Significant changes are coming to Samford University’s recreational facilities. According to Samford’s website, a new recreation complex is under construction and is expected to arrive in the fall of 2024. The workout facilities aren’t just getting a facelift; many new additions are being implemented to improve Samford’s student population’s physical and mental well-being.
The new complex colloquially referred to as “Seibert 2.0,” will consist of updating and renovating four buildings and 154,000 square feet of space on Samford’s campus, costing a total of $65 million, the largest capital project in Samford’s history. Seibert Hall will gain two new basketball courts, the addition of a multi-use court, fitness, and dance studios, as well as a new e-sports studio for the burgeoning gaming community at Samford. The project will also add state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines and a multi-purpose workout area.
Furthermore, the new Seibert will have lounge areas, a coffee house and a 24-hour convenience store, adding another social hub to Samford’s campus. The remodeling project also extends to Bashinsky Field House, as the gym will be a hub for Samford’s student-athlete population. In addition, new team training spaces and dedicated practice areas for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams are being added to the facility.
Thirdly, the project will add a new 20,000-square-foot building dedicated to recreation and events. The building will include a suspended indoor track, additional basketball courts and cardio spaces, stages for campus events, a catering kitchen, outdoor athletic spaces, a walkway and a covered balcony near Bobby Bowden Field.
Finally, the first floor of Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center will become the new home for the health center and counseling services. Partnering with Hoar Construction and Davis Architects, the construction process will begin in 2023. Samford students have reported excitement for the upcoming renovations.
“I’m excited for the renovations because there will be more opportunities for students who recreationally work out and more common areas for students to gather and be in community together,” student Caroline Seeling said.
However, Seeling also expressed concern about the project, questioning “how the current recreational facilities are going to function during construction.”
“Are we going to lose access to the resources we have while construction is happening?” Seeling said.
While the answer to this is unclear, the project is nevertheless a bold undertaking and a welcome change to Samford’s campus. Whether you’ll be enjoying a coffee on the balcony or tearing up the track, the new Seibert Gym is sure to cater to the needs of every student.
Staff Writer (Sports)