The project is being underwritten completely by funds outside of the NSU Athletic Department budget - either student fees designated for facility improvements or private donations. The total cost of the project, including architectural fees, was about $500,000, said NSU director of athletics Greg Burke.
"The Weyerhaeuser Foundation's support of the NSU softball grandstand project, as well as past support for other projects, is greatly appreciated and helps position the NSU athletic program for success," said Burke.
"We are just beginning to scratch the surface in terms of feeling the impact of this softball project, as evidenced by the venue the new construction provided for the Southland Conference Tournament in May. Competing successfully at the Division I level takes an investment by the local community and Weyerhaeuser has always been there for local causes like this," he said.
Burke expressed great appreciation for the endorsement and support provided by Steve Story, the local Weyerhaeuser plant manager.
Consideration for the Weyerhaeuser Foundation funding projects of this nature includes the fact that NSU is the educational, economic and cultural engine for a 12-parish area surrounding Natchitoches.
Naming opportunities starting at $1,000 to permanently name a chair back are still available by contacting Burke or Adam Jonson, the executive director of the NSU Athletic Association, at 318-357-5251.
In addition to being used for NSU softball practices and competitions - including the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament won by the Lady Demons, propelling them to the NCAA Tournament - the facility is the site of local school, charity and organization-run events.