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All Eyes on Volpe Expansion

Stephan Lockwood ’14 Staff Writer

The ongoing expansion at the Volpe Athletic Complex has drawn a lot of attention across campus.

The expansion will be 83,000 square feet added to the original building. There will be more locker rooms for athletes, a new weight room and a mini turf indoor field. A second rink will be added for youth hockey and other uses. There will be a new lobby, concession facilities, additional luxury boxes and a Merrimack pro shop. The well-anticipated addition has been on every athletes’ mind since the idea was first floated. “I am excited for the new beginning,” said Interim Athletic Director Dean O’Keefe. “I think this will be better for athletes, students and for sports medicine majors in general.”

The bookstore would be moved to Volpe once it is finished.

“This will allow us to expand our activity to grow within the sports medicine and athletic training majors,” said Mary Noonan, dean of science and engineering.

“The state of the art facility will allow our faculty to expand their research, and our students to expand experiential learning and clinical work,” said Noonan.

She also noted that the modern center will have the latest human performance and training equipment similar to U.S. Olympics training centers. “It’s a good idea, I think it will help the school expand, and give more reason for the student athletes to want to be here,” said senior running back Jimone Hill. A lot of student-athletes agreed that Merrimack has been lacking Division II-level athletic facilities.

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