PULLMAN — A $61 million football only operations facility in Martin Stadium’s west end zone was approved as expected by Washington State University’s board of regents Friday morning.
Construction crews will break ground on the fourth phase of a near decade-long series of renovations to the smallest stadium in the Pac-12 the Monday following the Apple Cup Friday.
“This is a game-changing vote and I applaud the regents for understanding its impact on the future of Washington State athletics,” said director of athletics Bill Moos.
The building’s exterior is scheduled for completion by the beginning of the 2013 regular season. The facility will push Martin Stadium’s scoreboard to the east end zone and knock out 2,000 seats on the west side. It will include a state-of-the-art weight room, football locker room and offices for Mike Leach and his staff. Moos said the inside of the facility will be completed by June 2014.
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Wilson investigation continues
The WSU athletic department and the Pac-12 Conference have yet to yield any findings about their separate investigations into former wide receiver Marquess Wilson’s allegations of physical and verbal abuse. Moos said last weekend he expected WSU to conclude their look at the allegations before Saturday’s match-up with Arizona State at noon in Tempe, AZ. (Pac-12 Networks).