PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) – The College of Pikeville introduced the settlement to buy 220 acres of land, to at some point home all its out of doors athletic services.
“You may’t actually outline the chance it’s going to have for us. In recruiting, simply phrase of mouth individuals calling and the curiosity of individuals saying. ‘That is actually thrilling’ and we’re actually enthusiastic about our college on the whole, however this provides one other layer of pleasure of the place we’re headed and the trajectory of our campus,” stated Kelly Wells, UPIKE’s athletic director.
The property, now often called Bear Mountain, will probably be residence to soccer, soccer, tennis, cross nation, observe and discipline, archery, softball and baseball, along with the UPIKE athletic applications.
The property is on high of a hilltop off Cedar Creek Highway in Pikeville, lower than 2 miles away from campus.
“To have all of that there in a single website will actually be transformational when it comes to the quantity of protection we are able to get. The quantity of assist that will probably be in a single place will simply be off the charts for us,” Wells stated.
Via the years, the college has had partnerships with town, utilizing services all through city, such because the soccer workforce sharing a discipline with Pikeville Excessive College.
“Bear Mountain will give us a chance to vary the entire dynamic of what soccer and baseball and softball, tennis, soccer and all of these appear to be for us,” Wells stated.
Wells says this undertaking is an enormous promoting level for recruitment, and he’s already seeing college students and coaches excited for what this may carry.
“Will probably be a pleasant change from sharing a discipline with Pikeville Excessive College,” stated incoming freshman soccer participant Parker Preece. “I wished to be part of it taking part in on a pleasant model new discipline.”
Preece is happy to see the college investing in bettering athletics.
“I believe it’s actually going to carry a brand new wave to the College of Pikeville, and hopefully we’ll have guys coming from in every single place, and we’ll hopefully win a few championships,” he stated.
Nicely says this isn’t simply going to be a spot for scholar athletes and their households, he’s hoping it’s going to draw the group, in addition to plans that embody room for tailgating, playgrounds and strolling and biking trails.
“We would like that to be the place that folks went to go to. We’re very pleased with the traditions that now we have right here. This will probably be a brand new custom,” Wells stated. “We would like individuals to get used to touring via there using their bikes via there. Which may even be the cruising place, who is aware of? It’s simply nice alternative for us to provide again to a group that all the time offers to us.”
As of now, the college has not introduced a timeline of when the complicated will open.
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