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KU plans $24.6 million 'Olympic Village'

It appears that Kansas' nonrevenue sports will be joining the football and basketball programs in receiving major facilities upgrades.

A report released Wednesday by the KU athletic department detailed a master plan to build a $24.6 million "Olympic Village" that will be located in the area south of Anschutz Pavilion. The plan includes a new 400-meter track-and-field venue with grandstand seating that would host the Kansas Relays, new practice and competition soccer fields with grandstand seating, and grandstand seating for the softball field.

"We are fundraising for it right now," said Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletic director for external relations. "We've been drawing it up for more than a year. We hope to make it happen as soon as we can."

Marchiony said that all of the funding for the project would come from private donations.

The Olympic Village comes on the heels of the $31 million Anderson Family Football Complex and the $40 million basketball practice facility that will be completed in time for next season.

The plan for the Olympic Village was announced as part of the KU athletic department's self-study. All athletic departments are required by the NCAA to complete a self-study every 10 years.

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