HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The Southern Miss Alumni Association is showing its dedication to the campus through the construction of a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility in Spirit Park.
Southern Station will sit in front of the south wing of M.M. Roberts Stadium. This facility will be for future students, current students and alumni to enjoy.
There will be a 34-foot by 24-foot stage with 1,250 square feet of event space behind the stage. It will house climate-controlled restrooms and a 275-square-foot space to use for storage, events and event preparation.
Construction on the facility started last month and is expected to be complete sometime in the Fall of 2020. This project is two years in the making and is the largest one-time investment made by the Southern Miss Alumni Association, and the estimated cost is around $1 million.
“We wanted to develop something that would be utilized by a wide variety of audiences," said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Alumni Association. "You know, it’s important that we use it on game day, we want our fans to have a nice place to go and visit. We want our students to use it, student engagement is very important to us.”
This will also appeal to athletic recruits in town to see the campus, as well as prospective students who are choosing their college.
“Gameday-wise, for us athletically, it’s going to be a huge benefit to the atmosphere we’re trying to create to get people to enjoy their time here,” said USM Athletic Director Jeremy McClain.