Lopes Rising: Grand Canyon to complete construction of 10 athletic facilities in next 2 years

Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 22:03:48-04

From landing a high-profile men's basketball coach like Dan Majerle to a five-year sponsorship deal with Nike, Grand Canyon University has been making moves to become a major NCAA contender.

The next phase in that plan is as ambitious as it gets.

As part of its overall transition to NCAA Division I athletics, GCU announced Tuesday that it will complete the construction or renovation of 10 new athletic facilities within the next two years.

The first of those ten projects to open will be GCU Stadium, a state-of-the-art soccer facility that will open Friday, Aug. 26 when the men's soccer team hosts Central Florida in its season opener.

Among the other facilities in the works are new baseball, softball and beach volleyball stadiums, a basketball practice facility and student-athlete development center.

GCU also announced the expansion of the Lopes Performance Center, which will be renovated to include additional areas for sports medicine, including hydrotherapy, weight room training areas, cardio and rehabilitation areas, and a Gatorade Fueling Station. That expansion is scheduled for completion in May.

Click here for more details on each facility. 

These facilities will complement GCU Arena, a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat basketball arena that opened in 2011. Under Majerle, the GCU men's basketball team made the jump to the NCAA Division I level in 2013.