Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The days of cramped quarters are a distant memory for Coastal Carolina University's top athletes and coaches, as the school officially welcomes the addition of an $8.5 million field house.
Construction on the Adkin's Field House completed in early June, bringing with it what some are calling a "breath of fresh air" to the Chanticleers' athletic program.
Looming over the north end of Brooks Stadium, the 50,000 square foot facility will now house the school's coaching staff, locker and meeting rooms, athletic administration offices and an additional 1,600 end-zone seats.
Student-athletes will conduct portions of their training and conditioning inside of a 9,000 square foot weight room, complete with updated exercise equipment.
Coaching offices were previously located in Hampton Hall, a building also occupied by a growing media services department. Remaining athletic staff members not assigned to Hampton Hall have been housed in Arcadia Hall, where some programs will continue to operate.
The effects of the Adkin's Field House, CCU President Dr. David DeCenzo believes, will be multi-faceted.
"It all starts with recruiting top-notch players," he commented. "When they see you have good facilities, it says the institution is committed to the program. You hope it will bring you those few extra players that will make a significant difference."
The added bonus of a new field house has grabbed the attention of not only prospective players, but candidates interviewing for spots on the school's athletic staff.
"When an 18-year-old comes in here, and right now we're interviewing for our defensive line coaching position, they go 'Wow!'" CCU head football coach David Bennett said.
School officials say the project has been on the books since the inception of Coastal Carolina's Division I football program and the construction of Brooks Stadium.
"This is a blessing. We were told when we came here in 2005 it would be built," Bennett explained. "What's happened is the Lord taught us patience. For five years to wait on this thing, it was definitely worth the wait."
Coastal Carolina University, located along University Boulevard and US-501 in Conway, is home to 17 Division I sports teams.