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April 20, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - The McCracken Varsity House at Lafayette College's Metzgar Athletic Campus is currently undergoing a $2.5 million transformation that is scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2007 fall seasons.
New locker rooms will be constructed for baseball, field hockey, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball and men's and women's track and field and cross country. Each team will have its own space with lockers and benches, and the locker rooms will be available to the student-athletes year-round. The team locker rooms will have audio-visual capability for breaking down game film and scouting.
"This project will provide a significant facility improvement for our student-athletes" said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "Its undertaking shows our continuing commitment to improving the College's athletic facilities."
The building will also feature a team meeting room while locker rooms for visiting teams, Lafayette coaches and game officials are also slated to be incorporated into the construction.
The outer shell of the building will not change drastically in appearance with the exception of the addition of an 18-foot by 46-foot permanent canopy on the front of the building which will be used for pre-game and post-game gatherings.
The interior will be completely reconfigured for year-round use with new climate control system as part of the renovation. Additional space was recently made available when the Lafayette football team moved its operation to campus where it will occupy the Bourger Varsity Football House within the Fisher Stadium complex.
As in the past, McCracken Varsity House will continue to house an athletic training room, equipment storage, laundry facilities and public rest rooms.
The renovations have been made possible through the generosity of alumni donations as part of a continuing effort to improve Lafayette's athletic facilities. Naming opportunities for several locker rooms remain available.
The project was designed by Clough, Harbour and Associates LLP, of Concord, Mass. Miller and Miller will handle the actual construction.
The building, which houses 11 of Lafayette's 23 sports, was originally constructed and ready for use in 1970, and in October 1973 was named G. Herbert and Helen K. McCracken Varsity House in honor of the former coach, a trustee from 1963 to 1971, and his then-recently deceased wife. McCracken Varsity House last received major renovations in 1976 to accommodate newly established women's athletic teams.