In 1965, when the recreation and athletics complex opened, UW-Stout’s enrollment was less than 3,000. In fall 2022, enrollment was more than 7,200. Sixty years after construction, UW-Stout's Sports & Fitness Center needs a refresh. Due to its deteriorating conditions and lack of accessible space, Stout students, athletes, coaches and administrators have endorsed a call for change.
The Renovation Project adds a new entrance and addition to the Recreation Complex to increase open recreational fitness space for cardio and strength training for a variety of recreational users. A multiuse gym will provide a facility for students and community members to participate in activities ranging from open recreational use to club sports and intramural competitions. Locating the athletics weight room in what is now the fitness center will free up its current location for three multiuse studio gyms. This will ensure students are able to participate in group fitness classes and additional hands-on learning
opportunities. Locker rooms and restrooms will be expanded and updated to improve convenience, privacy, and accessibility.