Field of Dreams: Waterloo unveils CIF Field House
Warrior Field neighbours 65,000 square feet of new recreational space
Warrior Field neighbours 65,000 square feet of new recreational spaceBy Dan Ackerman Department of Athletics and Recreation
You can’t miss it—the Columbia Icefield Field House (CIF Field House) is officially open for business. Highlighted with an exterior that glows gold, the $16.5 million building is adding another 65,000 square feet of recreational space to Waterloo’s ever-growing campus.
Constructed just north of Warrior Field, off Columbia Street West, the multi-activity turf area will enhance student life by providing both recreational and varsity athletes with more space for physical activity. The full-playing field, measuring 100 by 50 yards, can also divide into three programmable areas allowing multiple activities at once.
“The well-being of our students is at the forefront at our University and we are thrilled to be able to deliver on this priority through additional recreational space at the Field House,” says Roly Webster, director of Athletics and Recreation. “These spaces and student engagement opportunities create a stronger campus community, contributing to a positive and successful student experience.”
Having broken ground in January 2018, the CIF Field House is one of two major physical activity expansions on campus; the other being a $41-million project connecting the Student Life Centre (SLC) and PAC. It’s Waterloo’s way of diversifying and strengthening student wellness initiatives on campus, while greatly enhancing the ability to provide diverse recreational opportunities for students to de-stress in a variety of activities offered by the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
The Field House is just one of multiple phases in the works to continue to expand and build recreational space. Other conceptual work includes a new bleacher surrounding Warrior Field and a new arena and pool.
“There is always a need for more recreational space on campus and the Field House delivers this and more, giving our students further opportunity to unwind from their busy academic schedules while prioritizing their physical and mental health,” says Chris Read, associate provost of students. “I look forward to seeing the facility in use and all of our students taking full advantage of this impressive facility.”