Looming budget cuts force LSU to delay construction on athlete center
BATON ROUGE - LSU announced late Tuesday, it was delaying construction of its new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center.
Construction was set to begin in April on the $12 million facility near the old Box. Funding for the project has already been secured through donations but university officials said with looming budget cuts, it was not the right time to start building.
"Due to proposed state budget cuts to higher education that would significantly impact LSU, the athletic department has decided to delay breaking," LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said.
"We feel that the current climate of austerity surrounding our university compels us to move in a more deliberate manner," he added in a news release.
"The Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center will become a reality, but we will wait until we can gauge how the budget cuts will affect LSU before starting the project."
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