The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex begins to take shape, groundbreaking ceremony to be held Oct. 28

Update: The 4 p.m. Public Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place at 651 19thStreet NE. Parking will be available in Mount Mercy University’s Upper/Lower Andreas Lot with shuttle to the ceremony (shuttle leaves in front of Basile Hall). Please find a map of campus here:

Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce progress is underway at The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex, located at 909 17th Street NE. A public groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m.

Crews have completed much of the groundwork beneath the athletic complex’s surface, and the eastern half of the complex is taking shape. The portion of the CEMAR Trail that runs through the complex is finished. Irrigation, tile drainage, fencing and seeding of the practice soccer field are nearly complete. Concrete footings have been poured for the softball dugouts, and bleacher steps are in.

Construction on the athletic complex began in mid-June and is expected to be completed in August 2017. The complex will be the university’s first-ever outdoor athletic facility and will provide a permanent home for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball — six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams.

Community outreach efforts remain at the forefront of the project, as Mount Mercy’s new JumpStart program will be a partnership between the university and local social service agencies and neighborhood organizations.

“The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex will undoubtedly have an impact on our students and athletes, but the community will also see significant benefits,” said Jack Dahm, Mount Mercy University head baseball coach. “We are working with community partners on the Jump Start program, allowing Mount Mercy to give back to the community through newly developed summer programs and camps and clinics for kids.”

The naming gift for the athletic complex was given by The Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Missouri, whose mission is to promote expanded educational opportunities through named capital projects.

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