Northeastern State announces Doc Wadley Stadium Sports Medicine Center and Football Locker Room Project
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Northeastern State announces Doc Wadley Stadium Sports Medicine Center and Football Locker Room Project

Published 4/12/18

TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State is set to start a $300,000 renovation to the Doc Wadley Stadium Sports Medicine Center and Football Locker Room, a project that will transform the facility located in west side of the complex.  

Funding for the project is being made through Northeastern State University and earnings from the Wadley Family Endowment for Athletics.

"I appreciate President Turner and his cabinet supporting this important initiative for RiverHawks Athletics,” Director of Athletics Tony Duckworth.  “I know the Wadley family understood the impact their endowment would have on NSU Athletics when it was established in 2005, and earnings from this fund have dramatically elevated the scope of the project.  Gregg Wadley's commitment to Northeastern State University is a great example of philanthropy, and I personally appreciate my relationship with him.  In short, the upcoming Doc Wadley Stadium project will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience and sports medicine care for all of our athletics programs while transforming the infrastructure of the football program."

The Doc Wadley Stadium Sports Medicine Center will nearly double in size, and the renovations will increase the space to approximately 2,000 square feet.  This enhancement will benefit all ten NCAA sports and the RiverHawks spirit programs.

New flooring, several windows, and doors will be added to enhance functionality and visibility throughout the taping station, rehabilitation and treatment areas for improved coverage by the athletic training staff.  Certain aspects of the sports medicine center's rehabilitation equipment, furniture and storage cabinets have not been finalized.  Once programming is complete, the additions will greatly enhance the space.

“The newly renovated athletic training area in the football stadium will provide NSU Sports Medicine with the ability to serve more of our student-athletes at the same time,” said NSU Head Athletic Trainer Tom Lechtenberg.  “This will help with the efficiency of our rehabilitation and treatment plans by equipping our staff with the necessary resources to provide our student-athletes with the highest quality of care.”

The Doc Wadley Stadium Football Locker Room will expand over 500 square feet while adding 110 new custom lockers and flooring.  The locker room will be approximately 3,000 square feet once the renovations are complete.

A centerpiece of the football locker room renovation will be the removal of an existing wall, and adding two walls to expand the locker room on the north side of the existing space. 

“We know that in the MIAA facilities are a major aspect in recruiting and the locker room renovation will assist in keeping up with the conference,” said Head Football Coach Rob Robinson.  “This project will play a major hand in taking steps to that and also greatly enhancing the overall experience and retention for our student-athletes at Northeastern State.”    

The locker room and sports medicine center will also enjoy a new HVAC system, which will significantly improve the air quality in the bowels of the stadium.

"While there are numerous staff members on Jon's Asbill's Capital Projects team that are tremendous assets to every facilities project, Zach Henley is positioning this upgrade to be the most impactful on RiverHawks Athletics since the completion of the NSU Event Center," added Duckworth.  "I greatly appreciate our NSU Football coaches and student-athletes assistance in prepping the stadium interior for the upcoming renovations."

Since 2012, enhancements to Doc Wadley Stadium total more than $1,100,000, which have been funded through various private and public partnerships.  

Other upgrades include, but are not limited to: 

·         State-of-the-art turf installed in 2015 to ensure player safety.

·         High definition video board projects in 2015 and 2017 to improve fan experience.

·         The 2016 re-design and upgrades to the strength training area inside the indoor practice dome.

·         The 2016 Gable Field framing wall pad project.

·         Interior press box renovations and stadium data installation.  

The $300,000 spring/summer 2018 stadium project budget is primarily construction costs.  

An additional $100,000 is needed to properly equip the NSU Sports Medicine Center with state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment, furniture and cabinets for RiverHawks student-athletes.

NSU Athletics is offering various opportunities for naming rights throughout this space. 

There are also additional amenities we would like to add to the football student-athlete experience inside the locker room, which will also require private support.   

Opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

·         Naming rights to the football locker room and sports medicine space.

·         Individual locker naming rights and a variety of other sponsorship opportunities.

To learn more about naming rights and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tony Duckworth ~ Director of Athletics or Scott Pettus ~ Assistant AD for External Operations at 918.444.3901.


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