Chris Cline Athletic Complex Unveiled

In September 2014, the brand new Chris Cline Athletic Complex was officially named just before the Marshall University game against Rhode Island.

The Parthenon, Marshall University’s student newspaper, wrote a great article on the event:

Chris Cline Athletic Complex unveiled
By Scott Bolger
On September 9, 2014

Many said the dream could never be realized, but with diligence from generous benefactors belonging to the Vision Campaign of Athletics and Big Green Scholarship Foundation, the highly stacked financial odds were defied.

Just mere hours before Marshall University faced off against Rhode Island on Saturday, the brand new athletic complex adjacent to Gate E of the Joan C. Edwards stadium was officially named after its most generous donator, Chris Cline.

Cline is the majority owner of Florida-based company, Foresight Reserves LP. He also studied psychology at Marshall University.

Cline donated $8.5 million to the first major fundraising effort undertaken by Marshall Athletics and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. His original contribution was $5 million, which came via the Cline Family Foundation, establishing new faculty and scientists for the upcoming MU Sports Medicine Institute. Later, another $3.5 million was given to the Vision Campaign.

Cline spoke after a proclamation given by Marshall President Stephen Kopp and the official naming from Athletic director Mike Hamrick. His words really touched on why the facility needed to be built.

“In Florida when I was speaking to recruiters and asking them what makes these players go north, they told me it’s because of the indoor practice facilities.” Cline also addressed the medical aspects of the facility.

“Certainly, you’ve got to have the medical

side along with the educational side to make the rest of it function long-term,” Cline said. “So, I talked to a couple of senators and we all discussed how we would incorporate it all to make it more of a logical chance to make it a long-term process, and truly, make it beneficial to Marshall University, not just football.”

The Chris Cline Athletic Complex is 102,000 square feet and includes a 120-yard practice field for the Thundering Herd football team with an impending track to circle it.

Not only was Cline present for the naming, but Kopp, as well as Marshall hall-of-famers Mike D’Antoni and Chad Pennington also accompanied the mining entrepreneur on stage.

“What a great day to be a son or daughter of Marshall,” Pennington said.

And it certainly was, for the present state of the facility wasn’t the only feature to cheer about.

“Not too many people understand how well rounded this project is,” Pennington said. “This project expects to produce student athletes that will be able to go out and be productive in the work force.”

Along with a track/football field, the facility will be an academic support center, a sports medicine research translation center and a hall of fame atrium. The 300-meter track and 1,400 foot hall of fame atrium are scheduled to be dedicated sometime in October. Scott Bolger can be contacted at bolger@ marshall.edu.

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