ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington will open Phase II of the
Maverick Activities Center (MAC) in a Grand Opening celebration at 3
p.m. Friday, March 28.
The celebration will include a grand tour
of Phase II, which includes an indoor soccer court, racquetball courts,
16 lap indoor track, badminton, video gaming area, two outdoor sand
volleyball courts, two outdoor basketball courts, multi-purpose rooms
and a climbing wall (coming Summer 2008).
In addition to remarks
by UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Student Affairs Vice
President Dr. Frank Lamas and Assistant Vice President for Student
Affairs Doug Kuykendall, there will also be campus recreation
professionals from around the country joining in on the celebration.
ceremony is open to the University community and will take place
outside the MAC on the new outdoor basketball courts, 500 W. Nedderman
Drive. Students, faculty and staff will be able to enjoy cake,
refreshments, give-a-ways and additional tours.
With Phase II
complete, the MAC boasts approximately 190,000 square feet. It includes
a 20,000 square-foot weight and fitness room (with more than 80 pieces
of cardio equipment, three circuit training units and a free weight
area); four multipurpose rooms to accommodate yoga, martial arts,
aerobics and more; five indoor basketball courts; eight volleyball
courts; indoor soccer gymnasium; two indoor tracks; six racquetball
courts; 10 badminton courts; a gaming area; a ‘social corridor’ with
group seating, activity viewing and more; an internet café (wired and
wireless connection) with a juice bar; men's and women's health
club-style locker rooms; Wellness Resource Center conference rooms;
membership services; convenient parking and much more.Phase I of the
MAC opened in September 2007.
The $34.5 million MAC is part of
President Spaniolo’s Student Life Initiative. As such, it was funded
with bond proceeds, which will be repaid over 30 years with funds from
the campus recreation fee. In 2005, students passed a referendum to
increase this fee to fund the improvements. That fee will start being
paid once the center opens. Beyond that, memberships will continue to
be available to alumni, faculty, staff and the community.
For more information, visit www.uta.edu/mac.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.