The Eastern Kentucky University Colonel Football team is one of the most storied programs in FCS history, but the facilities did not match that tradition a year ago.
Those facilities took on a major facelift over the past year. The Colonels are not only excited for the upcoming season, but they are also impressed with the renovations and updates to the Moberly Building and additions to Roy Kidd Stadium.
The Moberly Building, the primary facility for the EKU football team, has undergone many improvements that are aimed at the development of the current team and the recruitment of future potential Colonels.
The facility is filled with artifacts and memorabilia detailing the extensive tradition of the EKU Football program.
A new trophy case on the second floor of the building showcases the 1979 and 1982 National Championship trophies, alongside a case displaying EKU’s record 21 OVC Championship trophies.
Exhibiting the tradition of the EKU Colonel Football Program was extremely important to Head Coach Mark Elder, “We have the best tradition in FCS football and walking in the door. Our facilities didn’t match that.”
Elder wanted to reward the players for their hard work, and he believes those new facilities do just that. “They walk into this facility and you see the tradition on the walls and the TVs that are displaying all of those things. They are proud to walk through that.”
The Moberly Building is not just for commemorating EKU’s illustrious past, but also helping to build its future.
The new 12,000 sq. ft. weight room and the second largest nutrition station in the country helps the Colonels train and recover like the other top-flight programs in the FCS.
A year ago, the team would have to trek across campus to have a team meeting in the Combs Building which led to some necessary meetings not taking place. The new 120-seat team room within the Moberly Building allows the team to meet right next door to the stadium, negating the need for any skipped meetings.
Elder is also excited about the new additions to Roy Kidd Stadium for both the fans and his players. “We are going to have one of the premier locker rooms in the country at our level and I am really excited for our players.”
While these renovations will not be ready for this football season, EKU will unveil another piece of construction this season on September 23rd. Through private funding over the last two years, EKU has built a statue honoring their Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd. The statue will overlook the field named after the legendary coach when they host Tennessee Tech. A public viewing of the statue will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by the game at 6:00 p.m.