President's ForumWinter 2012

Super exposure for UIndy: New ARC shines in the spotlight

In just two months, the eyes of the nation will be fixed on Indianapolis as it hosts Super Bowl XLVI.

Those eyes also will be focused on UIndy as we open our new Athletics & Recreation Center to the National Football Conference champions for offices and a practice field prior to the game February 5. The 90,000-square-foot dome with its air-supported roof has been getting quite a workout, starting even before its dedication September 1. In August, our incoming freshmen enjoyed group activities on the artificial turf that had just been laid in preparation for the NFC team. And, nearly 2,000 visitors came to campus for a local youth football league jamboree.

To promote community use further, UIndy’s Super Bowl Activities Committee developed a program called “Game Day Training,” available free of charge to local youth leagues, business groups, and community organizations through December. The package includes a two-hour reservation of the dome and its attached support building, H. H. Gregg Athletics Hall. Conference and meeting space is available, and fun activity stations in the dome allow guests to test their punting, passing, and kicking skills against the stats of their NFL heroes. (If your group is interested, call 317-788-3359 or write mdonovan@uindy.edu.)

After the Super Bowl, the turf will be rolled up and taken to Arsenal Technical High School as part of the Host Committee’s near-eastside legacy project. We’ll finish the dome’s interior as planned with a six-lane, NCAA-regulation track and other accommodations for our sports teams and intramurals. I’m really proud of this outreach to the community. Though the turf will be gone, we’ll enjoy the memories of this special year—and the knowledge that we introduced many Central Indiana residents to our campus who never would have dropped by otherwise. I hope that you, too, found an opportu-nity to visit the ARC this fall. As the big game approaches, be sure to watch for UIndy in the news!

Beverley Pitts, President

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