Glenville State Cuts the Ribbon on Highly Anticipated Waco Center
The Waco Center began as a simple thought nearly seven years ago.
Now in 2014, the multi-million-dollar facility has been completed.
The Waco Center will be the new home to the Glenville State men's and women's basketball teams, along with the women's volleyball team.
After nearly two years of construction and more than $30 million, the state-of-the-art facility has reached its completion. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant joined the several Glenville State College officials and administrators in cutting the ribbon on the new arena.
The Waco Center will not simply house the basketball and volleyball teams. It's also a 24-hour Medical Center, along with holding classrooms for the Glenville State College School of Natural Resources.
Ike and Sue Morris donated a majority of the funds used to build the Waco Center. Glenville State administrators could not thank the Morris family enough for their ongoing contributions to the school's athletic department.
The Morris family also made it possible to help build the Glenville State baseball and softball facility, coupled with the recent football turf and presidential suites upgrades.
Friday's events were not only massive in the school's future plans, they were crucial. An arena such as the Waco Center creates a new playing field for all schools at the Division-II level. It helps set the bar for years to come.
"The Morris' part of the dream and maybe even started the dream -- of course, the athletic department kind of hitched on to his dream. We've enjoyed the ride and we hope to make him proud and make the community proud. We hope to fill this building up with lots of good activities and hopefully lots of victories," Glenville State Athletic Director Janet Bailey said.
"Peter Barr came to me and said, 'well Ike what can we do.' I said, 'whatever we do Pete, lets make this' -- when everybody leaves Glenville, West Virginia and drives to the Interstate on 79, I want them to say 'wow, can you believe what they did here.' I think we've accomplished that tonight," Waco Oil and Gas Founder Ike Morris said.