Hajjar's $1.7 Million Gift Launches State-of-the Art Sports Center
W. Douglas Hajjar '68 and his wife Mary '69 have taken a leadership role in the fundraising effort for Boston College's new state-of-the-art Sports Center with a $1.7-million gift to the dynamic and much-needed project that will provide the University with one of the finest athletic facilities in the nation.
The new Sports Center, which is expected to open in the spring of 1999, will meetthe recreational needs of the entire University community - students, faculty and staff, and friends. The planned approximately 300,000-square foot, multi-story facility will nearly triple the usable space of the current recreation center. It will also cover considerable less surface area than the present structure, opening up several acres of green space on the lower campus that will enable the University to add five outdoor tennis courts and three all-purpose playing fields.
Features of the new facility will include a 50-meter Olympic swimming pool with 750 spectator seats; two gymnasium swith five full-sized basketball courts and jogging track; an upper-level field house with space for seven basketball or tennis courts; a 200-meter NCAA indoor track; three international squash courts; five racquetball courts; 25,000 square feet of fitness, wellness and weight-training areas; new student, faculty and team locker rooms; and a multi-storied "Hall of Fame" atrium with views into the swimming pool, football stadium and squash/racquetball courts.
As well as expanded recreational facilities, the Sports Center will provide additional space for university-wide functions. The structure will be fully integrated with Alumni Stadium both functionally and aesthetically, and an impressive plaza will unite its entrance with those of both Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium.
The new center is being designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc., a firm which has planned many sports facilities of this nature across the nation.