"Dunk Tank Challenge" As RecPlex Reopens, Sept. 2
On Friday, September 2 at 3 p.m., a grand opening ceremony celebrating the completion of the RecPlex will be held at the entrance of the new facility. The event will kick off with the Friends of Athletics' inaugural Dunk Tank Challenge. Varsity coaches representing women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer and many more will face an icy dunk tank in support of Fairfield Athletics.
The official opening ceremony will introduce the new 40,000 square foot, three-level, state-of-the art facility. At the opening, the University community will be treated to an official door busting, golden ticket challenge, and refreshments. Beginning at 5 p.m., Fairfield Fit will offer 3 classes to the University community: Strong by Zumba, Spin and Zumba.
The new and renovated RecPlex includes a spacious and light-filled entryway, modern seating areas, strength training suites with all the latest equipment and upgraded Birkenstock Field House with interchangeable basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Additionally, there cardio training suites, an elevated indoor track, racquetball court, improved infrastructure on the twenty-five-meter pool, renovated locker rooms and new group fitness areas for yoga, spin, pilates, Stag Barre and Strength and more.
“Recplex members can look forward to working out on brand new cardio equipment and selectorized (strength building) machines, in addition to an increase in group training (Fairfield FIT) classes throughout the day,” said Karen Donoghue, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of Students, who has been a part of the Recplex renovation planning.
Funding for the RecPlex project comes predominantly from alumni, parents and friends of the institution.
A challenge gift of $10 million from University Trustee John C. Meditz '70, $5 million from an anonymous donor and another $1 million from Mark Beckwith '80 and family, and several additional gifts, helped to jump-start the RecPlex renovation. To thank and acknowledge supporters of the RecPlex transformation, Fairfield is pleased to offer several naming opportunities. Learn more about how you can make a mark on the RecPlex.
Don't miss the Blessing of the RecPlex during Alumni & Family Weekend Oct 22.