Marquette reveals plans for combined athletic facility with Bucks

Freeman Staff

May 8, 2015



Early plans for a world-class athletic performance center that would be shared by Marquette University and the Milwaukee Bucks were unveiled Thursday. The center will be built on land the university recently acquired in the 800 block of West Michigan Street and will have locker rooms and office space for several athletic programs and combine indoor playing fields for MarquetteÕs lacrosse and soccer programs. It will also feature an indoor track and a world-class athletic performance research facility.
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MILWAUKEE - Early plans for a world-class athletic performance center that would be shared by Marquette University and the Milwaukee Bucks were unveiled Thursday.

The preliminary design concepts are part of a strategic partnership between the school and professional basketball team.

The center was first announced by President Michael R. Lovell in January and will support elite-level intercollegiate and professional athletics, academic research and campus health and wellness initiatives, according to a statement Thursday.

The center will be built on land the university recently acquired in the 800 block of West Michigan Street and funded through a combination of philanthropic gifts, corporate partnerships and research grants.



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Inside the center will be locker rooms and office space for several athletic programs and combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s lacrosse and soccer programs. It will also feature an indoor track and a world-class athletic performance research facility.

Lovell said the preliminary design concepts may change in scale, appearance and function as the university continues to define the scope of the project.

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“We have committed to doubling our research in the next five years and we aspire for the center to become a destination where renowned scientists, athletic trainers and elite athletes will come together,” Lovell said in a statement. “This project is a great example of how carrying out Marquette’s educational mission can play a significant role in spurring economic development, and we believe it will transform an important corridor in our city.”

Now the university will switch its focus to creating more refined design concepts for the facility that complement the character of the existing campus and respect the urban context, according to the announcement.