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 UMD Sports and Health Center Addition On Track

Construction is On Schedule

UMD Sports and Health Center - progress

Feb. 6, 2006. The two-level addition to the UMD Sports and Health Center, which will support the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program and Intercollegiate Athletics is currently under construction. The facility will include fitness and conditioning space, multi-purpose recreational space, and office space for the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program. The complex is scheduled to be completed and open for use in October 2006.

The funding came from several places. $8.7 million came from State support and
$4.3 million came from University funds. Part of the University funding came in April 2002, when UMD students voted to fund one third of the project cost through student fees.

The addition to the Sports and Health Center will allow more students to participate in intramural sports and fitness and weight training for both recreation and varsity athletics. The project will create an important center for recreational sports and outdoor programs, which will benefit the University in recruitment, retention, and quality of life for students, as well as promote the health and wellness of participants.

Increased enrollment, program expansion, and limited space have created the need for the addition. More than 90 percent of UMD's 10,000 students participate in the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, and more than 430 students are involved in varsity athletics. Since 1996, varsity athletics has added women's hockey and women's soccer programs - with more than 130 participants.

The need for the new facility originated with a petition signed by students who were dissatisfied with the problem of access to recreation programs and facilities. Photos: Above: cardio fitness center. Center: recreation space. Below: the climbing wall.

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