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UK poised to expand cancer care, indoor track and field

Josh James
University of Kentucky campus

Expanding cancer care and constructing a new indoor track and field facility — those are among the capital investments on the horizon for the University of Kentucky.

Central Bank will donate $10 million to UK HealthCare, the largest donation it's ever received, to construct a new outpatient cancer treatment center and advanced ambulatory complex across South Limestone from the Albert B. Chandler Hospital. In accepting the gift last week, UK President Eli Capilouto said no Kentuckian should have the leave the state to receive the highest quality care. Kentucky leads the nation the nation in cancer incidence and mortality.

When it comes to athletics-based projects, the UK Board of Trustees has approved $20 million for the new track and field facility planned for the spring of 2024. The building will feature a high-banked track next to the UK Outdoor Track and the teams' locker rooms in the Shively Sports Center. Another $5 million will go toward renovation of the Nutter Field House for the football team. UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart told LEX-18 the projects are privately funded.

"With the successful football program, what that's allowed us to do is to go to folks are really fans of what Coach Stoops has done, and that's a lot, and say hey, would you be willing to help football move forward and in doing so, you're also going to help Olympians and world champions in track and field as well," Barnhart said.

The $5 million is earmarked for new video boards at Kroger Field, which should be up before football season this year. Renovations at Nutter Field House should be finished by the 20203 season.