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Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

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.

The 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.

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