Major “Climbing Higher” projects on schedule, Lyons says

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WVU Athletics may be at a standstill, but some of its venues are still receiving upgrades as part of the “Climbing Higher” campaign.

“Climbing Higher” was originally announced in 2018 as a $100 million capital campaign for facility renovations across the athletics department, with the majority of funds going to the Milan Puskar Center and the WVU Coliseum Complex. The Cary Gym, which is home to WVU gymnastics, would also get an upgrade, while the WVU golf team would be getting its own facility for the first time since its reintroduction in 2015.

Shane Lyons, WVU’s athletic director, says the renovations to the Milan Puskar Center is still on, as is the upgrade to WVU Coliseum seating. Both projects are still on track to be finished by the start of their respective seasons, but there have been some delays to other areas of the project due to COVID-19.

“The Puskar Center, the video boards, the seating in the Coliseum — we’re continuing to move forward with those projects as expected,” Lyons said. “[We’re] hoping there would not be any delays with any of that, obviously you have manufacturing in different things in different states that are occurring, but the work here on campus right now is moving forward and that’s our hope in continuing to have those…completed on the deadline dates, specifically with football and the lower floor there, would be the locker room and everything by early August.”

He added that while those parts of the campaign are moving forward, he does expect delays with other upgrades.

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