Centre College, located in Danville, KY, has announced a new initiative for a $50 million expansion of their athletic facilities. The plans include a brand-new 10 lane, 50 meter pool with a movable bulkhead, plus 1 and 3 meter diving boards. The natatorium will also have seating for 700 people. You can see a rendering of the pool below:
Speaking on the project, Centre College President Milton Moreland said “This new facility will allow us to continue attracting talented students from around the nation and across the globe not only to work with our world-class faculty but also to participate in a premier athletic and wellness program with dedicated coaches and staff who teach important leadership skills such as teamwork, resilience and determination.”
$50 million in new construction is a massive bill for an NCAA Division III school, but fundraising is already well underway. According to Centre College’s press release on the project, $38 million has already been raised, thanks in large part to 2 lead gifts.
Here is a list of the new facilities and expansion included in the initiative:
- A 10-lane, 50-meter pool with a moveable bulkhead, an integrated diving well with 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, and seating for 700
- A six-lane, 200-meter indoor track and turf infield with event seating for 800; this area can easily be increased exponentially by using the turf infield and will double as a large space for campus events, such as the annual Commencement ceremony, concerts and debates
- A 6,000-square-foot strength and wellness center
- A nutrition center that includes an educational component
- Hospitality and engagement areas
- Locker rooms and multipurpose event spaces for activities such as yoga
- An enhanced Athletics Hall of Fame
Centre College currently sponsors NCAA DIII men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs, and president Morehead says he believes the new aquatic facility will help expand the rosters of those teams. For the 2021-22 season, Centre has 25 women and 16 men on their swimming & diving rosters. Last season, the men’s and women’s teams both finished 3rd out of 7 teams at the Southern Athletic Association conference championships.
Notably, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) recently announced a new aquatic facility as well. At 10 lanes, the Centre College natatorium will be larger, and it’s set to have the capacity to seat more spectators.