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UofL students to get state of the art recreation center

Michael Mardis Michael Mardis
Kurtis Frizzell Kurtis Frizzell
Sketch of the new Student Activities Center (Source: University of Louisville) Sketch of the new Student Activities Center (Source: University of Louisville)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's been more than 20 years since University of Louisville's current Student Activity Center was built. Construction will soon start on a new multi-million dollar facility which many on campus say is definitely needed. But the project will force students to dig a little deeper in their pockets.

"It's pretty crammed in here," said Matt Nichols, a UofL freshman. "Not a lot of room, got to wait to get weights and stuff like that."

Nichols enjoys working out, but says he's ready to make the transition into a much larger space.

"It's sounds really nice," said Nichols.

Right now the current facility is about 50,000 square feet, the new Student Recreation Center will more than double that, adding in more equipment, more courts, and a healthy option dining service.

"There's going to be things like a brand new turf field for all the club sports that have never had any place to practice before," said Kurtis Frizzell, SGA Student Body President. "There's a indoor running track which is something else we don't have here on campus."

Frizzell says a few years ago, SGA brought the need for a new rec center to the administration's attention. Since then it has been a hands on student initiative to get the plans in place.

"To have something state of the art that students can truly take part in and have had a say in every step of the way from the architectural design to even the student fee," said Frizzell.

As for that student fee, for new students enrolled from fall 2011 on, it will cost $98 per semester.

"Those students will be the ones who are going to be more the beneficiaries, so it made more sense to phase that in with newer students," said Michael Mardis, Dean of Students.

"A good gym membership already costs more than $98 a month, so for a whole semester, that's a good deal," said Cody Jaeger, UofL freshman.

But not every student is convinced, like freshman Brandon Durbin, who is paying for college himself.

"I think it should be more like a membership kind of thing, if you are going to use it, you should join and pay for it yourself," said Durbin. "If you are not going to use it, you shouldn't have to pay for it."

The groundbreaking is expected to take place before the end of the year. The new student recreation center, which will be located on the west side of campus, is scheduled to be complete by fall of 2013.

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