Ben was an honored guest today at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating Miami’s David & Anita Dauch Indoor Sports Center and Ben Roethlisberger Field.
In October of last year, Ben and Ashley agreed to donate $1 million towards the Indoor Sports Center at Miami University.
The 91,000-square-foot complex that took about a year to construct was funded by $13 million in donations, and it will be used by student-athletes, intramural and club sports teams as well as youth athletic programs for tournaments.
The facility includes a full 120-yard football field with a synthetic playing surface similar to neighboring Yager Stadium. It also has netting for baseball, softball and golf; four 100-yard sprint lanes, a high jump and long jump equipment for track; storage space and an observation deck.
According to the Miami Redhawks site, this new facility “will positively impact all 19 of Miami’s sports programs and allow teams to train year-round”.
There were plenty of photos being snapped and we have several to share, along with some of our favorite tweets from today’s event:
I am so proud to see this building become a reality. Let’s have a good football season! — Ben
(Photo courtesy of Joe Danneman/FOX 19)
David Hodge @PresHodge
Terrific crowd for dedication of indoor. Huge thanks to Dauchs, Harbaugh, Roethlisberger and all who made it possible.
Jackie Patterson @OHHSAPrincipal
Loving the spirit today at the Miami David & Anita Dauch Indoor Sports Center! Roethlisberger and Harbaugh are here!
Future MU football stars: Freshman D tackle Nathon Trawick and #1 LB coming (out of Michigan) Junior B. McMullen II pose with Ben after the ceremony:
Junior B.McMullen ll @_Jmcmullen17
Great time with @_BigBen7 #LoveAndHonor #Steelernation
Joe Danneman @FOX19Jo
Ben Roethlisberger signed autographs and took pictures for a solid hour after the ceremony.
Griff Claypool @GriffClaypool
Ben Roethlisberger, folks! @_BigBen7 @steelers @MiamiRedHawks
Coleman Barnes @ColemanBarnes
Great to have Ben Roethlisberger & John Harbaugh back for the ribbon cutting for the Dauch Indoor Sports Center!
Alexx Zielinski @Alexx_Zielinski
Good time meeting Ben Roethlisberger today at the spring game!
Ashley Nicole @ancrs
Highlight of my day: I got to meet Ben Roethlisberger! #BenRoethlisberger #SteelersNation
And the funniest photo/tweet of the day goes to…
Cole Fryman @Cole_Fryman
Taking selfies with Ben Roethlisberger and @PresHodge. Apparently only Hodge got the memo.
Check back this weekend and we’ll have more from today’s event!