Sid Hartman has been a major voice on the Minnesota sports scene for several decades. He writes a column four days a week, and has a weekly radio program on WCCO830 at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. He also can be heard at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. on weekdays.

U rec center under construction

Posted by: Sid Hartman under Gophers recruiting Updated: March 22, 2012 - 4:45 PM

It has been kind of a secret, but the University of Minnesota is in the process of building a recreation center that will almost double the size of their present recreation facilities.

The $59.6 million center will have 145,000 square feet of things like basketball courts and other facilities that the students have been pushing for and that the university has lacked.

Some of the features of this building will be a larger fitness center, a center for outdoor adventures, multipurpose rooms, an elevated track, recreational sports office space, and a full-service cafe.

The building will be close to the University Aquatic Center and will also include a wellness resource center and an indoor cycling studio.

It will be completed in the fall of 2013 and is being funded by student service fees.

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