The University of Waterloo has officially opened its new $16.5 million, 65,000 square foot Field House.
Known as the Columbia Icefield Field House, the new facility includes a large (how many square feet), multi-activity turf area, which can be divided into three to accommodate multiple activities simultaneously.
“Building a positive and supportive student experience starts in the classroom, but doesn’t end there,” says Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor at Waterloo. “This new Field House is much more than additional physical space for athletic activities. It is a new space for all of our students to strengthen their experience on campus through recreational sports, wellness programs and simply coming together as a community.”
The new centre was designed to increase the space available for drop-in and intramural activities, provide increased training space for varsity athletes, and provide more opportunities for community groups to book space on campus for sports camps.
“The well-being of our students is at the forefront at our University and we are thrilled to be able to deliver on this priority through additional recreational space at the Field House,” says Roly Webster, director of Athletics and Recreation. “These spaces and student engagement opportunities create a stronger campus community, contributing to a positive and successful student experience.”
The new facility is the first expansion of an athletics recreation facility at the University of Waterloo, when a third gym and fitness centre were built.