The Naval Academy will break ground for a two-story visitor center at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26.
The facility will be located on the south side of Halsey Field House and will replace the academy's 30-year-old visitors booth in a first-floor corner of Ricketts Hall.
The $4.5 million building will include a gift shop and an 80-seat auditorium that will show a film about the life of the midshipmen and the history of the academy. The second floor will contain naval exhibits and an observation deck overlooking the City Dock and the school.
Congress approved a loan to finance the center's construction by CER Inc. of Baltimore. The loan will be repaid through revenues generated by the visitor center itself.
The building is scheduled to be completed by January 1995.