(Sept. 21, 2010)--Three-point cheers, blocked-shot "ahhhs" and half-court action will soon take place every day at the UTSA Downtown Campus. University officials will break ground at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, for a regulation-sized sports court.
The event will be at the grassy area between the Durango and Frio Street buildings. In case of rain, the event will be in the Frio Street Building commons. The all-weather court will feature a soft-rubberized surface durable enough to handle the fiercest baller.
"We are really excited," said Rudy Mendez, program coordinator for campus recreation at the Downtown Campus. "We have a weight room and group exercise room on the third floor of the Durango Building, but with the addition of the sports court, this is like our new recreation center."
Construction on the blue- and orange-trimmed court with the prominent Rowdy head in the center is scheduled to begin Sept. 27 with an anticipated completion date sometime in January, possibly earlier. It will be used to host basketball and volleyball games.
"The court will be available during the day for open recreation. Students can check out basketballs from our recreation center office," said Mendez, who added that a schedule has not been decided. but is certain to include alternating times for open basketball and volleyball play.
The court, which will be lighted, will be used at night for league play and will be available for rent by the general public.
The court is part of a Downtown Campus plan to offer students a variety of intramural and strength and conditioning opportunities. Plans also are in the works to install a floating wooden floor in the group exercise room so that more high-impact classes can be offered as well as dance classes.
"The dance classes will be in partnership with UTSA's music department. These will be classes that any student can take," said Mendez.
For more information about the sports court or upcoming plans for recreation at the Downtown Campus, e-mail Rudy Mendez.
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