North Florida Christian is in the middle of a significant expansion in their athletic facilities. While the building will be called the athletic center, the two-story addition located on the north side of the current football stadium will have multi-purposes.
NFC, with a campus located off of North Merdian Road, is a class 2A school and offers twelve different sports for boys and girls in grades 6 through 12 with middle school to varsity sports in most programs.
NCF has a number of state championships including four in football and three in baseball.
The first floor of the addition will house the main weight room, the middle school locker room, the JV/Varsity sports locker room and a multi-purpose room to be used for cheerleading, wrestling, indoor conditioning, and aerobics.
The second floor will house offices for coaches, a video processing room, and a large banquet room called Legacy Hall. The second floor will also be home to the press box.
The entrance to the center will be covered with a legacy wall and will provide for an exciting entrance to the field on the 50 yard line for the eagle football players on Friday nights.
To accomplish this, the current bleachers will have to be raised.
Bobby Kelly, who graduated from NFC in 1984, described the need for the new facility this way:
NFC had a profound influence on my teenage years and I suspect it has had the same on many other alumni. 30 years ago this year, I played football and graduated from NFC. Both of my sons have been attending NFC since 3K. I have spent a lot of time on campus over the past 10 years or so. In that time, I have often wondered why there hasn’t been more expansion on campus. It is time for NFC to grow. To do so, it will need the support of the Alumni who have benefited from the attributes NFC has to train those future leaders we desperately need today.
The project will be funded by the NFC athletic boosters through various fundraising efforts including the “Buy a Brick for Legacy Wall”.
The purpose of the Legacy Wall is to enhance the overall aesthetics of the facility and to provide the foundation for NFC fundraising endeavors.
The Legacy Wall will be covered with bricks that are sold and customized with a name, short message or business logo. A majority of the money raised by selling the bricks will fund the final phases of the project. An NFC alumnus donated the cost of the wall.
The addition is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2016.