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New field house opening space for UW athletes, residents

The $16.5-million dollar project broke ground in January 2018

You may have seen it by now.

Those driving down Columbia Street as of late have seen the giant Waterloo Warriors logo on the front of the University of Waterloo’s brand new field house, situated just north of Warrior Field.

The $16.5-million dollar project features 65,000 square feet of space, highlighted by a 100x50 yard multi-activity turf field.

It opened to the public Tuesday morning during a Grand Opening ceremony.

“This is beautiful from various aspects,” UW President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur told the gathered crowd of athletes, residents and elementary school children.

“Architectually, conceptually, it is wonderful. But it is well beyond what it represents as a physical structure.”

With the year-round availability of indoor turf, student athletes in football, soccer, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, quidditch and more won’t be hampered by blizzards and chilly winter temperatures.

“To put them on the proper surface will definitely help with their development,” says Director of Athletics and Recreation Roly Webster.

He says that also opens up extra gym space for other users to utilize.

Residents will be able to make use of the new addition, available for things like intramural sports, camps, and special events.

It’s just one of many phases planned to expand recreational space on the UW campus.


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