Outside U of G’s New ‘Home’ for Athletes, Alumni, Fans

With its graphite-tone exterior, contemporary design and impressive interior space, the pavilion at Alumni Stadium was envisioned as a facility where champions are made.

In the heart of Gryphon sports action, the structure’s predominantly glass, east-facing wall has an elevated view of Alumni Stadium’s football field and track. The words printed on those windows delineate the building’s raison d’être: “WHERE CHAMPIONS ARE BUILT.”

The campus road leading to the new pavilion has been renamed Lang Way for the facility’s benefactors. Stu Lang, U of G’s former varsity head football coach, and Kim Lang, artistic director of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, provided funding for the new facility through their Angel Gabriel Foundation, which has supported many learning and humanitarian projects at U of G and in the city of Guelph.

Stu Lang, who led the Gryphons to their 2015 Yates Cup victory, envisions the new pavilion as a meeting place for sports enthusiasts and players. He says it will help U of G compete for varsity recruits with schools across North America, and “hopefully help keep top athletes at home.”