Education
9:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

URI to Unveil Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Center

The University of Rhode Island will unveil its new work-out center this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this week on the new Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center.

The interior of the Fascitelli Center at URI.
Credit Courtesy URI

It’s located in the former Roger Williams dining hall, which has undergone an eleven-million dollar renovation. It’s a 33-thousand square foot facility with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight lifting equipment.

Thomas Dougan, the university’s vice president for student affairs, said it replaces Mackal Field House, a much smaller facility that the school had long outgrown.

"It really was an inadequate facility in terms of use, long lines, particularly during the early evening hours when an awful lot of our students tend to take advantage of the facilities," said Dougan.

A new dining hall has been built to replace the one that’s now a gymnasium.

The new wellness center is named after the mother of URI graduate and philanthropist Michael Fascitelli.

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