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MCC events center plans unveiled

Friday, December 10, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Representatives of McCook Community College released floorplans for the new events center that the college plans to break-ground on in April of 2011, during an unveiling event in McCook Thursday evening. The college was granted a parking easement by the McCook Board of Zoning Adjustment during their November meeting and has progressed with plans to relocate the Daughters of the American Revolution Building, presently located at the construction site near the intersection of East M and East Third streets.

The hosting of intramural sports by the 1,500 capacity event center, as well as other student conferences and extra-curricular activities, will be eagerly welcomed by local businesses who will benefit from the influx of area visitors to McCook. The college plans to take it one step farther as well, hosting public service activities at the center, including business and industry conferences and training, concerts and cultural symposiums. Seating capacity for non-sporting events would increase to approximately 2300.

The new events center will also create options for new academic programs, with the possibility for recreation, sports and events management; wellness and athletic training; and nutritional and dietary management programs in the future.

True Hall has an approximate seating capacity for sporting events of 250-300 and has been home to the college's athletic program for more than 70 years. The structure has a court that is four feet too short to meet current collegiate standards as well as several safety issues and an antiquated heating system, according to information released by the college. Plans for the new events center feature a significant increase to court space, separate locker rooms for the different sports teams, an extensive weight room area and administrative and conference space, among other benefits.

The college has a wide array of naming opportunities available for potential donors who wish to support the project. Donors can choose from a broad range of options starting with $250 name engraved bricks, to the $3,200,000 naming of the building. Interested parties should contact the McCook College Foundation via Stephanie R. Gunter at (308) 345-5233, or Dr. Richard Tubbs, Vice-President and CEO of McCook Community College.

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I am glad this is soon to be a reality. I have said this before and hear it often from others...I wish MCC would have more local kids on their athletic teams. We have many All-Conference and All-State kids from our area. If, for example, a girl from Benkleman comes to McCook to play basketball. The probablity is high she will bring her boyfriend along and maybe a couple other friends to attend MCC. This increases enrollment and thus state aid to MCC. Also friends and relation will come to the games. If an out of the area player attends chances are slim of other students tagging along or supporters from out of the area attending games to watch. With locals the area taxpayer also gets some $$$ help because their child is on scholarship. Additionally when MCC is looking to raise money chances are very slim former out of area students or parents make donations. Losing with locals is more attractive than victories with visitors. Furthermore, I have faith that our homegrown athletes could be just as competitive as out of area kids. And when I say locals I include the entire Mid-Plains area. (Recruiting costs would also be reduced if we did not fly to other areas).

-- Posted by dennis on Fri, Dec 10, 2010, at 2:30 PM

I wonder what the requirements for Kelley Park were from the Kelley family when they donated the land. Did the city or the college check to see if the new MCC events center meets with those requirements? If they didn't the relatives of the Kelleys could have a lawsuit for both the city and the college.

-- Posted by DocBonesaw on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 4:05 PM

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