Northwestern approves plans for new sports facilities

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Northwestern approves plans for new sports facilities

Northwestern University announced Saturday that its board of trustees approved plans to build a complex for sports activities worth about 220 million on the Evanston campus.

The on-campus, lakeside complex will include a 2,500-seat multipurpose facility, a diving well, an outdoor practice field for varsity sports, club sports and intramurals, locker rooms, fitness and weight rooms and a 1,200-space parking structure on the north end of campus.

After construction, all of the schools football activities will be consolidated on the main campus. Currently, the Wildcats practice near Ryan Field, where games will continue to be played.

"This new plan will provide greatly enhanced recreational facilities for all of our students, increased parking at the north end of campus and improved key areas for our athletic programs," Northwestern president Morton Schapiro said in a school release. "This will be a
benefit to many members of the Northwestern community."

The timetable for construction is dependent on fundraising, according to the school.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.