Delaware State University announces plans for facility upgrades

February 5, 2024 / Athletic AdministrationFacilities
Delaware State University recently announced upgrades and replacements for its athletic facilities.

During a recent meeting, school president Tony Allen and athletic director Alecia Shields-Gadson detailed the projects that have been approved. One of the plans involves a new grandstand for the Alumni Stadium and a fieldhouse for the football team.

delaware stateSome projects that are already underway include updating locker rooms for football, women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer while building an athletics welcome house and football meeting space at its downtown Dover campus.

A recent story from detailed the athletic facility upgrades coming to the Delaware State campus. Below is an excerpt from the story.

“Anyone can come to my house and tell me it’s dirty,” said Ewing, a 1983 Delaware State grad who sold a controlling interest in his automotive business and promptly gave $1 million of that to DSU. “But who’s going to come with a mop and a bucket and help me clean it up?”

Ewing’s $1 million donation was the largest in school history and more than doubled the total alumni donation output for all of 2023, a point of emphasis for the school’s president.

“We can no longer be satisfied with doing more with less,” Allen said. “I can be your cheerleader, but alumni, you have to be the soldiers in the field.”

Joining Ewing on the DSU Athletics Transformation Committee will be former Hornet and Washington Commanders receiver Darnerien McCants and former Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, who has firsthand experience with HBCU football as an Alcorn State alum.

The projects underway currently include improved locker rooms for football, women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer, who play their games at Drass Field located at Delaware State’s Downtown Dover campus, as well as an athletics welcome house, a football meeting space and lounge, women’s golf simulator and indoor space renovations at the Downtown campus.

The longer-range projects are the football field house that will house an indoor practice facility and athletic administration offices. The land for that building has already been secured between Alumni Stadium and the women’s softball field.

A new grandstand for Alumni Stadium, which has remained largely unchanged since its opening in 1957, is also on the agenda. Other athletic facilities could be added to the multi-layered plan in the near future.

“We have to have great football and basketball teams and facilities – full stop,” Allen said. “We can’t have parents coming to our campus, coming to our locker rooms, and thinking it’s Dover High School.”

“We have to get better on the field,” Shields-Gadson added. “That takes time and commitment. We are striving to provide our student-athletes with the opportunities to be the best that they can be. We can’t do that if we don’t have the facilities to accommodate that.”

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