Today’s post is a little different. I’m writing about my alma mater, Wright State University. Granted, I’m a new graduate, but I still feel that it’s important for me to be updated on new happenings. For a little preview for those that aren’t familiar with what’s going on: Wright State is looking to roll out a Master Plan to rebuild the university. Three snapshots were made to ensure that short-term and long-term goals could be accomplished.
Wright State is unique, due to the woods that split the academics and the athletics side of the campus up. These are part of an old farmland that now have their uses for the Biology Department. It’s a nice walk through the woods, and you can actually traverse from the education side of things over to where most of the sports are played in about 15 minutes (your results may vary.)
In the Master Plan, there’s many changes coming but for the purpose of this blog I’ll stick with the Athletic side of things. If you follow along with the link I provided, this should be near the back of the slideshow.
In Phase I, which is scheduled to be completed in three to five years, the Athletics Core will try to extend Raider Road all the way to Kauffman Road. If you aren’t familiar with WSU, Raider Road is the road that runs by the Nutter Center (basketball arena), the Setzer Pavilion (practice/office arena for basketball), the softball field, and the parking lot that is used for the Tennis Courts and Nischwitz Stadium (baseball). Raider Road ends at University Boulevard which takes you to State Route 844 or back to the main part of campus. At the intersection, you will see Lot 20 (it’s a long way from the dorms but a lot cheaper to park there) and Alumni Field (soccer) closer to 844. To complete the description, Kauffman is the road that borders Wright State to the north. There are currently three entrances to campus from the road, and two link to Lot 20. The other connection is from Wright State Road, which ends at an angle at University. To do this, the lot will need to be cut in size as the road will need to pass the soccer field.
Along with extending an important road in Phase I, Wright State also wants to fill in some of the pond near the Nutter Center to create more parking spaces, which many basketball fans have brought to attention numerous times. Along with creating a pedestrian spine and landscapes for University and Raider, the recreation fields would move from the Student Union area to behind/next to Alumni Field. Nearby the Athletic core, there would be a Sports Medicine building by Kauffman.
Phase II is a short one for the Athletic side of things, as the relocation of the recreation fields is scheduled to be complete in five to ten years. However, there is another Sports Medicine building (labeled Sports Medicine II) nearby.
In the final Phase, which is scheduled to take ten plus years, the Athletic core is looking to build a “Field House” and an Aquatics Center. Along with adding some fields to the northwest part of Wright State (that’s the corner of Zink and Kauffman, which is where the majority of the on-campus and off-campus apartments are located), there is a plan to add more parking spaces by opening a one-level parking deck north of the Nutter Center, which should be right next to Gate Nine.
In the final slide, there is Student Housing planned on the southwest corner of University and Raider, which is currently an untouched field of grass. The tennis courts are relocated to the north of Alumni Field, which happens in Phase I.
As you can see, there are a lot of improvements being planned. I didn’t touch on any other part but the Athletic core, mainly because this is a sports blog. I could have mentioned that there are plans to replace the Forest Lane apartments, where I spent three years living on campus. There’s also a few parking garages in the works.
All and all, this is a fantastic plan. Granted, no two people are going to agree on one same thing being the best or worst, but it’s a solid plan to keep Wright State with the times. I know when I come back for Alumni functions, I’m going to be surprised on how much the campus has changed.
It’s my alma mater. Hail Wright State, Hail Wright State U. Go Raiders!
Until next time,