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SALINA, Kansas – A Salina commission has approved plans to demolish a stadium at Kansas Wesleyan University.
The Salina Heritage Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the demolition of Glenn Martin Stadium at Kansas Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan wants to tear down the grandstand to make way for a new athletic complex.
“It’ll be a 2,000 seat stadium with additional seating on the far side of the field for visiting fans,” said Mike Herman, Kansas Wesleyan Director of Athletics.
The new $7.5 million facility will be able to host a range of sporting events other than football.
“Also be able to play soccer on the main field, it will have an eight lane track as well, so it will be able to accommodate a number of sports, we’ll also have practice facilities here and a full turf complex.”
Herman says one major draw in building a new stadium was to lure the community back to the campus.
Demolition of the current facility begins in October.
Kansas Wesleyan plans to begin construction in January.
The university is hopeful the new athletic facility will be ready for the opening football game on September 6, 2014.