Kelly Weese // Sports Editor
The week of Jan. 6th, right before spring semester begins, is when the center is expected to re-open. Although the center will be open for use, the pool area will still be under construction until mid-February.
A 14,000 square-foot addition to the south side of the building gives the Chaparral athletics program new locker rooms along with a strength lab and training room. A COD sports display featuring trophies and other Chaparral memorabilia was added to the facility as well.
The renovations don’t only help the athletics but students and the community as well. The student locker rooms have been renovated along with the community fitness lab. The P.E. Center brings College of DuPage facilities up to par with top universities and colleges.
The fitness lab will be available to students and the public on a membership based system. Although a list of membership prices have yet to be released, memberships will consist of quarterly, semi-annual and annual passes.
The school’s basketball teams will conclude their seasons in the new arena that features a new concessions stand and lobby entrance. A new hallway design will also give the center a more effective way to move throughout the building.
The renovation will push the college closer to achieving it’s goals academically and athletically.