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BGSU rec center gets $13 million makeover

Image courtesy BGSU. Image courtesy BGSU.
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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A$13 million renovation project is about to start at Bowling Green StateUniversity. Next year, students will have an updated recreation center to helpkeep them fit.

Therecreation center was last updated in 1979. It will be unrecognizable after afloor-to-ceiling makeover.

Studentssay the update is needed.

"Itwill be nice to have new equipment because some of this stuff is falling apart,"said Gage Barton, a junior.

Nearlyhalf a million dollars will be spent on new equipment. Workout areas will bemore open with colorful designs and plenty of natural light. Locker rooms willbe brand new, as well as basketball court floors.

"Thebuzz words in higher education right now are recruitment and retention," said AssociateDirector of Facilities Thad Long. "So we certainly think it's going to help inour recruitment of students that might be looking at other schools and say, ‘Hey,this is a great spot. I want to be a part of this building.'"

Althoughcurrent students are excited, they don't think most prospective students willbe swayed by the center.

"You'renot going to make your ultimate decision about your education over a workoutfacility," said Julian Jackson.

Thefacility will be closed for two weeks. Major renovations will start mid-August.Students will be able to work out during renovations.

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