New fieldhouse opens on U-Mary campus

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The University of Mary has a new addition to their expanding campus.

The school opened its new fieldhouse and wellness center earlier today.

Two-floors, 80,000 square feet. University of Mary athletes say their new field house is a dream come true.

"When I heard that we were getting a new center, I got super excited," says Eileen Leong, junior tennis player.

It'll save some teams a long drive downtown.

"We're one of the only teams that have to drive 20 minutes in town to go practice, and we still do, but now with the bigger facility we can practice here," says Leong.

And others say it's already aiding with training and boosting morale.

"I feel like the effort level is that much higher because you want to see how fast you can go, how far you can jump, how high you can jump on this new facility," says Adam Cebulla, senior track and field athlete.

But one of the biggest bonuses for students is the ample amount of space.

Whether it's volleyball, softball, racquetball or tennis, the fieldhouse allows multiple teams to practice at the same time. Something coaches and athletes say saves valuable time.

"Our kids have to go to class, they've gotta be in the weight room, they've got to eat, they've got to shower, they've got a social life. We don't want to be having practices at 10 or 11 at night," says Dan Huntley, Associate Athletic Director.

Administration says the new fieldhouse and wellness center will also help with attracting prospective students.

"Wellness concerns among this rising generation are really important. So as they're choosing where they want to go to college, they're asking where am I going to eat? Where am I going to sleep? Where am I going to study? Where am i going to workout?" says Monsignor James P. Shea, U-Mary President.

And they say they're hoping it will build a legacy, and inspire students for decades to come.

The former Leach Fieldhouse is being constructed into the Lumen Vitae University Center, which will open this fall.