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Fitness Facility Dedications Part of Homecoming Celebration
Oklahoma City University will hold dedication ceremonies for its two new fitness facilities as part of its Homecoming festivities Nov. 6 and 7. The Steve and Suzan Knight Strength and Conditioning Facility at McKinley Avenue and N.W. 28th Street will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Nov. 6. It is the first strength and conditioning facility for OCU Stars athletes. “Strength and conditioning play such an important role in college athletics, and this facility gives our students every opportunity to reach their full potential,” OCU Athletic Director Jim Abbott said. “Every team and every student-athlete is making use of the facility now. We are deeply appreciative of the generosity of Steve and Suzan Knight for making this facility a reality.” The building, located less than a block from campus, was purchased in 2007 and renovations began immediately. “As long-time supporters of OCU athletics, we thought a fitness center would add to an already successful program,” Steve Knight said. Knight is a 1970 graduate of OCU and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1999. The Aduddell Center at the Centennial Hall dormitory will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Nov. 7. Aduddell was a major donor to the Centennial Hall project. The fitness center is a 4,500 square-foot building equipped with new weight machines, free weights and cardio machines. It has locker rooms with showers, storage rooms for intramural sports and a director’s office. “This is the finishing touch to our modern residence facility,” Dean of Students John Riggs said. “It offers a clean, comfortable, safe space where our students can exercise without having to leave campus.”