By Blake Haas
NORMAL – A new indoor practice facility could be coming to Illinois State University; however, the school’s Athletic Director says a timeline is not yet set.
The facility, which would compliment Horton Field House, is a priority for new Athletic Director Kyle Brennan.
“I’ll tell you something, if it happens 10-years out or 15-years out or if the question will it happen, then I’m going to be out of a job. I’ve told everyone that’s my priority come in here, and so we’re pushing as hard as we can to get that done. Been having some great success on the fundraising front. (I’m) just working with the university on making sure that we’re following proper procedure.”
In March, the university received a $2 million anonymous donation to kickstart the fundraising effort that would allow for teams like football to practice indoors.
“There’s a lot of you know; I wouldn’t call it red tape, but a lot of processes you have to go through on the university campus to get things done,” Brennan told WJBC’s Scott Miller. “But at the end of the day, we’re out there charging hard; we’re asking for the dollars that we need. We’re going to get this project done come hell or high water.
(I) can’t give you the exact timing because some of that is out of my control because you are working with different partners, and you are working with campus. But, I can tell you that every day that it’s on my mind. And everyday, I’m pushing somebody or something or asking someone to help us with that project. I can promise you that that project is going to get done while I’m here, and it’s going to be fantastic.”
LISTEN: ISU Athletic Director Kyle Brenna spoke with WJBC’s Scott Miller.
ISU Athletic Director Kyle Brennan on plans for an inside football facility. https://t.co/Pzq3G1HsZA
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With a change coming to the President position come Friday, Brennan said he would be working with the new president to ensure the project is completed.
Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.