NAU Athletics Enters Feasibility Study with Nations Group for Facility Enhancements

NAU Athletics Enters Feasibility Study with Nations Group for Facility Enhancements

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Lumberjack Athletics to assess facility needs to improve overall experience

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (August 24, 2018) - Northern Arizona University Athletics has entered into a partnership with the Nations Group for a feasibility study in order to assess the needs and potential for upgrades to facilities in athletics.

In looking toward the future, the NAU athletic department is examining facility improvements that would provide greatly improved training, treatment, recovery, meeting and academic space centered on the student-athlete.

"What we know is that our athletic program has fallen behind on the facility front," NAU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow said. "What we will learn from this study is the feasibility of addressing our facility needs in a way that can benefit our student-athletes, the NAU student body, the College of Health and Human Services and our community."

Nations Group is a professional services company that takes a holistic approach to project development and program management. The organization provides comprehensive services for complex facility development projects, from concept to completion.

"I am excited that a feasibility study is being conducted," NAU Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Michael Smith said. "To continue to compete at the highest level, we need to invest in facilities. A high performance center would benefit all 358 student-athletes and provide the training and recovery space we need to continue to pursue conference and national championships."

Past projects Nations Group has completed include the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium and Gossett Football Team House, University of Minnesota's Gophers Athletic Village and the University of Memphis Basketball Training Center.

"I look forward to seeing the results of the feasibility study," NAU women's basketball head coach Loree Payne said. "Such a building would improve our program brand, give all of our programs recruiting advantages and allow us to compete at the highest possible level in the Big Sky Conference."