Jaws dropped in collective awe as Brandon University swung the doors open to the Healthy Living Centre for its Blue and Gold Celebration this weekend.
"We’ve had a great turnout," facility manager Maureen Bonar said. "They just keep coming and the reaction has been really positive, people are really excited about this facility."
Hundreds of athletes, alumni and the public at large packed the centre to get a tour of the new facility.
"It’s Blue and Gold day and we want to welcome the community into the new part of the building that is complete so far," Bonar said. "It’s not the grand opening, but it’s a way for us to get it open to the public and we’ve offered tours today."
Getting the facility into the public’s eye is important as the new centre has a community access agreement that will allow everyone who wants to use the facility, access to the facility. The agreement is something Bonar hopes the public takes full advantage of.
"The community gets to benefit from a first-rate healthy living facility and we hope that people will want to come here and maybe work out or do some rehab."
One of the crown jewels in the nearly 50,000 square-foot of new state-of-the-art space is the walking track, which wraps around the top of the gymnasium.
"We’re very excited about the track where people can come and walk and it’s safe and not slippery," Bonar said.
With a variety of memberships that range in amount based on age or what parts of the facility you would like to use, Bonar said the new centre is affordable for everyone.
The new fitness room makes the old room look more like a classroom and focuses on cardio training with the technology to get you through your workout. The Netpulse networking system ensures the user can listen to personalized music and video playlists or watch TV.
"There are no excuses to be a couch potato now and stay home and watch TV because you can come here and get on a bike and watch while you ride," Bonar said.