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Student Fieldhouse Overview

The Play 4 All Seasons concept includes three projects that will transform Athletics, ESS and Recreational Sports opportunities at UW-La Crosse! A special election will be held on Tuesday, October 14 to determine if this concept will become reality.

The three projects include: 

  1. New Student Fieldhouse
  2. Artificial Turf on current Sports Complex Rec Fields
  3. Mitchell Hall renovation

Estimated cost for all 3 Projects: $29 million
University Contribution: $9 million 
Student Contribution: $20 million

Student Fieldhouse

  • 120,000 sf facility with over 94,000 sf of programmable space; will include a state of the art 8 lane competitive track that will meet the highest standards and be able to host national level track meets
  •  4 court competitive tennis facility that can also be used for a variety of activities
  • Inside the track will be a multi-activity court where students can play numerous activities such as basketball, volleyball, flag football, kickball, dodgeball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer to name a few
  • 3 meeting rooms

Cost Estimate: $26 Million 
University Contribution: $6 Million
Student Contribution: $20 Million

 
Artificial Turf at the Sport Complex Rec Fields

  • Soccer Field for Women’s Soccer, Intramurals, & Sport Clubs
  • Restroom Facility & First Aid Station 
  • Natural Grass Field for Intramurals & Sport Clubs

Seg Fee Funding: $0 
University Contribution: $2 Million
Benefits: Activities can start earlier in the spring and go later in the fall; less cancellations due to inclement weather; additional Sport Club practice flexibility

Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse Renovation

  • Expanded practice facility for Men’s Wrestling 
  • Expand practice facility for Women’s Gymnastics 
  • More physical space to schedule for academics

Project Cost: $1 Million (Preliminary Estimate)Seg Fee Funding: $0 
University Funding: $1 Million

BENEFITS


Play 4 All Seasons Benefits

 

Project Renderings


Student Fieldhouse Voleyball
Student Fieldhouse Basketball
Student Fieldhouse Soccer
Student Fieldhouse Track
Student Fieldhouse Layout

Layout options of inside the fieldhouse


Student Fieldhouse tennis

Artificial Turf on Sport Complex Rec Fields


Sport Complex Artificial Turf

Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse Revovation

Mitchell Hall Renovation

FINANCIAL IMPACT

The total cost of the projects is estimated to be $29 million. The University is contributing $9 million and students are being asked to contribute the additional $20 million. Student Seg Fees would increase using a phased in approach as listed below. The $26 million for the Student Fieldhouse will be funded using a 30 year bond.

Fieldhouse Seg Fee Increase & Project Schedule (PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE)

Seg Fee Increase & Revenue ($66/Semester with Phase-in Plan)

  1. FY16: $10 per Semester/$20 per Year
  2. FY17: $20 per Semester/$40/Year)
  3. FY18: $30 per Semester/$60/Year)
  4. FY19: $66 per Semester/$132 per Year

Student Fieldhouse Project Schedule

  1. April 2015: Architect Selection
  2. October 2016: Design Report
  3. Bid Date: March 2017
  4. Start Construction: June 2017
  5. Completion: Spring 2019
Overall Timeline
  1. Artificial soccer field with restroom facilities for women's soccer, intramural sports & sport clubs at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex: start construction May, 2016; completion October, 2016
  2. Student Fieldhouse: start construction Summer, 2017; completion Fall, 2018 or Spring, 2019
  3. Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse: start in 2018 complete Spring 2019

Frequently asked questions

We just voted to expand the REC, why do we need this building?
At its core, this proposal is designed to transform the recreational and sport opportunities for the entire University community. The projects comprised in this proposal will help solve several issues affecting student life at UWL:

  • The women's gymnastics team is being displaced from their current practice facility in Wittich Hall that is being repurposed for the College of Business.  A proposed renovation in the Mitchell Hall fieldhouse will result in a 15,500 square foot gymnastics practice facility.
  • The UWL student body is an amazingly active group, creating overcrowded facilities.  Over 93% of the student body visits the REC at least once a year, compared to 70% nationally.  A recent survey found that over 90% of visitors to the REC experienced congestion and overcrowding that caused students to alter their workout plans.
  • The current practice facility for wrestling in Mitchell Hall is undersized, resulting in safety concerns for student athletes.  A proposed renovation in the Mitchell Hall fieldhouse will provide wrestling a practice space nearly 3 times larger than the current space.
  • The current track in Mitchell Hall does not meet NCAA standards, preventing the University from hosting home track meets.  The new Student Fieldhouse will house an 8-lane state of the art competitive track.
  • Additional space will allow for dedicated indoor practice time for sport clubs, expanded intramural leagues and increased opportunities for open recreation.

