LAKE CHARLES - McNeese State allowed football season ticket holders to view its new Jack V. Doland athletic field house Saturday.

More than 700 fans took part in the tour.

“Today is truly a great day, a day in which the people who have made this happen could come see the fruits of their labor,” athletic director Tommy McClelland said.

“On behalf of McNeese athletics, I want to say thanks for making this happen. It’s a special place. I am humble by the support that we have had to be able to build such a great facility.”

McClelland said the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the field house will take place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 9.

The new field house, which cost more than $8 million, now houses offices for all of the football coaches, equipment manager, conditioning and strength coach and members of the athletic administration as well as the ticket office.

All of the coaches offices have windows that look onto the football field.

There are position meeting rooms along with coaching staff meeting rooms and a meeting room for the full team.

On the second floor of the 32,000-square foot plant is a 4,200-square foot end zone club. It is located in the middle of the second floor behind 138 permanent seats that have been installed in the north end zone for viewing football games.

The Cowboys are scheduled to open preseason camp in their new facility Wednesday.