Fuhrer Field House Groundbreaking
An informal groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday, March 6, outside of Fuhrer Field House. The ceremony marked the start of building renovations scheduled to be completed in May 2014.
On hand for the ceremony were (pictured left to right) Tom Sorenson, a member of Doane’s Board of Trustees; Greg Heier, athletic director; Ed Fye, head track and field coach; Fred Beile, retired legendary Doane track and field coach, who the new arena will be named after; Dan Vokoun, president of Sampson Construction; and Doane’s President Jacque Carter. City of Crete’s Mayor Roger Foster, former legendary Doane football coach Al Papik, and a dozen staff, administration, and construction project officials were also present.
Doane’s President Jacque Carter spoke briefly at the onset of the ceremony, while bulldozers already began their work in Fuhrer’s parking lot. “When I think about athletics at Doane, I think about our success on the scoreboard and our spirit in the stands. It’s in our DNA. Most notably, I also think of our legendary coaches – the late Bob Erickson, Al Papik and Fred Beile. But as much as we celebrate our athletic accomplishments, most important is the connection between athletics and academic success….athletics is not an enrichment. This is a way of life. It’s wonderful to put a shovel in the ground and begin construction and commemorate our past, present and future,” said President Carter.
Among the most notable changes in the 20,694 sq. ft. Fuhrer expansion will be a 200-meter regulation length track. This will give Doane’s preeminent track program the space to match their talent and size. It also opens up opportunities to host conference and regional competitions. Classroom space, remodeled locker rooms, concessions, and storage are among other additions to the space. Information on the full renovations planned as well as photographs of progress are available on the Facilities Services web page.
Ed Fye, head track and field coach, ended the ceremony with these words, “From the beginning, Fred Beile did not want anything named after him. But track and field at Doane, since 34 years ago when I started, has never been about one person. It’s different at Doane. It’s a team sport. Fred started this tradition. Everyone who has gone through our track program are heroes because of Fred. Legends can never be forgotten. That’s what these two [Beile and Papik] men are.”
A formal dedication of the building will be held upon completion.