UA Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony
Akron, Ohio, April 26, 2002 — A new student recreation center, athletic field house and golf practice facility will be one step closer to reality as The University of Akron holds a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m., April 30, on the site of the former Spicer Hall.
The Student Recreation Center, Athletic Field House and Golf Practice Facility will open in 2003. Located at the southeast corner of Carroll and Union Streets, the facility will face the James A. Rhodes Health and Physical Education Building (the JAR).
The Student Recreation Center will include basketball courts, a rock-climbing wall, a recreational pool, a weight room and a four-lane, elevated running track.
The Athletic Field House will be built adjacent to the Student Recreation Center and feature a 100-yard artificial turf field, a 300-meter track and seating for 1,500. The field house also includes a Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center.
The Zips Varsity Indoor Golf Practice Facility will include a putting green bunker, a video player development simulator and a study lounge for student-athletes.
Dr. Luis M. Proenza, president of The University of Akron, Dr. Marlesa A. Roney, vice president for student affairs, Ted Curtis, vice president for capital planning and facilities management, and Mike Thomas, director of athletics, will participate in the ceremony.
The groundbreaking is another milestone in the $200 million New Landscape for Learning campus project that involves the construction of six new buildings, renovation of 14 other structures and the addition of 30 acres of green space.