E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

Wiegand Rendering

The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center, backed by an $8 million lead gift from the E. L Wiegand Foundation, will continue elevating the campus experience and contribute to the health, wellness and success of students for years to come.

It is envisioned as offering multiple fitness areas for weightlifting, training and a multitude of other fitness classes and activities, plus an indoor, 200-meter, 1/8th mile running track. Three full-court gymnasiums will be used for basketball and other indoor-court sports. Construction of the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center will begin in 2015 and it is estimated to open in 2017. The facility will be available to the University's students, faculty and staff.

There is a tremendous amount of research and data that connects student fitness levels to improved cognitive function, academic performance, social networks and engagement on campus, plus a decrease in stress and anxiety."

- Jim Fitzsimmons, the University's director of campus recreation and wellness and the Lombardi Recreation Center

Total project cost is estimated at $46 million dollars, to be funded through private gifts, student fees and the University's capital-project bonding capacity.

The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center will nearly triple the space dedicated to fitness and recreation at the University of Nevada, Reno.