Stadium, Student Recreation Center are unveiled at CSU–Pueblo ribbon cuttings next week

Colorado State University-Pueblo, along with representatives from the Greater Pueblo Chamber and the Latino Chamber of Commerce, will conduct two grand opening ceremonies next week, beginning at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26 with a ribbon cutting for the student-funded Student Recreation Center. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium will officially be open for business with a ribbon cutting of its own.

Student Recreation Center
A campus task force in December 2003 identified a Student Recreation Center for general student use as the highest priority long range project in order for the University to more adequately meet the recreation, intramural, and wellness needs of the student. In the past, the gym was only available for open recreational use when it was not scheduled for a for-credit class, an intramural program, a varsity athletic event, or a special community event.

The Student Recreation Center was funded by students for use by students. In spring 2005, the Associated Student Government Senate and subsequently the Board of Governors approved a $10 per credit hour mandatory Student Facility Fee. The fee was implemented in the fall of 2005, and a portion of the revenue generated was used to develop a program plan for construction of the Center. A committee consisting of student, staff, facilities management, and faculty representatives was created to work with a consultant team, which gathered input from student, staff, and faculty focus groups and from an on-line survey delivered via the CSU-Pueblo website. The University broke ground on the facility last July.

The SRC building will feature:

• Cardiovascular and strength & conditioning areas
• An aerobics dance room
• Experiential Learning Center Programs, meeting area and equipment rental space
• A multi-court gymnasium with an elevated 1/9th mile running track
• Locker rooms
• Unisex changing room
• A lounge with café and outdoor seating
• Multi-purpose room
• A health/wellness/nutrition suite, and control desk/reception area.
• The existing racquetball courts and swimming pool areas will receive some renovation as part of the project.

President Joseph Garcia said that he was proud of the students for stepping up to help improve the campus environment by creating additional recreational space.

Student Recreation Center Director Jack Krider said the building would be open for business following the ribbon cutting. For Student Recreation Center hours and information on memberships for faculty/staff and community members, call 549-2067.

Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium
The Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl Stadium is a $13.6 million project funded by donations from Friends of Football. Construction began soon after the athletic expansion (football, wrestling, women’s track and field) was approved by the CSU System Board of Governors in May of 2007. The ThunderWolves will play the inaugural college football contest in the new stadium versus Panhandle State at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6. Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School will be the first actual football game in the facility at 7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 29.

The facility features:
• An artificial Turf Field
• VIP and general seating
• Training Facility
• State-of-the-art weight room
• Locker room
• Nine-lane, all-weather track
• Field House
• Meeting Rooms

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