Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Finally Done!

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Mayor Provenzano and David Orazietti spot Dr. Myers in the weight room.
Mayor Provenzano and David Orazietti spot Dr. Myers in the weight room.
Mayor Provenzano said he's impressed with the new addition and the growth of the University in general
Mayor Provenzano said he’s impressed with the new addition and the growth of the University in general

In 1992, the George Leach Centre opened at Algoma University, “it wasn’t really designed for varsity sports and athletes” Dr. Richard Myers, President of the University told a crowd Wednesday morning. The original building was 36,000 square feet, it included three full size courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis, indoor soccer and badminton.

Today, local dignitaries such as Mayor Christian Provenzano, David Orazietti, MPP joined Dr. Myers,faculty, staff and students for the ribbon cutting of the newly expanded George Leach Centre.

What an expansion it is. A new 10,000 square feet addition with a second floor was officially opened to students and the general public.

The $4.9 million dollar project that started about a year ago was helped with $2 million from the Province through the NOHFC.

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the new second floor addition includes the cardio workout area, complete with new equipment. Clean and Bright too!
A long time user at the GLC , members over 80 now get free memberships for the rest of their lives
Karin von Althen A long time user at the GLC loves the changes. Members over age 80 now get free memberships for the rest of their lives

“Our government’s support for the revitalization of the Algoma University campus provides students and community members with access to a new state-of-the-art athletic facility,” said Orazietti. “The expansion and improvements to the George Leach Centre will allow the university to host larger sporting events which will help strengthen tourism and the local economy.”

This 10,000 square foot expansion at Algoma University includes additional cardio and weight room space, locker rooms, coaching staff offices and physiotherapy and training rooms. In addition, the George Leach expansion will create five local jobs.

“We are thrilled with the newly renovated George Leach Centre. The generous donation of $2 million by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation significantly aided the expansion and renovations of our fitness facility. The new athletics complex allows us to promote health and wellness on campus and in our community, but also allows us to grow our varsity teams and host larger sporting events within the Ontario University Athletics,” said Dr. Richard Myers, Algoma University President.

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A jungle Gym for adults
A jungle Gym for adults
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THE GLC was once just one floor, with the second floor expansion there’s plenty of space for everyone!