Sacred Heart University to build second recreation center

FAIRFIELD — Apparently one recreation center is enough for Sacred Heart University which is building a second, and naming it after it’s director of athletics, Bobby Valentine.

The $21.8 million center will be dedicated for the use of the entire student body, while the existing 21-year-old Pitt Center will become the main training grounds for the university’s 32 NCAA Division 1 teams and some 855 student athletes.

“I’m so excited to give our teams the training space they need to excel, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle and fun social opportunities for everyone on campus.” said Valentine, who is a retired major league baseball player.

Designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative, the new 57,400-square foot, three-story center will include an indoor track, a bowling center, an 18-bike spin center, a 45-foot climbing wall and exercise and weight-training rooms. The anticipated opening is August 2019.

The new complex will also include a bowling center and a third-floor juice bar.

William Reidy, vice president for University Advancement, said the new facility’s name is appropriate, as Valentine—a Connecticut native and former baseball player and manager—has been instrumental in taking this from an idea on a page to a reality.

The new center will not be “just a place to work out,” according to William Reidy, vice president for University Advancement. “It can also be a social hub for students.”