Roosevelt opens new athletic facility
January 4, 2013

Roosevelt University has opened its new Lillian and Larry Goodman Center, a two-floor athletic facility at 501 S. Wabash Ave. The first standalone facility for college athletics in the South Loop, the center serves as a field house with 28,000 square feet to host home games for Roosevelt’s Lakers men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team.

The facility also will host other athletic department competitions and events, intramural and recreational programming for the Roosevelt community, and external functions.

“We are pleased to open an athletics facility on our Chicago campus,” said Roosevelt University President Charles Middleton, who reinstated intercollegiate athletics for men at the University after a 21-year absence in 2010 and who instituted a program for women for the first time in the university’s history that same academic year.

Located at the southeast corner of Congress Parkway and Wabash Avenue, the Goodman Center includes a multi-purpose gymnasium on the second floor, which has retractable bleachers that seat 500 people. By spring 2013, the facility also will house administrative offices for athletics staff, a varsity strength and conditioning center, an athletics training room, team meeting rooms, and a student lounge and locker rooms on the first floor.

The Goodman Center is named after Larry Goodman, who made a lead gift of $3 million for the project, and his late wife, Lillian. Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the tan colored complex, which includes tintedribbon windows and a corner glass entryway. It also has sustainable features such as a 3,500-square-foot green roof with native plants; officials expect the center to earn LEED certification.

For more information, call (312) 341-3512.