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Recreation Sports Complex

new track field point of view

Project Features:

  • Approximately 370,000 square feet
  • Artificial turf infield
  • Fully lit, 4 pole system
  • Grandstands with 600 spectator seats
  • 400-meter all-weather track that meets all NCAA competition specifications to accommodate all running events and multi-directional runways for jump events, i.e., high jump, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump
  • Throws venue that meets all NCAA competition specifications to accommodate hammer, shot put, javelin, and discus
  • Stadium style scoreboard
  • Restrooms with storage facility for equipment
  • Food truck capabilities
  • Additional 1,000 + hours to program outdoor activities
  • Safe, protected space for students to recreate at night
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Electricity, and internet and/or wireless capabilities

Budget: $8 million


  • When did this facility open?

    It opened in October 2018.

  • Which departments were involved in the creation and construction of this capital project?

    Recreation; Facilities; Athletics

  • Is this project student funded?

    Yes. This project was unanimously passed in September of 2017 by the Student Recreation Advisory Board. $4 million has been identified from Recreation fee reserves. $4 million has been identified from auxiliary enterprise reserves.

  • What is the ultimate need for this project?

    There has not been a Recreation expansion since the Student Union and Recreation Center facility opened in 2006. The expansion will provide CWU students, the varsity track & field/cross country programs, and academic departments a state-of-the-art facility that not only provides a safe destination to recreate, teach, practice and compete, as well as a facility that is capable of hosting state, conference, regional, and national meets.

    Additionally, the lighted artificial turf infield will accommodate numerous recreation, intramural, and club sport activities that are not limited to daylight hours.

    This track and field turf addition will provide an additional 1,000+ hours to program outdoor activities and help reduce some pressure on indoor activity spaces for recreation.

    Currently, Recreation does not have the capacity to rotate fields at Alder during the school year. The ability to rest fields allows for field recovery, better playing surface, and damage repair. The addition of artificial turf would help to eliminate many of these challenges.