UMHB Crusaders revel in new field house
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The University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton officially unveiled the new Cummins Field House, which added much needed space for the football team.
For senior, and offensive lineman, Rudy Nario, the new state of the art facility is more than what he could have dreamed up when he first visited the university four years ago.
"It was a shocker because I never would have imagined it would have turned into this," Nario said.
It is a major improvement from what they had been used to at the Andersen Field House located just across the way.
"The players it was like going on Christmas day when we led them into the new dressing room," Coach Pete Fredenburg said.
UMHB officials said that in the old field house every season they had to find a way to accommodate an average of 175 players in a space meant for a team of 100.
"Literally guys would have to stand in line to get in line to get to the showers, it was really pretty chaotic," Fredenburg said. "The amazing thing was that the guys never complained, they just did what they had to do."
With the construction of the Cummins Field House, the Andersen Field House is now being used as a training area, with enough space for a conference room.
This project is just part of a larger campus master plan. Currently construction is underway on a new nursing building, stadium and student union.
Work was recently completed on a visual arts center.
"Having this much construction going on is a bit of a challenge for us and our students, but I haven't seen this much excitement on this campus in a long time," Vice President for Campus Planning Edd Martin said.
The stadium is expected to be completed by next year.
Even though Nario will graduate before the stadium is complete, he is excited for future players.
"Being in an atmosphere like this, it's a first class atmosphere," Nario said. "I think that is going to relay to us first class team mentality."