SOU Gets Funds to Fix Athletic Complex

3-8 souASHLAND, Ore. – Southern Oregon University is getting a big gift from the state legislature to repair their outdated athletics building.

The Joint Ways and Means Committee approved $21.8 million for seismic upgrades, security improvements, and structural repair on the McNeal Pavilion.

That’s the largest project the legislature has funded this year for the Oregon University System.

Matt Sayre, the university’s athletic director, says he isn’t sure how far the money will go, but hopes there will be leftovers to make functional improvements to benefit students.

“Right now our facilities are pretty limited. We’ve got only two gymnasiums for all of our athletics and for intramural and club sports,” said Sayre. “So hopefully this money, married with the recreation center, will open up more opportunities for students.”

SOU will form a committee to take bids and determine exactly how the money will be spent. Right now there is no timeframe on the project.