Yost Center renovation nears completion


Yost Center sparkles in anticipation of upcoming athletic events. Photo by Jon Voth.

by Gina DeFazio

A few projects are still underway, but the nearly $2.8 million Yost Center renovation will be complete by the end of October, according to Hesston College facilities. Athletic Director Chris Nachtigal is looking forward to welcoming visitors.

“It’s going to be a really good experience when people come to the facility,” he said.

Improvements to the building include:

  • The addition of a 3,000 square foot weight room on the southwest side of Yost Center
  • The addition of a new lobby on the northwest side of Yost Center that is a more accessible, welcoming entrance for campus guests
  • A coaches office suite, allowing for collaboration and a more collegial work environment
  • An athletic training room remodel
  • The addition of a multi-purpose team room
  • The main gym renovation, including modern bleachers, flooring and an interior refresh

“The gym is brighter and feels bigger,” Nachtigal said.

It’s a huge difference on how it looks this year to last year.

“I’m excited for it to be done,” Nachtigal said.

The location hasn’t changed. Yost Center is still located right here on campus next to the Campus Activity Center off of College Drive. Yost Center just needed something new.

“It’s a nice upgrade,” Nachtigal said.

Nachtigal says he wants the fan experience to feel one-of-a-kind when they come to our events, from the places they sit to the options they have for concessions.

“We feel we have set ourselves up to create a great atmosphere for fans to engage in our events as well and enjoy them,” Nachtigal said.

Nachtigal said the improvements will have a significant effect on everyone on campus and in the community of Hesston. These spaces will add numerous opportunities for students to gain a better education and also add to the overall athlete experience.

“When you have state of the art spaces for students to learn and compete it sets students up for a great opportunity to be successful,” Nachtigal said.


Yost Center Fast Facts:

When was Yost Center built?
Yost Center broke ground on August 10, 1981 but was built in 1982

Who built Yost Center?
Koehn and Associates of Newton were the general contractors for the project

Why is the gymnasium called Yost Center?
Lyle and Erma Yost, pledged $500,000 toward the building as alumni and long-time supporters of the community and college

What was the cost of Yost Center?
Around $1,125,000

What were the features inside?
A gymnasium, running track, handball/racquetball courts, locker rooms, and offices

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