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Aquinas breaking ground on $6.3M sports building
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Aquinas College is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a $6.3 million sports and recreation building.
MLive.com reports that administrators hope the expansion of the western Michigan school's athletic offerings will help attract new students to its Grand Rapids campus. Aquinas has about 2,160 students.
The Alksnis Athletics and Recreation Building is named for alumnus Greg Alksnis, who contributed $1.5 million for it.
The complex will house a 200-meter NCAA-certified track and indoor practice space for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
Aquinas Vice President Greg Meyer says the improved sports and recreation opportunities will help with recruitment of athletes and non-athletes.
The facility is next to the college's Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center, which opened in 2010 with a fitness center, basketball court and coaching offices.