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Gilbert: No shortage of projects on the horizon for ECU athletics – 247Sports

There’s no shortage of projects for East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert to tackle these days on the athletics campus in Greenville. Now it’s just a matter of finding the funding to complete them.

“There’s a lot, but it really takes money,” Gilbert said recently on the Hoist The Colours podcast of his wish list for ECU athletics.

At the top of the list for Gilbert and head football coach Mike Houston – along with many Pirate fans – is an indoor practice facility. The need has been discussed for more than a decade now by past Pirate coaches, and the vast majority of FBS programs already have one.

Gilbert said the Pirates have met with architects to draw up renderings of the facility, which he estimates will be in the $16-20 million range currently. The facility will not only be used by football, but will be available for all sports. The ECU AD said it’s clear donors are willing to commit to the project, but raising the final portion of the money could be the difficult task facing the athletic department that’s already struggling financially.

“I think when you look at the project of that magnitude, and I’m just going to use $16 million as the number,” Gilbert said, “the first $10-12 million is not easy to raise, but you can get some momentum early on. It’s that last third that’s really important to get. Again, we need everyone to play a part in that.

“If what you can do financially is to buy a ticket, we need you to buy a ticket. If you can join the Pirate Club, we need you to do that as well. And if you can put your name on a building, we need those types of individuals as well. It really does take a village to get this underway.”

Another longstanding project for ECU athletics is a second weight room for student-athletes to use in addition to the Murphy Center facility. The Pirates currently have 18 sports teams, in addition to cheerleading, using the same weight room. A second space is needed, and the funding has been raised for the project, but the Pirates are short on supplies for the 6-7K square foot supplemental weight room.

“The project, we’re ready to start, and we’ve been ready to start since the summer,” Gilbert said. “It was approved by the board, we hired a contractor, we’re ready to go. But we can’t get steel right now. The last update was we might be able to get steel by this summer. We’re essentially in a holding pattern.”

Gilbert also said one key area the Pirates must address this offseason is the football scoreboard and public address system. Installed in 2010 with the addition of the Boneyard section, the scoreboard has existed for 11 years and replacement parts can no longer be acquired by East Carolina from the manufacturer. As a result, ECU plans to spend roughly $2 million on installing a new scoreboard this offseason to fix the ongoing issues.

“It is expensive, but it’s an amenity you have to have,” Gilbert said. “It’s a non-negotiable item. We’ll make sure by next season that there’s a scoreboard in place that functions at a high level and that we can get parts for.”

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Source: https://247sports.com/college/east-carolina/Article/ECU-Football-Jon-Gilbert-Future-Projects-Indoor-Practice-Facility-Athletics-177059834/

There’s no shortage of projects for East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert to tackle these days on the athletics campus in Greenville. Now it’s just a matter of finding the funding to complete them.

“There’s a lot, but it really takes money,” Gilbert said recently on the Hoist The Colours podcast of his wish list for ECU athletics.

At the top of the list for Gilbert and head football coach Mike Houston – along with many Pirate fans – is an indoor practice facility. The need has been discussed for more than a decade now by past Pirate coaches, and the vast majority of FBS programs already have one.

Gilbert said the Pirates have met with architects …….

There’s no shortage of projects for East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert to tackle these days on the athletics campus in Greenville. Now it’s just a matter of finding the funding to complete them.

“There’s a lot, but it really takes money,” Gilbert said recently on the Hoist The Colours podcast of his wish list for ECU athletics.

At the top of the list for Gilbert and head football coach Mike Houston – along with many Pirate fans – is an indoor practice facility. The need has been discussed for more than a decade now by past Pirate coaches, and the vast majority of FBS programs already have one.

Gilbert said the Pirates have met with architects …….

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