Facility Friday: Johns Hopkins Rec, NIU Baseball and More | Athletic Business

Facility Friday: Johns Hopkins Rec, NIU Baseball and More

Johns Hopkins University is set to begin work this month on a $27 million project to renovate and expand the Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being. The facility will double the facility’s strength and cardio conditioning space, increase opportunities for group activities, and include new spaces for student wellness programs, including a cafe and social spaces. 15,000 square feet of new space will be added as part of the project, while an additional 15,000 square feet will be renovated. Architecture firms MJMA and GWWO are partnering on the project. — Hub.JHU.edu

Northern Illinois University has unveiled a new fundraising campaign for a new baseball facility. The four-phase plan calls for a new synthetic turf infield, renovations to the bullpen and dugout, replacing the outfield grass with synthetic turf, a new grandstand and press box, new lighting and permanent restroom and concessions facilities. A new indoor hitting facility with covered bullpens is also included. The estimated cost of the project is $4 million, and will be funded entirely by private donations. — NIUHuskies.com  

The Citadel is nearing completion of its new weight room facility. The “Dawg Pound” project renovates the space with new paint and decor, upgraded equipment, new flooring, technology upgrades and office and storage space. The facility includes a new turf surface, new weight racks, a laser-timing system and more. — CitadelSports.com

Ysleta ISD in El Paso, Texas, recently held a ribbon cutting for the new Bel Air Athletics Complex to students. The $32 million, 98,000-square-foot project includes state-of-the-art facilities for athletes, including basketball and volleyball courts, fitness spaces with weights, gymnastics and dance facilities and a wrestling area. — KVIA.com

The NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights have plans to build a new hockey arena for its American Hockey League affiliate. The team purchased the San Antonio Rampage and will be relocating them to Nevada prior to the 2020-21 season, per a release. Details on the new arena were scarce, but plans call for a 6,000-seat venue located in Henderson, Nevada. — PSAM.UK.com

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