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Rendering of the Athletic and Recreation Complex

Athletic and Recreation Complex Project

A transformational renovation and addition that will support Wildcat Athletics as well as student recreation, student wellness programs, and community and regional use.

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The $30 million Athletic and Recreation Complex Rejuvenation and Addition is a transformational, multi-phased construction project that will be incredibly impactful on Wayne State’s intercollegiate athletics, student recreation, student-wide wellness programs, and overall community and regional use. The project will include a new air-supported structure with an indoor track and turf field and renovations to Rice Auditorium, the Rec Center, and the current Kirk Gardner Indoor Athletic Complex.

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Project overview

The athletic project's historic improvements will be critical in our ability to continue to recruit and retain students by providing an exceptional overall student engagement experience. The Wayne State Foundation has begun raising funds towards the $5.5 million of fundraised dollars needed to complete the project. Phase 1 is set to break ground in Spring/Summer 2023.

Air-Supported Structure and Auxiliary Link (addition)

New 97,000-square-foot Air-Supported Structure with 300m synthetic track, two pole vault boxes, two jumping pits, and two throw circles with safety cages. The infield of the track will have a multi-functional artificial turf with a perimeter protective netting system and four baseball/softball/golf hitting cages. An auxiliary link and structure will provide the primary means for access to the air-supported structure, and its connection to the recreation center will house two newly constructed locker rooms for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.

Wildcat Alley (addition)

A new 17,000-square-foot addition filling in unoccupied, open-air alley space between the Recreation Center and Rice Auditorium. This will lead into an expanded lobby space for pre-event waiting, social gathering, and studying space for students on the second level with a new student weight room on the lower level along with additional office and storage space. A new hydraulic elevator will be installed to provide ADA accessibility and access to Wildcat Alley and Rice Auditorium seating.

Recreation Center (renovation)

The current 58,000-square-foot Recreation Center was constructed in 1987, houses a 160-meter indoor track and multi-surface courts along with racquetball courts, cardio equipment, student weight room, and offices. The planned renovations will include a new synthetic flooring system, which will increase the number of courts from three to four; the 160m track will be converted into a two- or three-lane walking/jogging track adding cardio space, group exercise rooms with equipment, and a netting system. The racquetball courses will be converted into general student locker rooms with lockers, showers, and restrooms. The second level will be converted into additional offices and/or classroom space.

Rice Auditorium (renovation)

Rice Auditorium is a 58,000-square-foot facility constructed in 1958 that houses the gymnasium/auditorium, wood basketball/volleyball court, classrooms, offices, and various physical education support areas. Renovations to this area will include building new men’s and women’s restrooms, creating larger concessions area, and expanding ticketing areas to enhance the fan experience. 

Kirk Gardner Indoor Athletic Complex (renovation)

The Kirk Gardner Indoor Athletic Complex is a 30,000-square-foot multi-use athletic and recreation space with artificial turf, a protective netting system, storage, and offices. We will replace the turf with a basketball/volleyball wood floor with wall-hung baskets and volley post inserts to serve as an auxiliary/practice gym for student-athletes, general student use, and collaborative community use. 


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"This transformational, multi-phased facility construction and renovation project will be incredibly impactful on Wayne State's intercollegiate athletics, recreation, and student-wide wellness programs. These are historic improvements that will be critical in our ability to continue to recruit and retain phenomenal students by providing an exceptional overall student engagement experience."


Mike Powicki

WSC Athletic Director


Wayne State Foundation and Alumni Office

The Wayne State Foundation and Alumni Office works with the college in its mission of student development, regional service, and keeping alumni connected.

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Wayne State Foundation
Hahn Administration 312

Alumni Relations
Hahn Administration 316

Wayne State Foundation