The University of North Dakota breaks ground this week for the first phase of its $13 million Athletics High Performance Center.

The University of North Dakota breaks ground this week for the first phase of its $13 million Athletics High Performance Center.

The facility in Grand Forks will be between Memorial Stadium to the west and the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center to the east. It will serve as the indoor training center for all athletics programs as well as a competition facility for track and field events.

It includes a 100-yard artificial turf field, a 300-meter, eight-lane track, spectator seating and an academic center with areas for sports medicine, strengthening and conditioning.

The ceremony is at 1:30 p.m., Thursday.