Northwestern University to build new athletics and recreation complex

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Northwestern University has announced that it will file for a permit to build its new Lakefront Athletics and Recreation Complex on the Evanston campus.

In a statement, the university said that a permit request will be made with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. To construct the building, Northwestern will work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other agencies.

In addition, Northwestern said that renovation of the soccer/lacrosse and field hockey fields and construction of an outdoor football practice field will begin this spring.

The complex will include a new fieldhouse that will provide a large, indoor multipurpose facility. The new fieldhouse will be named Ryan Fieldhouse in honor of the leadership generosity of alumni Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan. The field located inside the fieldhouse will be named Wilson Field in honor of support from alumni Stephen R. and Susan K. Wilson.

Moreover, the construction of a new outdoor football practice field and renovation of the soccer/lacrosse and field hockey fields will provide improved facilities for varsity sports, club sports and intramurals.

Ryan Fieldhouse will be located adjacent to the existing Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/Norris Aquatics Center and Combe Tennis Center. The new facility will replace an existing structure, which houses three basketball courts and a running track and a nearby outdoor parking lot.

Renovation of the soccer/lacrosse and field hockey fields and construction of the outdoor football practice field will begin this spring and is expected to be completed by spring 2016.

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