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East Campus Athletic Village Grand  Opening Celebration Oct. 3
Two years ago, the East Campus Athletic Village began with the stroke of a shovel. The facility, the most extensive athletic construction project in the Institute’s history, will improve dramatically campus athletic facilities, expand athletic opportunities, and enhance the overall student experience at Rensselaer.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the surrounding community are invited to attend the official grand opening celebration.

The celebration will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., featuring remarks by Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson; Samuel Heffner ’56, chairman of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees; Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life; and James Knowlton, director of athletics. The event will be held on the concourse area, immediately followed by an opening ceremony program that will be held in the arena beginning around 10:15 a.m. Building tours will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m., members of the campus and surrounding community are also invited to enjoy the FanFest event that will feature food, music, games, and much more. FanFest will be held outdoors on the East Campus Athletic Village concourse.

“The grand opening of the East Campus Athletic Village ushers in a new era at Rensselaer,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “This outstanding new facility is part of a paradigm shift to reinvigorate the student experience. Along with the CLASS (Clustered Learning Advocacy and Support for Students) initiative, and the award-winning First-Year Experience, ECAV extends learning across the full spectrum of student life. ECAV is not just an athletic facility. It is truly a center for student growth that will nurture the mind, body, and spirit of the Rensselaer campus community and beyond.”

The project involves two phases. The grand opening signifies the end of Phase 1 which includes a multipurpose, lighted stadium with field turf and seating for 5,200 and three basketball courts, including a performance arena with seating for 1,200. Also, a state-of-the-art 4,800-square-foot strength and conditioning center connects to a professional-caliber sports medicine suite, and within the arena are offices for athletic administrators and coaches, numerous meeting spaces, a new Athletics Hall of Fame, a pro shop, and a café. Renovations to the Houston Field House were also made. Phase 2 will feature an indoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, and an indoor sports facility complete with a track and tennis courts. The time frame for Phase 2 is still being developed.

To view a complete schedule for the grand opening, go to www.rpi.edu/about/ecav/.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 9, September 25, 2009
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