construction is set to begin immediately following the Tuesday ground breaking ceremony, with completion projected for fall of 2016, in time for the fall sports seasons.

Jimmy Hite of Hite Associates out of Greenville is the architect on the project and Travis Credle with Advantage Sports Surfaces out of Morehead City is the contractor.

The public is invited to attend this celebratory milestone in the life of the University of Mount Olive.  For more information, contact Jimmy Williams at or Jeff Eisen at

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