May 17th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Louisiana Tech fans can expect a fairly lengthy wait before seeing construction begin on athletic facilities damaged or destroyed from the EF-3 tornado that hit Ruston April 25, according to Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland Speaking recently at the Tech Advancement Group’s Tech and Tails event at the Bossier Civic Center, McClelland said the goal is to get the rebuild right. “If we try to hurry up to rebuild, then we might not recruit the necessary money to do it the right way,” McClelland said. In addition to killing two people, the tornado did significant damage to Tech’s soccer, tennis, softball and baseball facilities. McClelland didn’t disclose financial numbers for how much damage was done, or what the replacement costs will be, but he did talk about where needed funds will come from. “It’s a combination of what the facility was insured for, what is the gap in terms of the replacement cost — what’s the insurance pays versus the replacement cost — to build back the same facility,” McClelland said. Those three sources may not be only part of the equation as planning continues on rebuilding.  – Jimmy Watson, shreveporttimes – Read More

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