The Athletics Department unveiled the newest changes to the Frank E. Gannett Field House on Jan. 30, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. The latest construction on the Frank E. Gannett Field House concluded Dec. 1, 2014.
Shelly Novak, Athletic Recruiting Coordinator and Associate Athletic Director, gave tours to students and visitors highlighting the new changes and improvements. The Field House is now handicap-accessible with a handicap and family-friendly bathroom located to the right of the updated entrance. The gymnasium received an updated sound system, new chairs, a padded score table and a fresh coat of paint. The training room is fully-equipped with state-of-the-art rehabilitation tools.
A rectangular addition was added while maintaining a section of the original building wall to create the new locker rooms for both the women’s and men’s basketball teams. The locker rooms have padded seats, bathrooms, showers and lockers for the athletes to store their uniforms. The walls are covered with a painted mural featuring action shots of the Wilson Phoenixes. The stairs to the lower level are wide and well-lit, leading to athletic offices, bowling lanes and archery range. The basement level of the new addition is currently unfinished with plans to make the space into offices or a training room. The bowling lanes are fully-operational with a large assortment of shoes, bowling balls and lockers. The lanes are staffed with hours posted at the door. The archery range hosts the Archery class and club. “We have had a lot of people come by, so it is very exciting!” said Novak at the end of the tour.
The open house was followed by a double-header game against Lancaster Bible College. The Lady Phoenix lost 31-68 and the Men Phoenix lost 93-101. The next event will be the Family Weekend Tailgate on Feb. 14, 2015. Prospective student athletes will be among the attending visitors. Wilson will be playing another double-header game against Gallaudet University following the tailgate.
Anyone interested in touring the facility should email firstname.lastname@example.org.