Crews recently began work with bulldozers and other equipment preparing the site located behind the southeast corner of the Chicken Hill Parking lot, near Lane Stadium.
The first phase of the project is a new lighted artificial turf practice field, which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. A new storage building and an open air pavilion are scheduled to be finished by the start of the fall semester.
Along with space for storage and for the band’s drumline to practice, the approximately 4,300-square-foot building will have restrooms and small personal lockers for band members. The 7,500-square-foot pavilion will allow the band to practice during inclement weather.
Currently, the band practices on the infield of the Johnson-Miller Track Complex.
Funding for the project is a partnership, with a significant portion coming from the Department of Athletics.
The Marching Virginians are administered through that college’s School of Performing Arts.
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