New track facilities to be built on East Bank

U leaders had previously discussed constructing new facilities in St. Paul.

By Erik Newland

The University of Minnesota’s new track and field facilities will be built on the East Bank campus, interim Athletics Director Beth Goetz announced at a Thursday Board of Regents committee meeting.

Previously, University leaders discussed moving the track to the St. Paul campus, which would have displaced parts of Les Bolstad Golf Course.

The project is part of a $190 million athletics facilities plan that was introduced in 2013, $40 million of which will go to the new track and field facility and other projects. The remaining funding will help finance the school’s new athletics village, a complex that is planned to include buildings such as a football indoor practice facility and a basketball development center.

The athletic village will remove the current track facility.

The University hasn’t announced a specific East Bank location for the new track and field facility, said Board of Regents spokesman Brian Steeves.