SVAC Locker and Storage Facility
St. Ambrose University will hold a Blessing and Dedication Ceremony for a new locker room and storage facility at the St. Vincent's Athletics Complex at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 2.
A reception for the 11,664-square-foot building will continue through 7 p.m.
The building features two large locker rooms with a total of 195 lockers for SAU's varsity and junior varsity football teams, and will provide walkout access to the SVAC field that serves as varsity practice space and is home field for the junior varsity squad.
The two-story building also features a fully equipped training room, a laundry room, and ample storage space for other teams that use the two-year-old complex, including those from Assumption High School.
The locker rooms will be WiFi-equipped and also serve as meeting and film study rooms for the football squads. Coach Mike Magistrelli and his staff will occupy a suite of six offices surrounding the locker rooms on the facility's second floor.
"For a ‘small-time' college football program, this is a big-time facility," Magistrelli said. "It is certainly exciting to see St. Ambrose take this step."
St. Ambrose Vice President for Finance Mike Poster '88 said the building provides a much-needed central home for the university's largest athletics program. More than 150 student-athletes suit up for the Fighting Bees varsity and junior varsity programs each year.
"We weren't able to put locker rooms big enough to accommodate our football teams in the new Wellness and Recreation Center," said Poster, himself a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Fighting Bees from 1984-1987. "Our football coaches have had offices in numerous spots over the years. We tried to make this their own home. It makes sense to have it at the St. Vincent's Athletics Complex, rather than on campus."
Bush Construction broke ground on the $2.5 million building in October of 2017. The facility was designed by Studio 483 Architects of the Quad Cities.