Though the grand opening celebration of the $65.5 million A&E Center isn’t until later this month, students and coaches have been enjoying the new facility since heading to campus this fall. Track and field will compete in the 130,000-square-foot field house this winter, but lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, baseball, tennis, softball, and football will use the space for practice. Field hockey is playing its matches in the outdoor stadium with lighted turf field, with seating for 1,000. The women’s tennis team gets to compete on the six new outdoor lighted courts that are part of the complex. And swimmers and divers have gotten a feel for the aquatics pavilion with an eight-lane Olympic-size pool and seating for nearly 1,000 spectators.
With the field house able to accommodate 6,700 people, it will also be the future home of major events such as commencement,concerts, conferences, and speakers.
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