Kline Life/Sports Learning Center (1980-present)

Kline Center, 1990

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kline Life/Sports Learning Center, built to replace the Alumni Gymnasium, took place on May 18, 1979. The facility was opened in September 1980 and officially dedicated during Homecoming Weekend on October 25 of that same year. It was designed by Daniel F. Tully and constructed at a cost of $3.5 million. The Center is dedicated to the memory of Josiah and Bessie Kline, whose grant of $500,000 made the building possible.

The Kline Center is a multi-use facility which can accommodate many sports and activities. It has an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts, squash and racquetball courts, a swimming pool and diving area, a dance floor, a climbing wall, and a seminar room. A Fitness Center, offering free weights and both strength training and aerobic exercise machines, was added to the building in 1998. In addition to its sports and recreational spaces, the Kline Center also houses the department of physical education, the College Health Center, and the College Counseling Center, the latter two located within the Fitness Center addition.

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