A 107,639-square-foot expansion has been added to the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Que. The addition, which includes renovations of existing facilities, was funded by the governments of Canada and Quebec as well as the City of Sherbrooke. The project represents a total investment of $32-million.
“With this renovated and expanded sports centre, Bishop’s University is increasing and enhancing its service offering to the public in terms of ice sports and other sports activities,” says Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. “We can now offer higher-quality support for our student athletes as well as other high performance athletes. We are ready to host and provide support for major sporting events, as was the case in 2013 for the Canada Games.”
The expansion includes:
- An 800-seat arena;
- A double gymnasium with mezzanine;
- A new fitness centre;
- A new locker room for the school’s football team; and
- A building with a food court, outdoor patio, storage space, administrative offices and two classrooms.
Renovations of the original sports centre included the addition of two smart classrooms, a new sports medicine clinic, training rooms, an expanded weight room, a reception room and change rooms. The facility’s health and wellness offices were also renovated.
“Our government understands that recreation, health and sports centres are essential to Canadian communities,” says Canadian Senator Larry Smith. “That is why we are pleased to have invested together in Bishop’s University’s sports and recreation centre. This important facility will provide many advantages for university students and Sherbrooke residents for years to come.”