The 50-year-old Mitchell Centre will undergo a $60 million renovation and 120,000 square-foot expansion in the near future. The new construction will provide students, faculty and staff a state-of-the-art facility for recreation, intramurals, fitness and varsity sports. It will also provide a first class venue for University events such as convocations, banquets and conferences.
The new structure will house a three-storey 35,000 square foot fitness centre and a 2500 seat event centre, with a suspended running track, capable of hosting varsity basketball and volleyball as well as numerous large capacity events such as convocation. A climbing wall will be installed within the fitness centre to accommodate recreational climbers and an auxiliary gymnasium will provide ample space for intramurals and recreation activities.
Renovation of the present Mitchell Centre will include an upgrade to the present gymnasium to accommodate recreation and intramurals. It will also provide an elite development and training centre for varsity athletes and community athletes with the potential to be national team athletes. This facility will provide testing, training and injury management services to the University of Guelph and the Guelph community.
The newly expanded facility will include social spaces, concession areas, a merchandise store, new locker rooms and offices for the Department of Athletics staff. This centre will create a hub for health and wellness on campus.
Take a virtual tour of the new Athletic and Recreation Centre.
To support this project, please visit the University of Guelph’s secure donation page and select ‘Athletics Capital Development’ from the drop-down menu.
For more information about the Athletic and Recreation Centre Project, please contact:
519-824-4120 ext. 52923
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