College of Saint Mary Announces Plans for Multi-Million Dollar Wellness & Athletic Center
OMAHA, NE – College of Saint Mary (CSM) has approved the construction of its new state-of-the-art $18 million athletic facility, which will provide its students and the greater Omaha area with a place for women to excel and grow through athletics. Attached to the Lied Fitness Center, CSM’s Wellness & Athletic Center (WAC) will dramatically expand access to year-round training, recreation and performance spaces for students, athletes, and the surrounding community.
“We really want to claim the space for women’s athletics in the region,” said College of Saint Mary President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM. “Evidence is overwhelming that athletic participation and physical activity play critical roles in the health, wellbeing, and success of women. This is a major investment in line with our commitment to call forth potential and foster leadership.”
Created to be a center for women’s athletics in the heart of Omaha, the venue will feature a competition quality track capable of hosting collegiate-level indoor track and field events. In addition, the facility will include three basketball/volleyball courts, indoor batting tunnels, a golf simulator, new fitness areas and cardio equipment, modern locker rooms, meeting space, and more. Totaling more than 82,000 square feet, the development will have a transformative impact on the campus.
“We believe women who compete today will succeed tomorrow,” said Rick Jeffries, a member of College of Saint Mary's board of directors. “Through every type of athletics – from group yoga to nationally-ranked volleyball, our facilities will offer women the chance to become the resilient, healthy, and disciplined leaders they are destined to be.”