Warrior Park groundbreaking starts an exciting new chapter for Indiana Tech athletics
May 4, 2018
An exciting new chapter for Indiana Tech athletics began today as the university broke ground on its Warrior Park athletic complex on the former back nine of Fort Wayne’s Donald Ross Golf Club. The university announced its intention to purchase the golf course in October 2017 and closed on the course on March 19.
The new facilities added during this $15 million project are expected to be ready for use by spring 2019. The facilities will include:
- A softball stadium: The collegiate competition-level stadium will be lighted and have 350 seats, an artificial turf infield and outfield, batting cages and a digital scoreboard. The stadium will be available for Indiana Tech practices, games, collegiate conference tournaments, and Fort Wayne-area high school and other tournaments.
- A track-and-field complex: The 400-meter, eight-lane track will have a natural grass infield, sites for field events such as discus, shot put and hammer throw, and bleacher seating for 350 people. The complex will be able to host Indiana Tech practices and meets, collegiate conference and national meets, and community track and field events.
- A multipurpose athletic building: The 25,000-square-foot building will contain space for wrestling home meets and practices; sports medicine, treatment and training rooms; and men’s and women’s home and visitor locker rooms; two team meeting rooms, and a welcome center for Warrior Park visitors. The building also will contain coaching and administration offices, locker rooms and a laundry and equipment room.
“Not only are we happy to provide top-notch athletic facilities for our student-athletes, we are excited about the additional opportunities this complex could bring,” said Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl W. Einolf. “We could host national championships for track and field and softball, which would be huge for our university and our city.”
Donald Ross Golf Club remains open to the public as a 9-hole course. The course will be used by Warrior golf teams as a practice facility and, potentially, for experiential learning opportunities for students.