Officials with Marquette University announced Friday their plans to build a seasonal dome over a portion of its Valley Fields facility. The $3.6 million project will begin immediately and is expected to finish in January.
The dome will enclose the synthetic turf field next to the stadium. It will provide practice and training space for intercollegiate athletes, as well as students involved club and intramural sports.
The structure is in part being built to immediately fulfill some space needs while work continues on a $120 million planned athletic performance and research center.
“As we continue to plan for our athletic performance research center, it was important that we take a more immediate step in meeting the demand of our increasingly active student body,” Bill Scholl, vice president and director of athletics at Marquette, said in a statement.
The dome will remain up about five months over the winter and early spring each year.