7/12/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University’s Ferguson Field at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex recently added a press box. Ferguson Field is the home for the AU women’s soccer team and the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
The project cost approximately $150,000 with major gifts being received by the Logan Family Foundation, Ben and Kim Ferguson, and AU alumni Dustin and Lorie Ness.
The fundraising committee from AU that assisted in the planning of this project included Athletic Director Bill Goldring; Jud Logan, head men’s and women’s track and field coach; Jason Miller, associate director of major gifts; Rick Ewing, vice president of facilities management and planning; and Ralph Tomassi, senior associate vice president for athletic development/special assistant to the president.
A donor recognition luncheon was held on campus this spring.
“I’m very excited that we can add another piece to this wonderful facility,” Goldring said. “It was the one element that was missing and it certainly expands our opportunities for usage in this area. This continues our efforts to provide first class facilities for all our sports.”
Logan, who has been coaching at Ashland for 20 years now including nine as head track coach, was equally excited.
“When I was given the opportunity to plan the perfect facility, that included the type of track, quality of the throwing area and the perimeter area – the bleachers, lighting and press box,” Logan said. “As things went on, we got the bleachers first and quickly followed with lights. Every coach who came to our facility said if we had a press box it would be everything you could ever want. We finally got that.
“It’s huge for soccer because they needed it so badly,” Logan added. “It’s great for us, even though we use it just one or two times a year because it makes meet management way better. Beyond that, I don’t know that I’ve seen our alumni any more pumped up. They’ve come back and said, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ AU stepped up and delivered the whole package in a very short period of time.”
The press box was operational when AU hosted the GLIAC men’s and women’s track and field championships this spring. The press box has air conditioning and heat and includes room for working media members and Ashland’s game day staff.
Logan is one of five board members with the Logan Family Foundation, which is involved in a wide range of projects in northeastern Ohio. The aim of the foundation, according to Logan, is to “pay forward,” and become involved in a number of charitable pursuits. The Foundation has an annual golf tournament and spearheads projects in numerous communities.
Simonson Construction was the building contractor for the press box.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###