LAS CRUCES – There’s a lot of displaced dirt on the New Mexico state campus.
Several installation projects are underway and should be completed by the fall. Thanks to capital spending, donor donations, and athletics budget spending, there are currently $ 3 million in ongoing projects for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s soccer, track and field, and athletics. baseball facilities.
The state of New Mexico received $ 1.6 million from the state in capital spending funding in fiscal year 2020 for track and field. These funds were used for upgrades to the Pan Am Center and the NM State Soccer Complex.
The sports department is using $ 1 million for a new video board at the Pan Am Center. The current video panel was installed in the spring of 2006, ahead of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament, far exceeding its expected lifespan of 10 years.
NM State is working with Daktronics and plans to install the video card in time for the volleyball season.
Between the video panel and the already installed floor design, which cost $ 25,000 from the sports department’s facilities budget, there have been over $ 1 million in upgrades in the Pan Am.
The women’s soccer team will be able to play matches in the evening thanks to the installation of stadium lights at the Soccer Complex. The school received $ 570,000 of the FY20 capital expenditure for the project.
The sports department received $ 500,000 from Capitol Hill spending funds in FY19, which was used to resurface the current track in hopes of hosting some athletic meets for the first times since spring 2005.
The current runway was sunk in the early 1990s.
Following a $ 900,000 donation from longtime donors Mike and Judy Johnson in the summer of 2019, the Aggies 4,500 hitting center is nearing its end near Presley Askew Field.
It was the last giveaway to the baseball program, which included a donation of $ 1.4 million for Presley Askew field renovations in 2013.