BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- "It's a great day for track at Texas A&M and of course our athletes love it and are appreciative and looking forward to this weekend," said Texas A&M Head Track Coach Pat Henry as the men's and women's track teams worked out at the brand new E.B. Cushing Track Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Having an outdoor track stadium to host meets has been been a dream of head coach Pat Henry when he left LSU to take over at Texas A&M. Budget issues and other hurdles have gotten in the way over the years, but Pat's dream has become a reality - FINALLY.
The nearly 40 million dollar facility has been the team's new home since January, but weather delays has kept the team off its new surface until Monday.
The team won't have long to get use to their brand new outdoor home.
The Reveille track meet will take place on Saturday, but as sprinter Brice Deadmon said this afternoon. Coach Henry knows all about speed and the distances are the same no matter where you run - so going faster is probably all they will have to get us too.
"At the end of the day a track is a track. A 100, 200, 400 meters is all the same where ever you go. We're expecting to jump and run some fast times, but we'll see this upcoming weekend," said sprinter Brice Deadmon.
"I know everybody is so excited. This is absolutely beautiful. Every time we walked past to go to practice everyday we'd see it's getting better and better. They'd be laying down the track and we'd say. I can see the long jump pit. It's just been building up and now that we're finally actually on the track. It's like a dream come true really. I'm so excited I know everybody else is too," added heptathlete Tyra Gittens.
There is only one first time so to commemorate the occasion. Coach Henry had a team picture taken of all the A&M athletes participating in the first ever workout at Cushing.