GCCC will open its new football/soccer/track/intramural activity facility in August.

The facility was approved by the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees on April 23. This new collegiate sports facility will bring three Division I sports and one major activity (intramurals) to the main campus.

The new facility will serve as a home for the Broncbusters. However, more importantly, it will serve as a quality venue for athletic practices. GCCC conducts more than 300 practices each year for soccer and football alone. In addition, the facility will serve as a site for students conditioning in the 13 Division I sports provided to students attending GCCC. The close proximity to campus will make athletic practices and attending athletic events much more convenient and accessible for GCCC students.

The facility also will benefit our non-student community members who may choose to enjoy the walking track during available posted hours.

Enhancements to the facility are funded through GCCC general funds and student tuition and fees. One section will have 574 stadium seats, which include a 20-inch-wide molded seat with chair-back. A campaign identified as "Back the Busters" is under way to offset the cost of these comfortable seats. If you, your business or company is interested in contributing to this initiative, please call the GCCC athletic department at 276-9606. Your tax deductible stadium-style seating contribution can be made to "Back the Busters" for $150 per unit.

The scope of the project includes removing the old existing track, removal of existing bleachers and site preparation for the new facility. The new facility will include an eight-lane, collegiate-style, synthetic polyurethane track. GCCC's track and field program, which was discontinued in 2007, is being reinstated to offer more opportunities for students attending GCCC. Recently, coach Ryan Turner was hired to lead the Broncbusters' cross country and track and field program. Assisting coach Turner will be Doug Kelley.

Memorial Stadium has served the college and community well. However, as GCCC expands its program offerings and grows enrollment, on-campus facilities will substantially help with logistics of providing access to students.

See you Aug. 23 for our first home women's soccer game, and on Aug. 24 for our first home football game. Go Busters!