New athletics centre to open in September

The new Athletics Centre at the University of Guelph.The new $45-million Guelph Gyphons Athletics Centre is scheduled to be almost complete by the start of the fall term in September. The renovation is part of a larger project that includes renovating the existing W.F. Mitchell Centre to accommodate recreational and intramural programs.

The new structure will house a two-storey, 24,000 square-foot fitness centre and a 2,200-seat event centre, which includes a suspended running track and will host varsity basketball and volleyball, as well as large capacity events such as convocation. The facility will also include a combative room to house the Gryphon wrestling team and martial arts classes, as well as a climbing wall.

The cardio and weight room areas are almost complete and fitness equipment will be installed in August. There will be six new fitness studios and three change rooms (men’s, women’s and universal), which will be open by September.

The new gymnasium, also known as the event centre, is scheduled to open Thanksgiving weekend. In the meantime, the current gym will still be available for sports and varsity practices.

The event centre includes 362 stadium seats at mid-court. The “comfort” seats are part of a Name-a-Seat promotion — for a $1,000 gift, a name of the donor’s choosing will be recognized on a seat plate. Funds raised will go towards the new facility. For more information, visit