Joplin, MO (SNS) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new End Zone facility at Missouri Southern State University will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, outside the building’s main entrance.

The ceremony will include remarks from Dr. Alan Marble, university president; Paula Baker, president of Freeman Health System; and Jared Bruggeman, director of athletics.

The $9 million project was developed through the university’s partnership with Freeman Health System and other donors. Crews from R.E. Smith began construction in the spring of 2014.

Located at the north end of Fred G. Hughes Stadium at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex, the End Zone facility houses locker rooms for multiple sports, an athletic training room, meeting rooms, a Hall of Fame, offices for coaching staff and an alumni event center.

“This state-of-the-art facility was made possible by the generosity of many individuals,” said Bruggeman. “It is one of, if not the best, strength and training facilities in all of Division II, and a wonderful benefit for our student-athletes. We’re excited about the opportunity to show the community this great asset to Missouri Southern.”