Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Facilities are On the Way!!!!

By a mere 200ish votes, the students at UofG supported the athletic facilities referendum question in the recent CSA election.

The question asked for an addition $4 from students each semester - athletic fees go from $34-$38 per semester and that increase will ultimately bring about MASSIVE changes.

I talked to Tom Kendall, the Director of Athletics today and he was extremely excited about receiving the support of the students.

The student contribution will finance two substantial projects:
1.) Renovation of the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre. We're talking new gyms, weight rooms, indoor track, changing facilities, offices, the whole nine. This is the building that is most used by students and Kendall wanted to make sure that their financial contribution went towards a facility that exclusively benefits students. Look for building to commence within the next 18-24 months for this incredible project.

2.) Synthetic turf soccer fields. The days of poorly irrigated grass and inconsistent traction will soon be over as the new fields will feature synthetic turf, a modern surface similar to that at BMO Field in Toronto where Toronto FC play Major League Soccer. Not only will the existing fields be replaced, but new ones will also be built. This project will be the first to get underway and an optimistic Kendall said Fall 2010 would be the LATEST that these new fields would be available for use.

This is great news for the university as a whole! The Athletic quadrant of campus was recently deemed the area of greatest need. Kendall was very appreciative of student support and Guelph's top-ranked intramural program will also receive a great boost from this.

Look for more information on this development in this week's edition of The Ontarion as both myself and the current Sports Editor, Daniel Bitonti will provide comments.


Welcome Gryphon Sports Fans!

Welcome to MT @ UofG, my blog that will provide you with everything you need to know about Guelph Gryphons Athletics.

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Mike Treadgold and I've just graduated from UofG after four and a half great years. For the past year, I've been writing sports for The Ontarion newspaper and broadcasting men's and women's basketball and women's hockey on CFRU 93.3FM, the campus radio station.

Next year, I'll be continuing with the sports radio broadcasting and working as the Sports Editor of The Ontarion.

This blog will hopefully provide you with Gryphon sports information AS IT HAPPENS, so you won't have to wait until Thursday when the newspaper comes out to get your sports info.

All suggestions are welcome at anytime - if there's a story you want covered, let me know!

Look for my articles in The Ontarion every week and support your Gryphons Athletics!

My first REAL blog will discuss the recent student decision to support the renovation of the athletic facilities, an incredible development that will see major changes on campus.