Since the start of the Fall semester, students have had a new gymnasium adjacent to the Hadley Union Building, at the former site of the Theta Chi house and other properties at the south end of fraternity row. Owned by the Student Cooperative Association, the facility can accommodate three full basketball courts, each with its own scoreboard, five volleyball courts, or a variety of combinations. On the second level is a one-tenth-mile walking/jogging track that looks down on the gym.
Inside, the walking/jogging track looks down on more than 20,500 square feet of gymnasium. —Keith Boyer
According to Student Co-op officials, the building is unusual in that the nonprofit Co-op owns the first two floors, and student housing owned by a private developer occupies the top three. The Co-op paid $8 million for its share of the construction. Above the gymnasium’s drop ceiling is a cement slab separating what are considered to be two buildings. “It’s like a mini-mall, only stacked on top of each other rather than side by side,” said Mike Carnovale, director of campus recreation.
The HUB gymnasium and apartment building faces Seventh Street, at the south end of fraternity row. —Keith Boyer
The gymnasium is available on a first-come, first-served basis to students and any other activity-fee paying person, giving another option to those who would need to make way for varsity or club sports at Memorial Field House. Carnovale sees the gym as the new home for the intramural sports program, mainly basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer, but also new additions like pickle ball and dodge ball. “We want this to be so much more than basketball courts,” Carnovale said.
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