The skyline around the C. J. Sanders Fieldhouse has changed dramatically over the past six months as The Hangar has risen up from the ground. This exciting new athletics centre includes an indoor track, indoor multipurpose field with artificial turf for sports such as soccer, a yoga and aerobics studio, a fitness centre, a sports medicine clinic, and a student lounge.
The Hangar came about as Administration, Director of Athletics Tom Warden, and LUSU saw there was a need for some new facilities for use by the student body and by varsity teams – especially during the long winter months.
Lakehead President Fred Gilbert believes The Hangar will bring many benefits for Lakehead’s students. “This new building provides important additional space and capabilities for our student body (and bodies!),” he says. “The track and indoor playing field are examples of new dimensions to student recreation at Lakehead while the other facilities are enhancements or expansions to existing opportunities. It is important to recognize that it all would not have happened without the commitment of the students themselves to fund the structure.”
Construction began on the approximately 55,000-square-foot facility in early August 2004 and was completed in early February 2005 at a cost of $6 million. Funding for the new building will come from student fees that were agreed upon by a student referendum in 2004.
The multipurpose field provides the best indoor venue in Northwestern Ontario for soccer and serves as a practice facility for Lakehead’s club and varsity teams. The indoor track provides a winter walking and running venue for students as well as a practice and meet venue for varsity teams. The facilities are open to the public for a small fee.
To enquire about Alumni rates, contact the Department of Athletics or visit their website www.thunderwolves.ca