University of Saskatchewan Constructs Sports Science Facility

Published 7-26-2019
  • University of Saskatchewan - Merlis Belsher Place
  • University of Saskatchewan - Merlis Belsher Place

    Courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan.

The University of Saskatchewan is building the $45 million Merlis Belsher Place in Saskatoon, Canada. The multi-sport facility will include a community ice rink, a gymnasium with two full-size basketball courts, locker rooms, lounges, therapy rooms, and a 2,500-seat hockey bowl with room for an additional 1,000 fans. The project will feature the $2 million Ron and Jane Graham Sport Science and Health Centre, a performance research facility supporting athlete conditioning, education, nutrition, injury prevention, and recovery. Providing a collaborative environment for the application of strategies from kinesiology, physiology, psychology, and biomechanics, the center will provide motion-capture technologies, equipment for body composition analysis, a blood and tissue collection area, a concussion evaluation space, and a three-story impact testing suite for sports engineering. Occupancy of the complex is expected by early 2019.