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University at Buffalo moves ahead with on-campus fieldhouse

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 11:41:07-04

An on-campus fieldhouse at the University at Buffalo will soon become a reality for the school. 

UB announced Friday morning they secured a general contractor and architecture firm for their $18 million, 92,000 square-foot indoor practice facility project. 

LeChase Construction, a Rochester-based contractor, and CHA, a New York-based firm, will work to build the facility just beyond the "north end zone" of UB Stadium on the university's north campus, according to the school. 

A full-size football field, softball hitting tunnels, pole vault pits, and long/triple jump pits will reportedly fill the fieldhouse. 

The school also plans to use it for university events, expanded student recreation programming, and intramurals. 

Funding for the project is coming from philanthropy and football revenue, no state funds are being used for the project. 

Construction is set to begin in October and finish up around spring of 2019. 

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony prior to UB's homecoming football game against Western Michigan.