Facility projects buzzing on Aggie campus

Lou Henson Court, at the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State campus, has a new floor. (NMSU photo)

LAS CRUCES – There is a lot of dirt being moved around on the New Mexico State campus.

Several facility projects are underway and expected to be completed by the fall. Through capital outlay funds, donor gifts and athletics budget spending, there are $3 million in projects underway for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s soccer, track and field and baseball facilities.

New Mexico State received $1.6 million from the state in capital outlay funding in Fiscal Year 2020 for athletics. Those funds have been used for upgrades in the Pan American Center and the NM State Soccer Complex.

The athletic department is using $1 million for a new video board in the Pan American Center. The current video board was installed in the spring of 2006 prior to the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament, far exceeding its 10-year expected lifespan.

NMSU is working with Daktronics and plans to have the video board installed in time for volleyball season.

Between the video board and the already-installed floor design, which cost $25,000 from the athletics department facilities budget, there were over $1 million in upgrades in the Pan Am.

The women’s soccer team will be able to play games at night with the installation of stadium lights at the Soccer Complex. The school received $570,000 from the FY 20 capital outlay for the project.

The athletics department received $500,000 from capital outlay funds in FY 19, which was used to resurface the current track in hopes of hosting track and field meets for the first time since the spring of 2005.

The current track was poured in the early 1990s.

After a $900,000 gift from longtime donors Mike and Judy Johnson in the summer of 2019, the Aggies’ 4,500-square-foot hitting facility is nearing completion next to Presley Askew Field.

It was the latest gift to the baseball program, which included a $1.4 million donation for Presley Askew Field renovations in 2013.

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