FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2007
VILLANOVA, PA. – When Villanova University officially cuts the ribbon on its newest structure, the $18.5 million Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Facility (IARF), on Thursday, the doors will open to a unique, state-of-the-art facility designed for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and for all students, staff and faculty. Highlighting Thursday afternoon’s opening will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house beginning at 4:00 p.m. The permanent name of the building will also be unveiled at that time.
“This new facility is unique in many ways and highlights our values of community,” said Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President. “In addition to serving as a practice and training facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, this new facility features a state-of-the-art fitness center for the entire campus community.”
Funded entirely through private donations, the IARF is a three-story, 55,000 square foot structure located on Ithan Avenue in front of the Pavilion. It includes a lobby atrium that will highlight the long and proud history of Villanova men’s and women’s basketball, complete with photos and other fascinating memorabilia from the history of the sports on campus. The atrium will also contain photos of Wildcat fans, a group known emphatically as the “Nova Nation.” The first two floors will house office space for both programs; two practice courts, one for each team; locker rooms; a weight room, cinema, and sports medicine area.
The third floor of the IARF is devoted to entirely to fitness and is open to all segments of the Villanova community. With windows showcasing the university’s main campus, the area features 40 cardio machines, selecterized weight equipment, as well as free weights. There is a large meeting space that will be utilized for such group exercise as aerobics, yoga and pilates.
The new facility is environmentally friendly with energy-saving motion sensor lights and ecologically-sound storm water management. In addition, over 250 new trees have been planted around the facility.
Designed by Mark B. Thompson & Associates of Philadelphia and built by Nason Construction Company, ground was broken on the IARF in the summer of 2006. A steel capping ceremony took place in January of 2007 and the building will officially open to the public on Thursday. University officials, representatives of student government and head basketball coaches Jay Wright (men) and Harry Perretta (women) will be on hand for the ceremony which will include an open house following the ribbon cutting.
Media members attending the ceremony can park in the lot located behind the Pavilion. Please enter off of Lancaster Avenue as the front driveway will be inaccessible to vehicles due to the ceremony.