Regents to vote on new soccer, softball facilities


Marshall Canupp

WKU Softball junior outfielder Brylee Hage (11) makes contact during WKU’s matchup with the Arkansas Razorbacks on March 21, 2022 at the WKU Softball Complex.

Jake Moore, Content Editor

The Board of Regents is set to gather for its second committee meeting of the spring on April 15. Included in the meeting agenda is an action item regarding the construction of new training facilities for WKU’s soccer and softball programs.

According to the agenda, the request is for the construction of a facility including “locker rooms, offices, and an indoor training area for the WKU Athletics Softball and Soccer Programs.” Currently, neither program has access to on-site facilities.

The action item documentation states that “no expenses will be paid from the state budget.” The project will be financed by Hilltopper Athletic Foundation funds as well as fees paid out by the departing members of Conference USA.

Todd Stewart, WKU’s athletic director, has previously expressed his hope to build facilities for the two programs.

“Those programs deserve that, they’ve had success,” Stewart told the Herald in the fall when discussing WKU’s plans for its share of the C-USA exit fees. “I think it will make them be able to operate much more efficiently.”

Neither program has been lacking in on-field performance. WKU Softball hosted and won the 2021 Conference USA Softball Championship and currently sits atop the conference’s east division. WKU Soccer went 5-0-0 to begin the 2021 season, its best start in program history, and finished the campaign with a 10-5-1 record.

The committee meeting will take place on April 15 at 9 a.m. in the Jody Richards Hall Regents Room.

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