Sacred Heart University to build second recreation center
FAIRFIELD — Apparently one recreation center isn’t enough for Sacred Heart University, which is building a second and naming it after its director of athletics, Bobby Valentine.
The $21.8 million center will be dedicated for the use of the entire student body, while the existing 21-year-old Pitt Center will become the main training ground for the university’s 32 NCAA Division 1 teams and some 855 student athletes.
“I’m so excited to give our teams the training space they need to excel, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle and fun social opportunities for everyone on campus.” said Valentine, a retired major league baseball player.
Designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative, the new 57,400-square foot, three-story center will include an indoor track, a bowling center, an 18-bike spin center, a 45-foot climbing wall, and exercise and weight-training rooms. The anticipated opening is August 2019.
The new complex will include a third-floor juice bar.
William Reidy, vice president for university advancement, said the new facility’s name is appropriate, as Valentine—a Connecticut native and former baseball player and manager — has been instrumental in taking this from an idea on a page to a reality.
The new center will not be “just a place to work out,” according to William Reidy, vice president for University Advancement. “It can also be a social hub for students.”