SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College opened the doors of its new Sugar Grove campus field house on Dec. 6. Student athletes, athletic instructors and community members gathered at the field house that day and were able to participate in the different games and interactive activities.
“Given the nature of the field house, we created a ‘game day’ atmosphere,” Waubonsee Marketing and Communications Manager Stephanie Wennmacher said. “We had our Chief cheerleaders lead off the program, and our student-athlete and coaches built an architectural rendering of the building one piece at a time. We also had a free throw and three-point contests along with a miniature golf hole for students and guests.”
The field house project was part of the original 2020 College Master Plan, which was first developed and announced back in 2001. Voters then voiced their support for the plan by approving the referenda in 2002 and 2003.
The new field house is attached to the existing Erickson Hall building on the north side of the Sugar Grove campus, and provides a number of rooms for athletic activities with a total of 59,279 square feet of space.
On the first level, there are three indoor courts and two with standard athletic flooring and one with artificial turf for soccer, baseball and softball practice. There is also an office suite for athletic staff and coaches, along with an athletic training room that includes exam and taping stations.
The second floor of the field house boasts a three-lane suspended running track, meeting room and classroom, and 2,485-square-foot dance and fitness studio.
The field house is designed to support and benefit a variety of groups and individuals from Waubonsee Community College and the surrounding community. Waubonsee’s intercollegiate and non-credit physical education, intramurals, wellness instruction and general recreation will have classes in the new field house facilities.
Student athletes from Waubonsee’s 13 different teams and cheerleading squad will practice, condition and train in the field house. There will also be a place for students who are looking to hang out on a casual level, featuring games such as ping-pong.
The baseball team will have a regulation-size field where they will be able to practice full-length catch, and the cheerleading squad will have a room tall enough for the squad to practice routines including lifting and throwing.
All of this equates to added benefits that the new facility will provide for the athletes, students and community members.
“Athletes will enjoy having more space to condition with new track and regular training schedule times. They won’t have to rearrange their schedules week to week because of the space constraints that we had in the gym.” Waubonsee Athletic Manager Dave Randall said. “More residents and groups from the community will notice that they are able to book appointments to use rooms in the field house without the schedule being completely booked because of lack of space.