It’s being announced as the single largest renovation and construction project in Lambton College’s history.
On Thursday, October 18, athletes, fans, friends, and community supporters of Lambton College gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of the newly constructed, 40,000 sq. ft. Athletics & Fitness Complex.
Designed to accommodate academic programming, varsity athletics, recreational and fitness programs, and intramural leagues, the world-class facility boasts a 15,000 sq. ft. double gymnasium with seating for 1,241 fans. As the newest gymnasium in the Ontario College system, the space also includes two full-sized basketball courts that can be sectioned off for multiple gameplay, and an upper-deck media booth setup for live-game feeds.
On the second level, the facility features a 6,000 sq. ft. fitness centre, outfitted with more than $600,000 of the best cardio and free weight equipment on the market, the majority of which was sourced within Canada. An attached studio was built to allow for both live instructional fitness classes as well as video-on-demand programs.
Other highlights of the space, which took approximately two years to complete, include a new multi-tiered active learning classroom, complete with integrated media and technology, and fully equipped, barrier-free varsity change rooms.
Lambton College President & CEO Judith Morris said the opening was a proud moment for Lambton College and the entire community, stating that the $18.2 million complex was a vital and important part of the student experience.
“This is the new home of your Lambton Lions, and the best venue for recreation and athletics programming in the Ontario college system,” she said to grand applause. “And this is where our students can enjoy a wide range of activities that have a focus on mental and physical health and well-being. There truly is something available for everyone.”
During her address, Morris took a moment to thank past and present members of the College’s Student Administrative Council, who both supported and helped fund the building’s construction. Current and alumni Varsity athletes were also honoured during the event, which included an appearance from basketball legend Leo Rautins, video messages from various sports personalities, and the official unveiling of the new Lambton Lions logo.
For more information on the Athletics & Fitness Complex including varsity and intramural sports, programming opportunities, hours of operation, and bookings, go to lambtoncollege.ca.