Come Celebrate the Opening of McAlexander!

February 17th, 2011

A few weeks ago my fellow blogger discussed various construction and renovation projects going on here at OSU. Well I am here to tell you about one project that will be completed this week! McAlexander Fieldhouse, which has been going through an extensive renovation, will open its doors tomorrow. An Opening Celebration will take place Friday, February 18th from 7:00pm to 1:00am. There will be live music, free food, games and activities. The renovation of McAlexander included a new indoor turf field, court surface and rock climbing wall!

The field house has served many purposes during its 100 years on campus. It has been used as a military barracks, a horseback riding area, indoor soccer field, and military drilling grounds. This new phase of McAlexander will provide more space for students to be active. The climbing facilities include a repelling wall that is 39 feet high and a bouldering wall 15 feet high. The space will be managed similarly to Dixon Recreation Center.

McAlexander Renovation

Another project ready for use are the intramural fields across from Dixon Recreation Center. The goal of this project was to create new fields and a park-like setting.

The fields have winding pathways accessible by bike and pedestrians, lots of lighting, benches for resting and enjoying the view, and sidewalks to link the location to other parts of campus. New restrooms, drinking fountains and pavilions are also in place. New tennis courts, a track and a basketball court are almost complete, although their courts won’t be surfaced until drier weather. A new sand volleyball court has also been created to the south of Dixon Recreation Center. (It) is ready for use but will not be opened until landscaping around the court is completed.

Both of these facilities provide students with a great opportunity to stay healthy and try new activities! Go check out the new facilities at McAlexander for yourself tomorrow night!


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