TD Bank Sports Center
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The TD Bank Sports Center is a 185,000-square-foot facility with basketball and hockey arenas joined by a common lobby area and university club. The new athletic center also includes: offices, locker rooms, club and premium seating, conference and meeting rooms, storage and weight-training facilities. The center is the first building in Quinnipiac's $360 million project to develop its 250-acre York Hill campus off Sherman Avenue, less than a mile from the Mount Carmel campus.
Hundreds of University friends, supporters, faculty, staff, and students gathered in the brisk morning on Jan. 27 for the official opening and dedication of the TD Bank Sports Center and unveiling of the bobcat statue which stands guard in front.
Quinnipiac spent several years and $52 million developing the state-of-the-art TD Bank Sports Center as part of its new York Hill Campus. The center features separate arenas for the University's NCAA Division I men's/women's basketball and hockey programs.
Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey called the 180,000-square-foot facility "by far the largest, most ambitious and complex construction project in Quinnipiac history."
"This project has involved moving 615,000 tons of earth and rock – that is 41,000 dump truck trips – all of which has remained on site, constructing a four-lane highway to the sky, bringing utilities up the hill, making certain that we took advantage of this incredible view and preserving the bucolic environment that we now call York Hill," Lahey said.
"Indeed, this was not just a building project. This was the creation of an entirely new campus for the next 100 years," he said. "And I can think of no better way to celebrate this achievement than by dedicating the crown jewel that is known as the TD Bank Sports Center."
John Patrick, Connecticut president of TD Bank, said "It's an honor for TD Bank to put their name on this facility, and we hope all will be blessed who visit, compete and play here."
The day began at 10 a.m., as alumni and friends were allowed to tour the facility before a brief gathering in the University Club. Attendees were then led outdoors for the unveiling of the bobcat statue, a majestic bronze sculpture by Montana artisan J.C. Dye, who was on hand for the event.
During the ceremony, Student Government Association President Jennifer Rosenbaum read the "Legend of the Bobcat," a fantastical story devised by students that concludes with an invitation to rub the bobcat's paw for good luck.
The building then officially opened to the public, and the crowd was led indoors to see it first hand.
On hand for the dedication were a number of Quinnipiac friends and benefactors key to the development of the building, as well as notable members of the community.
"This facility is nothing short of spectacular," said Terry W. Goodwin, chairman of the board of trustees. "I equate this and the recent announcment that Quinnipiac plans to purchase the Blue Cross/Blue Shield campus in North Haven with the event 40 years ago when Quinnipiac moved to the Mount Carmel Campus. It's that significant for the University."
Longtime Quinnipiac friend Marvin Lender and his brother, Murray, who is vice chairman of the board of trustees, said the vast sport center – and the Lender Court on which the first basketball game was played Saturday – has been a topic of much discussion between them.
"We think it's more than outstanding, someplace short of a miracle this should happen on this land," Marvin Lender said. "Miracles don't happen without miracle makers, and we think that's John Lahey."
The vast center includes a number of amenities designed with both athletes and guests in mind, including:
- The University Club — Named by trustee and chairman of the executive committee, Fred and Didi Mancheski, the post club contains a full service bar, professional kitchen and views of both the basketball and hockey arenas.
- Athletic Re-hab and Athletic Taping Area — Named by Peter and Marie Gambino, parents of Michael '06, this centrally located facility contains an area for taping of ankles, athletic training and treatment areas and a private doctor's examining room in case of an injury.
- Varsity Strength and Conditioning Room — Named by Bob and Patricia Hammel, parents of Rob '05, this spacious, mirrored facility is filled with cardio and strength equipment. The intercollegiate basketball and hockey athletes have a stunning view to keep them inspired as they work out.
Among the University notables who attended the event were:
- Terry W. Goodwin, chairman of the board of trustees
- Bob Hauser, vice chairman of the board of trustees
- Pat Healy, senior vice president for finance and administration
- Dick Kelley, trustee and leader of the New Millennium Campaign
- Bill Kohlhepp, chair of the Faculty Senate
- Marvin Lender, longtime Quinnipiac supporter
- Murray Lender, vice chairman of the board of trustees
- Jack McDonald, director of athletics
- Jennifer Rosenbaum, president of the Student Government Association
- Joe Rubertone, associate vice president for facilities administration
- Nancy Thorner-Southern, president of the Alumni Association
- Bill Weldon, secretary of the board of trustees
Other notables who attended include:
- Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., Connecticut senator, 17th District
- J.C. Dye, sculptor of the bobcat statue
- Craig Henrici, mayor of Hamden
- Gordie Howe, legendary hockey player and honorary chairman of the TD Bank Sports Center Campaign
- Eric Kruse, principal of the Minnesota-based Pegasus Group, sports center project manager
- Martin Looney, Connecticut senator, 11th District
- Joe McDonough, chair of the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission
- Jeff Riley, lead architect and partner-in-charge of Centerbrook Architects
When the very first athletics events got under way in the center, Northeast Conference Commissioner Brenda Weare and ECAC commissioner Steve Hagwell were on hand.
View a photo gallery from the dedication...
Directions to the TD Bank Sports Center
Take exit 10 (Route 40 connector) to Route 10 North (Whitney Avenue). Go for ¾ mile and make a left onto Sherman Avenue. The sports center is approx. ¼ mile on the right, across from a hiking/bike trail and its parking lot.
From Rte. 15 (Merritt Parkway) CARS ONLY
Take exit 61, Route 10 North (Whitney Avenue). Go for 2.7miles and turn left onto Sherman Avenue. The sports center is approx. ¼ mile on the right across from a hiking/bike trail and its parking lot.