University officials broke ground Sept. 23 for a regulations-sized sports court.

Construction on the blue- and orange-trimmed court began on Sept. 27 with an anticipated completion date sometime in January, possibly sooner.

The sports court is going to be a way for the campus recreation to help students engage in and be more active with exercising and fun activities.

The demand for a sports court by students has been high. “The sports court was in need after observing students playing basketball and volleyball in the Bill Miller plaza, [so] we needed to provide a better facility for them to play on,” said Rudy Mendez, program coordinator for campus recreation at the Downtown Campus.

Jesse Kent, junior architecture major said, “I think it will be exciting. I have almost a three-hour gap between classes, so this will give me something to do.” The court will be available for open recreation during the day at scheduled times when no organized teams are scheduled to play.

“Students have shown interest in the downtown sports we offer, and they have played in the 3-on-3 basketball tournaments we have offered for them here,” said Mendez. “With the new sports court they will be able to play in leagues and tournaments in a number of different sports, which includes basketball, volleyball, soccer and dodgeball.”

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