Drake Athletics Adds Personal Touch To Shivers Basketball Practice Facility
DES MOINES, Iowa - Construction on Drake’s Shivers Basketball Practice Facility reached another milestone on Monday, March 31 and members of the athletic department, teams and supporters were able to be a part of the landmark day. With vertical construction nearing completion, those parties signed their names on what will be the final roof support before it is hoisted into place this week.
“It’s really exciting to have the last big piece of steel going up,” said Drake director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “This is a big day and a real mark in history in terms of where we’re heading with our basketball programs. This is a really important step in that process.”
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, the steel placard on the joist was signed by Hatfield Clubb, Drake President David Maxwell, both coaching staffs, student-athletes and supporters that had made a significant contribution to the facility.
“It’s unbelievable what President Maxwell and Sandy Hatfield Clubb have been able to do in a year,” said men’s head coach Ray Giacoletti. “This building was just talked about a year ago and now there’s walls and steel going up on the roof. It’s a great day for Drake basketball and the University in general.”
The visual impact of the soon to be completed exterior structure rising at the corner of Forest Ave. and 25th Street has made a significant impact on both staffs and their respective programs as they anxiously await to move into the facility in the fall.
“It was very significant when we started this project and broke ground,” said women’s head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “Now to be able to see it – it couldn’t be more exciting for the future of these two programs. We’re serious about basketball and what we’re doing here. Now we get to show it.”
In addition to signing the structural steel, those in attendance also got a sneak peek inside the facility and were able to envision the practice courts laid out beneath them while standing on the recently poured floor of what will become the facility’s hospitality suite.
To date, Drake has received extremely generous support from alumni and fans to raise more than $8 million towards the project. There is still time to be part of this historic project; all gifts of $1,000 or more will forever be honored inside the facility. For more information, contact assistant director of athletics for development Frank Pucher (firstname.lastname@example.org).