Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Open Track & Field Facility Posted by Jeremy Anderson Date: August 31, 2020 100 Views Photo Courtesy: CSC Sports Information Chadron State College and its athletic department will host a dedication ceremony for Phase Two of the Sports Complex Initiative, located at the new outdoor track and field facility on the south side of campus, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. The ceremony will honor those who contributed to the initiative and serve as the official grand opening for the track and field team’s new home. It concludes the construction project that began in the fall of 2017 with the renovation and construction of Beebe Stadium. The dedication ceremony will be hosted by Athletic Director Joel R. Smith. Speakers include CSC President Dr. Randy Rhine, Chadron State Foundation Board Chairman Patrick Friesen, Nebraska State College System Chancellor Dr. Paul Turman, NSCS Board Chairman Gary Bieganski, and Head Track and Field Coach Riley Northrup, who is entering his fourth season leading the Eagles. Following the speakers, CSC track and field athletes will commemorate the occasion by running a relay with a symbolic passing of the baton by supporters. Social distancing is required at the ceremony, and visitors to campus should wear face coverings in observance of the CSC Face Covering Policy and public health guidelines. Phase One of the Sports Complex Initiative, consisting of a new football facility, was completed in 2018 and greatly expanded Beebe Stadium while replacing the Elliott Field grass with a modern turf playing surface. Phase Two concludes with a brand new, eight-lane oval 400-meter outdoor track, runways and pits for jumps, a steeplechase water hazard, a grass infield, and a press box. Construction on the track and field facility began in April 2019. The Sports Complex Initiative is part of Next Horizon: The Campaign for Chadron State College that seeks to raise $45 million in state and private support. The campaign is raising funds for capital projects, academic and athletic program support, and scholarship endowments. The following morning at 8 a.m., the college will have a groundbreaking ceremony for the Math Science Center of Innovative Learning.