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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students on U of L's campus got their first look today at a new Student Recreation Center.
Today was the dedication and ribbon cutting to mark the final construction phase. The center is 128,000 square feet, located on Fourth Street. It's next to Kurz and Minardi Halls.
The $37.5 million building has many attractions, including an exercise and weight facility, six basketball courts, a court for indoor soccer and floor hockey, and even a golf simulator. It also includes the following:
A MAC (Multi-purpose Athletic Court)
3 group fitness and aerobics studios of various sizes, one of which is equipped for spin and TRX training classes
Fitness lab for personal fitness evaluations
3 Racquetball courts, one of which is convertible to squash
Indoor golf simulator featuring 85 courses and putting surface
A Sport Club Room featuring padded and wood floor areas for martial arts practice
An outdoor turf field roughly the size of a football field with grass berm seating
A gaming area featuring Xbox, Wii, Nintendo and PlayStation video stations
A small cafe is included, ZeBi bistro service, featuring wraps, Panini sandwiches, and smoothies etc.
Private donors as well as a $98 per semester student fee , proposed and endorsed by the Student Government Association, made the new facility a reality. It will open to students on Oct. 28.
"There is no better student rec center in the United States of America or the world," says Dr. James Ramsey, U of L's President.
U of L president, Dr. James Ramsey, says the University is known for its athletics and academics, but this new building will continue to help U of L stand out.
"It's far beyond the images I had in my mind back when I was a senior, and three years later it's come to fruition," says Krista Woltermann, a U of L alumni.
Krista Woltermann is the U of L alum behind this idea.
She became inspired while giving tours on campus when she was a student.
"When I took people to the rec center, the reaction I got was not the best. As a student tour guide who is so proud of the university, it didn't seem to fit. This is taking us to the next level. This is the University of Louisville," says Krista Woltermann.
The hope is with all of the new equipment and space at the student recreation center, that students will no longer have to wait in line to work out.
Students say teamwork on campus also made it possible.
"It is a space by the students and for the students, and for this reason we are particularly proud," says Carrie Mattingly, the Student Government Association President.
This will also be the first U of L building to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy.
The center is expected to earn gold certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.