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Ashland University Unveils New, Improved Kates Gymnasium

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  Original Published: 1/11/2014

Ashland University has re-opened Kates Gymnasium to the public over the weekend. In 1967, Ashland University first opened the doors of Kates Gymnasium to students and the community. For 46 years, the gym remained a staple in Ashland University's history, but in 2013, it underwent a face-lift in an extensive renovation project to restore and improve the gym facilities. Now, in 2014, the gym is open once again to give players and fans a new experience.

 

Costing nearly $1M, the project has seen tremendous support from everyone, including donors such as boosters for the project, Ashland community leaders, and even from Eagle alumni. The renovations included getting new floors, bleachers with seat backs and VIP-seating, an all-new sound system, a bright, flashy new scoreboard, lighting, and more.

 

"Everybody stepped up to the plate and did a wonderful job," said Bill Goldring, athletic director. "There's so much activity that goes on in the gym, we wanted it to be a great environment for our student athletes, for our fans, and for the Ashland community. I think we've accomplished that without losing the tradition and the flavor of Kates Gymnasium."

 

Al King, assistant athletic director, also expressed his support for the project. "We always had plans, we always had dreams, but it was a matter of getting the money to make it come true, and we're so happy that (the community) could do that. When our athletes came in here and saw it in the summer and the way it was going, they said, 'Wow, this is really neat.'"

Ashland University thanks everyone involved with the renovation of the gym and its facilities.

   
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