Boston College athletics director Brad Bates has unveiled plans for three projects that will improve intercollegiate, intramural and club sports at the college.
The project, entailing an investment of about $200m, will involve the construction of a recreational centre, athletics playing fields, as well as an athletics field house.
The 240,000 sq ft recreational centre will be located at the site of Edmonds Hall on Thomas More Drive. The facility will replace the Flynn Recreation Complex.
The project was approved by the city of Boston in 2009 as part of the university’s Institutional Master Plan (IMP), and is being funded by a lead gift from Trustee Margot Connell and her family.
Work is expected to commence in mid-2016, after securing necessary permits, and will be completed within two years.
In addition, the university will seek permission for new baseball, softball and intramural fields on the Brighton Campus, which were granted in the 2009 IMP.
The university will also begin discussions with Boston city officials on construction of the indoor athletics field house, which will be built adjacent to Alumni Stadium.
The facility, financed through private gifts, will offer space for varsity football and other field sports, alongside campus recreation, club sports, and intramurals.
Bates said: “These new facilities will provide benefits for all BC students and student-athletes. We need the financial support of all of our alumni who have benefited from their BC education to provide opportunities for the next generation of BC students.
“The athletics field house sets an example of what we can do when our alumni and friends offer their support for our athletics initiatives.”