UVU Celebrates Grand Opening Of Intramural Fields
October 29, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Kaitlyn Tolman
Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland will join Shad Sorenson, UVU associate vice president of student life, as well as UVU’s intramural programs and club sports, university administrators and community members at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to cut the ribbon on the institution’s new intramural fields. Starting at 4 p.m., UVU’s intramural clubs will host a variety of fun athletic competitions for attendees and will award gift cards and other prizes to the winners
“We are thrilled to see these intramural fields completed and ready for our club sports to use for play, practice and competition,” said Sorenson. “We want the environment at UVU to be one that our students enjoy, both academically and socially, and having enough space for students to enjoy being on campus to take advantage of the co-curricular activities we offer is vital. These intramural fields are one of the ways we hope to add another dimension to student life.”
UVU acquired 100 acres of land from Anderson Geneva Development Inc. in September 2011. The plot is part of the 1,700-acre redevelopment site of the former Geneva Steel mill in the town of Vineyard, about 2.3 miles from the institution’s main campus in Orem. While approximately half of the property now houses the new intramural fields, the other half has been allocated for future building needs. The acquisition will also add roughly 900 parking stalls.
The acquisition, which was approved by the UVU Board of Trustees in 2010, includes a donation of half the property’s $20 million value from Anderson Geneva. UVU paid $5 million for the property. The remaining $5 million will be supplied by Redevelopment Agency reimbursements from available funds when infrastructure is put in place.
The four regulation-size fields, located west of Geneva Road and Center Street in Orem, are used by UVU’s intramural and club sports. For more information on intramurals at UVU, visit uvu.edu/intramurals.