The Home Team’s New Stomping Ground
Investors Group Field Open and Active
On June 27, 2013, the new $200 million Investors Group Field officially opened on the University of Manitoba campus. Home to the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the 33,500-seat stadium is also the home field for the University of Manitoba Bisons Football team. Equipped with professional-level training facilities, Investors Group Field is the newest and largest stadium in Canadian university football.
By providing new opportunities for student athletes, Investors Group Field creates a more dynamic, innovative and community-focused campus.
Developing a World-Class Active Living Centre
Construction is underway on the university’s 100,000 square-foot Active Living Centre. This world-class health, wellness and fitness centre will house a state-of-the-art indoor running track, 40-foot climbing wall, social gathering area for students, strength and conditioning room, group workout area and three multi-purpose rooms.
The centre will also be an applied research centre devoted to bringing together researchers and graduate students with service providers from multiple disciplines in an effort to support those striving to achieve and sustain an active lifestyle.
Transforming the average Canadian from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one will help prevent chronic disease. The new Active Living Centre will help the U of M lead that change in Manitoba.
Dafoe Library Gets Substantial Renovation
In January 2013, the university unveiled a $5.5 million redesign of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. It was another milestone in the university’s plan to transform the Fort Garry Campus while maintaining the historic character of its buildings.
Library users now have access to high quality and personalized service at a new service desk. Also available are self-serve circulation kiosks and an open access reserve collection. Interactive media spaces for teaching small groups and working collaboratively have also been incorporated in the renovation. Significant mechanical and electrical upgrades were completed, including additional computer wiring to better support advancing technologies.
LM Architectural Group designed the library as a collaborative learning space. It provides centralized access to staff and builds a sense of community among students. Both modern and inviting, the new space contributes to the exceptional student experience that characterizes a U of M education.