ON: : Eli and Edythe Broad Fieldhouse
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The first occupants of the Eli and Edythe Broad Fieldhouse have finally settled in, and a new era in Hornet athletics is underway on the Sacramento State campus.
Members of the Sacramento State football and track coaching staff have completed their move into the new 26,235 square-foot facility. The new facility houses coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a sports medicine area and a new strength and conditioning room and can be used by all student-athletes.
Video: (Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.
(Marshall Sperbeck, Head Football Coach, Sacramento State:) “This puts us at the top, probably one of the top facilities in the Big Sky Conference.”
(Jim Finnerty, reporting:) Sacramento State’s head football coach is talking about the University’s new Broad Athletic Facility.
(Marshall Sperbeck, Head Football Coach, Sacramento State:) “I think the other thing it does, it just brings a lot of confidence to our kids in a sense of pride and a sense of gosh, we really do have a top flight football program here.”
(Finnerty:) The recently opened facility, adjacent to the university stadium.... not only provides more organized space for the school’s coaching staff, but gives student athletes access to the latest in training equipment.
(Kathleen Raske, Athletics Director, Track and Field, Sacramento State:) “Absolutely, I think it will translate to better performances in terms of just the weight room alone. And just that alone can enhance their training and is going to prepare them to compete at a higher level.”
(Loren Leath, Student Athlete, Sacramento State Basketball Team:)“We have a great facility now. We can say that now. I mean people were excited about working out and that’s the first time I ever heard somebody say they can’t wait to get into the weight room.”
(Finnerty:) The weight room, equipment and sports medicine rooms enhance training opportunities. And these new facilities are just one step in the University’s long-range plans for an expansion of athletic offerings for both team and intramural sports.
(Kathleen Raske, Athletics Director, Track and Field, Sacramento State:) “It certainly makes the athletes feel a little bit more important; a little bit more valued, and it also has a big, big impact on recruiting.”
(Marshall Sperbeck, Head Football Coach, Sacramento State:) “Overall the biggest thing has been from a team morale standpoint from coaches to players to our athletic training staff. It just gives us a sense of confidence in where we’re going.”
(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.
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