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Construction begins on Outdoor Athletic Center

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Date posted: April 14, 2011

MILWAUKEE – On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Wisconsin Lutheran College broke ground for construction of its Outdoor Athletic Center. The structure, which will be located at the college's Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex in Wauwatosa, is scheduled for completion in August 2011.

The Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex, 10200 W. Watertown Plank Road, opened in September 2005. More than 35 schools and groups in the community annually use the complex, which includes Raabe Stadium, Neumann Family Baseball Field, Warrior Softball Field, and Warrior Soccer Field.

The new Outdoor Athletic Center building will include locker rooms for players, officials, and coaches; public restrooms; and training, laundry, and equipment rooms. The facility will be used by student-athletes who compete in football, track and field, baseball, softball, and soccer. A concession stand and restrooms also will be built beneath the existing press box and bleachers.

"The economic uncertainty we've been dealing with in recent years has kept this project on the back burner," said President Daniel Johnson. "However, with our growing enrollment, a desperately overcrowded facility in our Recreation Complex, and the need to better serve our student-athletes, our outdoor venue renters, and all the fans who frequent the facility, we decided the time to begin this project was now. We are funding this project by fundraising aggressively, securing naming rights, and leveraging land assets, while not incurring long-term debt."

The Outdoor Athletic Center was designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee and is being built by Catalyst Construction of Milwaukee. For more information about the project, please visit the Outdoor Athletic Center's FAQ page.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.

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Photo: On April 13, three representatives of the college broke ground for the Outdoor Athletic Center. They are (left to right): Dr. Dennis Miller, vice president of student affairs and head football coach; Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, president; and Dr. John Kolander, provost.