SPRINGFIELD -- Wittenberg University leaders broke ground Friday on a $40 million indoor athletic facility that they hope will help with student recruitment and facilitate more connections with the Springfield community.
Among the features of the new 125,000 square-feet complex will be an indoor 100-yard artificial turf surface; a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track; a 7,000-square-foot weight room; a sport performance, strength training and wellness center; technology-enabled classroom space; updated locker rooms; and modern court surfaces for tennis, volleyball and basketball.
“It will impact this community because of the opportunities that will avail themselves to different programming,” Interim President Dick Helton said.
Wittenberg is a major local employer with a total of more than 350 employees and an estimated $70 million economic impact on the Springfield community. But it has also made millions in cuts and is now on its third full-time president in about a decade.
The new complex, along with improvements to the 1929 Field House and the 1982 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center, should help the university grow and retain students, he said.
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