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Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility Opening Announcement

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Inside Vanderbilt’s New Multipurpose Facility

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Nov. 5, 2013

Vanderbilt officially opened up the multipurpose facility wing of its Recreation Center Tuesday morning with a brief media event that included most of the head coaches.

Director of Athletics David Williams thanked donors and many others who helped make the magnificent structure a reality. Women’s tennis coach Geoff Macdonald, representing all the head coaches as the department’s longest tenured coach, echoed his thanks and spoke to the department’s progressive attitude as it pushes for excellence.

With the ceremony, that section of the project is open for use by the campus community as well as the varsity teams during designated periods. The renovations and additions to the Recreation Center will be finished in early January.

Exciting changes for the Student Recreation Center

Artist rendering of the Field House.
Field House opened November 5, 2013

Vanderbilt University broke ground on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 on a new Multipurpose Field House, additions to the Recreation Center and renovation of recreation fields.  The increase in space will greatly enhance the recreation experience for the university’s students, faculty, staff and alumni.  It will help alleviate some of the overcrowding and lack of facilities within the current recreation facilities.

We were recognized in 1990 as one of the top ten Recreation Centers in America by the Athletic Business Magazine.  This recognition has and will continue with our new Vanderbilt additions.

The Field House and Recreation Center additions will increase recreation space by 160,000 square feet.  The total building (new and existing) will then be 299,000 square feet.  The Field House will include a 120 yard turf field surrounded by a 300 meter track.  The facility will be available for varsity teams, intramural sports, club sports and informal recreation.  Recreation Center additions will include over 8000 square feet of fitness room space, seven multi-purpose rooms and four lane bowling alley.  All intramural, sport clubs, and free exercise activities, will increase dramatically.  The hours of operation will expand as well.  This is extremely exciting for the entire Vanderbilt community.

The majority of the addition work is being done around the perimeter of the Recreation Center.  This will allow construction to continue and have minimal impact on the current operation of the Recreation Center.  The entrance to the Recreation Center will move to a temporary location at the front of the center.  Access to the Recreation Center from 25th Ave. side is being planned now.  Squash courts will be unavailable for a short time later during renovations, (new international size courts will be built) but the remainder of the facility will largely be unaffected.

As of Tuesday, September 18, the Rob Roy Purdy fields were closed as construction begins on the new Multi-Purpose facility.  However, the McGugin turf field will be available to be used as an additional playing surface, at certain times.

Please pardon our dust over the next few months as we make these great improvements to YOUR Recreation Center and we enter a new era of recreational services.  We will keep you posted on the progress of each stage with postings on our website; front entry signage and all other Vanderbilt media publications.  Let the work begin.

The Components

This project will enhance the existing Student Recreation Center and build a new multipurpose facility to serve the entire Vanderbilt community. With an estimated square footage of over 299,000, the new complex will more than double the size of the current facility. Components of the project include:

  • Field House
  • 120-yard turf field
  • NCAA-standard indoor track
  • Health Plus wellness suite (center, event space, kitchen)
  • Auxiliary gym
  • Event entrance and lobby with two-story atrium
  • Fitness loft
  • Bowling lanes
  • Lifting and weight room
  • Health Plus fitness room with expanded flooring
  • Long jump center
  • Large multipurpose rooms (2)
  • Small multipurpose rooms (4)
  • Squash courts (2)
  • Additional components may be considered as project funding grows.

The multipurpose facility is slated to open November 5, 2013. The other Recreation Center renovations are slated to be completed by the end of January 2014.