Mount Mercy University kicks off new era in history with Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex Grand Opening

For over 40 years—through countless victories, national titles and Mustang glory—Mount Mercy University’s outdoor athletes have never had a home field to call their own. Until now.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and community leaders gathered in celebration Saturday, Sept. 30 to kick off a new era in school history with the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex Grand Opening.

The Plaster Athletic Complex provides a permanent home field for baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s soccer—six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett was in attendance, along with Executive Director of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation Dr. Dolly Plaster Clement and Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen.

“This athletic complex will not only be an icon on the Mount Mercy campus, but an attraction for the City of Cedar Rapids and a welcome neighbor to those living in the Mound View and Wellington Heights neighborhoods,” Corbett said at the opening. “We are very grateful for the opportunities Mount Mercy provides for area residents and those that come here from around the country and the world to study at this top-notch university.”

Hamen thanked the community for their support and added, “The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex has changed our campus, our student-athletes, and our neighborhood. We set out to build something great—and through the work, dedication and generosity of so many, we have accomplished it.”

Gratitude was given to individuals and organizations who contributed to fund raising efforts, and Father Tony Adawu offered a special blessing to the complex. The celebration ended with the kick off of MMU women’s soccer against Baker University.

“Thank you all for allowing us to finally have a home field advantage,” said Mount Mercy Director of Athletics Paul Gavin. “Go Mustangs!”

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