Reconstruction begins on sports complex

The first phase of the reconstruction of the River Campus sports and recreation complex is set to begin. The accompanying schedule highlights the upcoming changes involving Alumni Gym during the first phase of construction.

River Campus Sports Complex Phase I Renovation Schedule Highlights

Alumni Gym Locker Rooms closed

Alumni Gym closes at 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Doors will be locked
  • Fitness Center moves to Court C
  • Varsity Weight Room moves to Court C
  • Open Weight Room moves to Court C
  • Crew Room moves to storage room of Tennis Court No. 1
  • Racquetball and Squash Courts close

New Temporary Entrance opens on Faculty Road

Fitness and Weight Center reopen

Alumni Gym reopens

All Construction Complete
Specific elements of the reconstruction of Alumni Gym include a new, welcoming two-story entranceway into the sports complex; marked improvements in user and visitor access to all building levels; new locker rooms for men and women; a new fitness center; and new weight-training areas, including a varsity weight room. The squash and racquetball addition also will be constructed during this phase of the project.

The second phase of the sports complex's renovation will involve the Palestra and Field House, with the third phase involving the pool and courts. It's hoped that by carrying out the renovation in phases, disruption to athletics and other facility uses will be kept to a minimum for the thousands of people who regularly use the complex.

Principal supporter of the renovation project is Robert Goergen '60, who has served as an advisor, trustee, and friend to the University over many decades. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees. In recognition of his $5 million gift, the finished complex will be named the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.

Recently other supporters have added to Goergen's gift, giving the project a financial boost. Trustee Larry Bloch and his wife made a $250,000 donation and an anonymous donor also gave $250,000 to support the construction of the squash and racquetball center. In addition, Trustee Graham Smith committed $500,000 toward landscaping around the athletic facilities. The University also has received a $500,000 grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, N.Y., in support of the athletic center. Currently the University is close to having $9 million in hand for this $15 million campaign.

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