Missouri Baptist University leaders and representatives gathered for the dedication ceremony of Spartan Field and Field House today.
The University broke ground for the facility in September 2014 in conjunction with the MBU’s 50th anniversary and during the inaugural football season. Located on the campus’ west side, the new facility features an artificial turf field with a football complex, which houses coaches’ offices and locker rooms. MBU President Alton Lacey was joined by additional MBU administrators, along with University Trustees, to dedicate the new site with scripture reading, prayer and expressions of gratitude before a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The new complex will be home to MBU’s field sports, including football, soccer, lacrosse and eventually track and field.
MBU announced its intent to launch a football program in March 2013 shortly after hiring Jason Burianek, who previously served as the special teams coordinator at McKendree University. MBU Football made their debut in a game against Southeast Missouri State in Fall 2014, and are soon to complete their second season. The football program is a member of Mid-States Football Association, which is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.