Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will hold a special ceremony dedicating the new Cummins Field House at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 7. Following the ceremony the public is invited to take part in guided tours of the building.
The state-of-the-art facility is adjacent to the Andersen Field House. It is designed to accommodate the current and future needs of the Crusader football program.
"When we first developed the university's football program, we were counting on the Andersen Field House supporting a team of about 100 players and their coaches," said Dr. Randy O'Rear, president of UMHB. "Of course, we had almost twice that many students come out for football in the team's first season, and we have had an average of 175 student athletes on the team ever since."
The new building will provide the team with new locker rooms, a training room, and storage and laundry facilities. The construction of the Cummins Field House also allowed for the expansion of meeting room and fitness facility spaces in the Anderson Field House.
The Cummins Field House takes its name from Chris and Cindy Cummins of College Station, Texas. Cummins was part of one of UMHB's first co-ed classes and graduated in 1975 with a degree in business administration. Today, he serves as the senior vice president of Proppant, an affiliate of Frac Tech Services, which supplies fracturing sands for the petroleum industry. Both Chris and Cindy will be attending the dedication ceremony.