Written By: Katie McGann, Oct. 27, 2015

Liberty University has set plans to build a brand-new, state-of- the-art indoor track and field for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

This new indoor track will be located underneath the monogram on top of Liberty Mountain on the recently flattened ground, providing a scenic and iconic location away from heavy traffic flow, allowing for easy-access.

The track will be a massive 130,000-square-foot facility, which will be able to seat around 2000 people whereas the old indoor track could only seat approximately 1,000, and with permanent seating hopefully more people will be tempted to sit around longer.

“It will be laid out much better than the current track,” Senior Associate Athletics Director Mickey Guridy said.

A few of the new features of the indoor track include:

  • concession stands
  • ticket office
  • weight room
  • functional training room
  • meeting space
  • offices for the track and field programs.

Thanks to the new tracks increased square footage, Liberty will now be able to host major track events and host meets with larger schools to compete.

With such a great new facility, Liberty hopes to draw in more division 1 athletes to come and join the University’s track team and lead it to more future championships.

“In the place of the Tolsma Indoor Track, the Cinematic Arts Department will hopefully be able to gain more classroom space and expand its department to meet the growing demand of Cinematic Arts students.” Liberty’s Welcome Center liaison Terry Falwell said.

With the migration to the mountain, there will be an ample amount of parking space to accommodate even the largest events so that people wont have to walk a mile just to watch a race.

Thanks to an increased amount of indoor training space the athletes will now have their own work-out and training facility with all new equipment.

Something fascinating that will  be incorporated into this new track are hydraulics, which will raise and lower the floor according to each event.

Concessions will be present at each event, drawing in hungry crowds and bringing in business, and thanks to a new bus route, there will be a drop-off-pick-up zone to transport people from the main campus to the indoor track.