Athletics complex to benefit all students
In adopting a five-year strategic plan in November 2006, the University of Indianapolis made a commitment to enhancing the living-and-learning environment for students on campus. true to that goal, we now have a beautifully renovated and expanded student center and a new residence hall— with features that students requested.
While celebrating completion of those facilities in 2009, we laid the groundwork for further improvements that are about to get under way in the northeast corner of campus: a domed student athletics and Recreation Center and a new Wimp Baumgartner Softball Field.
The domed stadium (#1), will be ready for use by the end of the year and will include a six-lane, NCAA-regulation- size track as well as a multipurpose hard surface that can accommodate many different sport layouts (#2). The dome will be located to the east of the baseball field (#3), approximately where the tennis courts once stood. (UIndy’s Tennis Center is located near campus on National Avenue.) A 20,000-square-foot auxiliary building connected to the dome will hold football locker rooms and offices, along with other athletic offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, and training room. The Wimp Baumgartner Softball Field will lie just east of the dome.
Groundbreaking for the Center is scheduled to begin shortly after Commencement in May with construction completed by year’s end. Under the air-supported dome we’ll have 68,000 square feet of new space for intramurals and practice facilities; a new auxiliary building next door will house training rooms, locker rooms, and athletics offices.
The auxiliary building will be located at the northwest end of Key Stadium, and the dome just north of that, with a connector between the two. The new softball field will be created east of the dome, replacing the field we lost to construction of east Residence hall last year.
In the dome, you’ll find a six-lane, NCAA-regulation-size track available to UIndy joggers and runners alike. The football-sized space within the track oval will have a multipurpose hard surface that can accommodate many different sport layouts—from basketball to soccer or volleyball— through use of portable equipment and moveable barriers. in addition, the dome will house a golf practice area, weight room, and offices.
The 20,000-square-foot structure connected to the dome will hold football locker rooms and offices, along with offices for other sports, locker rooms, meeting rooms, and training rooms. While expanding our capacity, this new complex will free space in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center for Student Recreational use and much-needed instructional space.
As we prepare to begin this initiative, we also are excited about the city’s massive Hanna Avenue reconstruction project, just begun in December. (see pages 6 and 7.) Though it is causing headaches for motor traffic and pedestrians alike right now, the wider boulevard and new median—along with landscaping and lighting contributed by UIndy—will be well worth the inconvenience when the project is completed in the summer of 2011, providing a pleasing pathway to campus.
I encourage you to join us for alumni Weekend June 4–6 and get a good look at the “before” picture so that you can fully appreciate all of the changes next year. You won’t be disappointed!