What is the scope of this proposal?
The Student Fieldhouse and Artificial Fields proposal includes:

  • 120,000 square foot multi-user student fieldhouse
  • Artificial soccer field with restroom facilities for women's soccer, intramural sports & sport clubs at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex

How will it be funded?
The Student Fieldhouse and Artificial Fields proposal is a partnership between UWL students and the University. The University has pledged to contribute $9 million ($6 million for the student fieldhouse, $2 million for the artificial soccer field and restroom facilities and $1 million for Mitchell Hall renovations). Students are being asked to contribute $20 million through increased student fees.

How much will this cost students?
Once constructed, the segregated student fees will be $66 per semester.  There is a plan to phase in this fee starting in 2015-16.  The chart below outlines the plan:

Fieldhouse Seg Fee Increase & Project Schedule (PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE)

Seg Fee Increase & Revenue ($66/Semester with Phase-in Plan)

  1. 2015-16: $10 per semester/$20 per year
  2. 2016-17: $20 per semester/$40 per year
  3. 2017-18: $30 per semester/$60 per year
  4. 2018-19: $66 per semester/$132 per year
The $26 million for the Student Fieldhouse will be funded using a 30 year bond.
 

Why would I vote yes if I'm not going to be a student when this opens in 2019?
This is your opportunity to define the importance of recreation and athletics on this campus, much like the students who voted "yes" in 1985 to build the REC even though they would never use it. As stated above, this proposal is designed to transform the recreational and sport opportunities for the entire University community for years to come.

How big will the Student Fieldhouse be?
The new Student Fieldhouse will be approximately 120,000 square feet, slightly larger than the current Recreational Eagle Center.

What sports/activities can we play in this facility? 
The amount and variety of activities that can be played in the Student Fieldhouse or on the turf fields are seemingly endless. Indoor activities include but are not limited to badminton, basketball, baseball, flag football, floor hockey, kickball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Outdoor activities include but are not limited to flag football, kickball, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, and ultimate frisbee.

What is the timeline of the projects?

  1. Artificial soccer field with restroom facilities for women's soccer, intramural sports & sport clubs at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex: start construction May, 2016; completion October, 2016
  2. Student Fieldhouse:  start construction Summer, 2017; completion Fall, 2018 or Spring, 2019
  3. Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse:  start in 2018 complete Spring 2019

Who will get priority to use the space?
The Student Fieldhouse will be a multi-user facility benefitting Academics, Athletics and Recreational Sports. On weekdays, Exercise and Sport Science will use the space until noon; Athletics until 6pm; and Rec Sports until midnight. The facility will be managed by the Rec Sports Department.

Will this increase the opportunity for on campus jobs?
Yes. The Student Fieldhouse will employ students similar to the Recreational Eagle Center.

How will this proposal impact campus recreation?
The new Student Fieldhouse and artificial fields will provide more physical space and expanded times for open recreation, intramural leagues and sport clubs.

How will this help sport clubs?
Sport Clubs will get dedicated practice space between 6-10pm, Monday-Friday as well as weekend times.

Will intramural contests start earlier in the evening?
The additional activity spaces will allow for an increased number of intramural games at the most popular times (between 7-10pm).

Will space be available for open recreation?
Yes. "Rec Sports" time will be from 6pm-midnight Monday-Friday and on most weekends with provisions to increase open recreation opportunities.

Will other groups be able to use these spaces?
Yes. Student organizations and general student users will be able to reserve space, much like current practices today in the Recreational Eagle Center.

Who are the primary users of the Student Fieldhouse?
Exercise and Sport Science 5am-noon; Athletics noon-6pm; Rec Sports 6pm-midnight.

Why do we need turf fields?
The proposed location of the Student Fieldhouse will displace the current soccer complex. Because the soccer field is natural grass, it cannot handle extensive wear and tear, preventing multiple users beyond the women's intercollegiate team (practice and contests) and the men's and women's club teams (limited use). The need to move the soccer facility creates an opportunity to install an artificial surface that can handle constant usage throughout the fall and spring seasons and that will allow for multiple users, including the general student, Athletics, intramurals and sport clubs.

Are student fees being used to construct the artificial fields?
No. University funds are being used to construct both artificial turf projects.

Is REC2.0 and the Student Fieldhouse the same thing?
No. The addition to the REC (REC2.0) will provide a larger strength and fitness center and a multi-activity court, opening Spring, 2017 or Fall, 2017. The Student Fieldhouse will be built on the grass area between the Roger Harring stadium and Emerson Elementary School, across from Mitchell Hall and will enhance facilities, opportunities and programs for multiple user groups: Exercise and Sport Science, Athletics and Recreational Sports.

Why can't we just add on and upgrade Mitchell Hall?
Mitchell Hall is a state funded building and the state will not fund the construction of a fieldhouse addition.

Who will manage this facility?
The Recreational Sports Department will manage the new Student Fieldhouse.