TRAINING FACILITY BOOSTS RECRUITING
Campus varsity, intramural and recreation programs had outgrown the sports facilities at SVSU. The original buildings didn’t have adequate training facilities nor did they allow for hosting tournaments. ROSSETTI’s master plan expanded the Ryder Center to create a dedicated training facility for student athletes that features a 300-meter indoor track with a synthetic surface covering the infield for baseball, softball, football and soccer.
The new Ryder Center has had a profound impact on the University's athletics program. The overall design of the facility and the new programming has tremendously enhanced athlete recruiting. In fact, the year after the facility was completed, SVSU Football signed every realistic prospect they were interested in recruiting.
Additionally, the new surface of the track has led to four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) records at the 2015 Championship and set one NCAA record. Since the completion of the new Ryder Center, the facility has been at 98% usage all year long. The ROSSETTI-designed facility has also created new revenue generating opportunities for the University. Renting out the facility and its conference rooms to community groups has exceeded the SVSU's Athletic Department's financial goal for 2015. This revenue is used to fund other projects, and further enhance SVSU's auxiliary operations.