With the campus and the athletics
department completing its $300 million facilities upgrade in the
summer of 2004, The University of Akron has become one of the most
modern and up-to-date campuses in the Mid-American Conference. A
new field house and student recreation center, along with an on-campus
football practice facility, are the newest additions to the athletics
newest addition to the UA Athletics Facilities Complex is the Athletics
Field House. The field house, which is adjacent to the new Student
Recreation Center, Lee
Jackson Field, Ocasek Natatorium and Rhodes
Arena, is not only one of the finest indoor facilities in the
region, but also one of the best in the United States.
field house features a full 120-yard AstroPlay field, 300-meter
track, strength and conditioning center, indoor golf facility, football
locker rooms and spectator seating for 1,200.
The new varsity strength and conditioning center, with over 8,000-square-feet
of space, will include both strength training and rehabilitation
The Zips' indoor golf facility is among the best in the nation and
includes a putting green, bunker, video player development simulator
and study lounge for the student-athletes.
Additional components include a new training room, varsity locker
rooms, plus new athletic equipment and storage areas.
The Student Recreation Center includes such features as a four-lane,
elevated running track, basketball courts, rock-climbing wall, recreational
pool and weight room.
Both projects were part of a $300-million, five-year campus improvement
program. Under this initiative, The University added nine new buildings
and created 30 acres of new green space, including 30,000 trees,
to build a "New Landscape for Learning" in Akron. The
first of the new structures, the Polymer Engineering Academic Center,
opened in June of 2001.
Field House Features:
120-yard football field with an AstroPlay surface. AstroPlay is
the same surface that is utilized at the Rubber Bowl and the Zips'
new on-campus practice field. 110 individual wood lockers in the
football locker room with shelves, a bench seat and a lockable area
An 8,000-square-foot weight training facility which includes both
strength training and rehabilitation equipment.
300-meter six-lane track featuring a Mondo surface. The track features
an eight-lane straightaway and areas for jumping and throwing events.
3,500-square-foot sports medicine center featuring taping, treatment
and rehabilitation areas.
Starting in the fall of 2004, the Zips began holding football workouts
on the UA campus on the new practice fields adjacent to the Field
House. That field is also used by the men's and women's soccer teams
and is available for use 120-yard
AstroPlay practice field with goalposts at each end.
60-yard grass practice field.