The dream became a reality on Oct. 1, 2010, as the USAFA Endowment, on behalf of the United States Air Force Academy and the Association of Graduates, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Holaday Athletic Center.
The project was made possible by a generous lead gift of $5 million from Bart and Lynn Holaday, Class of 1965--the largest gift from a graduate to the Academy in the institution's history.
The Holaday Athletic Center, an indoor athletic training facility, is also unique in that it is the largest privately funded capital project in Academy history.
Construction began in October 2010 and was completed in July 2011. The 92,000 square-foot center houses a regulation-sized field that can accommodate football, lacrosse and soccer, in addition to many other athletic activities.
Cadet athletic development and performance will be enhanced through reduced weather delays, increased practice time and improved replication of game conditions that the facility provides.
"Today is one of the most exciting days in the history of Air Force athletics," said Air Force Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh on the day of ground-breaking. "Air Force athletics is not just our 27 intercollegiate sports, but also encompasses intramurals, physical education classes and cadet physical fitness training. Air Force athletics touches every cadet here at the Academy and because of this generous gift from Bart and Lynn Holaday and others who have given, we will continue to have the very best facilities to provide total team and player development, benefiting all cadets and enhancing the Academy's overall success in intercollegiate and intramural athletics."
Three days after the ground-breaking ceremony, construction began to level the ground north of the Cadet Field House and continued steadily throughout the winter.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Holaday Athletic Center was scheduled for July 22, 2011. The new facility will be ready for intercollegiate teams to practice indoors this fall.