Troy to build north end zone facility


MOBILE, AL (WNSP) — Troy University’s Veterans Memorial Stadium is getting an upgrade.

In a press conference on Thursday, the University announced that it will build a brand new facility at the stadium’s north end zone. According to brochures handed out at the event, it will feature strength and conditioning areas, offices, seating and areas for groups and parties.

“We began to outgrow our facilities,” athletic director Jeremy McClain said. “For the past 15 months, we’ve been laser-focused on this, to try and get this done … we’ve had a sense of urgency. Today is a great step forward for our program.”

The conference was streamed live on the Troy athletics site and Facebook page. Head coach Neal Brown said the main focus of this project is recruiting.

“For us, this north end zone project is critical,” Brown said. “Moral is so important within a program, the better you take care of your guys, the better they are going to play. We want to be in the discussion among the top Group of Five programs and this facility is critical to that.”

The project will cost $24 million and is expected to be finished in time for the Trojans’ 2018 home opener against Boise State.

The 7-1 Trojans, who beat South Alabama 28-21 on Oct. 20, host Appalachian State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both teams are undefeated in Sun Belt conference play.